Lot 171 - 1971 Lotus Elan S4
|Odometer reading||44,059 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
The Lotus Elan was designed, in 1962, by the legendary Colin Chapman whose brilliance at lightweight chassis design produced one of the best handling sports cars ever; a design which is still revered as much today. The previous model, the Lotus Elite, had glassfibre monocoque bodywork which proved insufficiently rigid. Chapman introduced an effective steel backbone chassis to the Elan whilst still retaining the glassfibre bodywork. So successful was this chassis, that it still forms the basis of Lotus cars today. Only weighing in at 680kg and with a cleverly designed twin-cam 1498cc (and later 1558cc) engine built upon an existing Ford unit, it proved exceptionally nimble on the straights and in the corners showing Chapman's true understanding of suspension dynamics. In March, 1968 the final Series IV was introduced. Benefits included dashboard fresh-air vents and improved interior trim and fittings. The glassfibre coachwork was lighter and incorporated flared wheel arches to accommodate the wider wheels; side repeater/indicators and larger Plus 2 rear lights were also added.
This lovely example is presented in the rare and original colour of French Blue with black interior which is also totally original and in good condition. In 2010, the car underwent a cosmetic restoration when it was repainted in its present colour and the chrome was replaced along with new headlining, carpets and all rubbers to name just a few items. The car has been looked after by renowned Lotus specialists Morland Jones and there is a substantial history file which contains many invoices relating to work carried out by them and others going back many years. Bought six years ago by the present vendor, he has used it sparingly and always had it garaged which has resulted in the car being in such great condition today.