Lot 191 - 1968 Lotus Elan S3
|Odometer reading||62,500 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
Introduced in 1962, the Elan featured a simple but effective steel backbone frame and all-independent wishbone suspension which used a modified Chapman Strut, as developed in Lotus Grand Prix cars, at the rear. Rack-and-pinion steering was sourced from the Triumph Vitesse and there were Girling disc brakes all round. The Elan's engine was a highly modified 1498cc (later 1558cc) Ford Cortina unit incorporating Lotus's own twin-camshaft cylinder head and both the gearbox and differential came, likewise, from Ford. Introduced in November 1964, the S2 featured numerous detail styling changes and improved brakes. As one would expect given its background and specification, the Elan proved to be a highly capable circuit racer, and capitalising on the numerous successes achieved by privately entered cars, Lotus introduced their own version, the '26R', in 1964.
This fully restored S3 Elan presented in iconic Lotus yellow with black trim is offered with the accompanying hard top and is in fantastic condition throughout. The restoration on this delightful example took place between 2012 and 2015 after the car was rescued from long term storage during which time the owner has fitted a big valve fast-road/competition head to improve performance.
Within the history file, receipts from the restoration can be found coupled with recent MoT test certificates and a new MoT certificate issued in time for the sale and V5C registration document. Since restoration TYK 3F has covered a mere 2,000 miles and presents as if the restoration was completed very recently. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase what is surely a fast appreciating asset that would put a smile on anyone's face, as all Lotus's should.
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