Lot 253 - 1967 Lotus Elan Plus 2
|Odometer reading||17,584 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £32,000|
Upon its launch in 1967, the Lotus Elan Plus 2 fitted very snugly between British sports car manufacturers such as Marcos, TVR and major manufacturers such as Triumph and MG. The Elan Plus 2 was a development and evolution from the original Elan of 1962 and saw a totally new closed coupé body designed to accommodate a couple of children or useful storage for shopping. The two Elans; the original still being produced alongside the Plus 2, had many interchangeable parts except for the body; this was a benefit to the Plus 2 as the mechanical parts had proven very reliable.
Supplied by Lotus Norwich in kit form (avoiding VAT) to Len Street Motors, Park Lane in November, 1967, it was then purchased by Mr. S. Butler. It was built up to include modifications to the engine, silver paint and an upgraded Moto Lita steering wheel. In 1970, it was then registered to Mr. D. Purdy in 1970, the father of the current owner, Mrs. P. Merrifield. Between 1971 and 1977, the car was kept off-road and garaged. It was then MoT tested in 1977 and used briefly until 1978 whereupon it was again dry-stored until 1998. Mr. Purdy passed away in 1996 and his daughter inherited the car, she employed the services of Mick Miller to fully restore the car and, with a mileage of just 11,495, this included a new chassis, renewed running gear but the tub and interior left as original. It has since been used for short, dry summer runs and the occasional rally. With just 17,584 miles recorded in 50 years, this really is a very little used example. Presented today, fully serviced and with an MoT test certificate valid until September as well as a comprehensive history file including original owners book and sales brochure, this is a very special Plus 2.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.