Lot 243 - 1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||450 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
|Result||Sold - £29,120|
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 fibreglass monocoque bodywork which proved insufficiently rigid. Chapman introduced an effective steel backbone chassis to the Elan whilst still retaining the fibreglass bodywork. So successful was this chassis, that it still forms the basis of Lotus cars today. Only weighing in at 680kgs 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 4 was introduced. Benefits included dashboard fresh air vents and improved interior trim and fittings. The fibreglass 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.
Originally yellow, this Elan S4 was restored for the previous owners by Lotus experts Fibreglass Services of Yapton, West Sussex and was completed circa 20 years ago. It received a new galvanised chassis, a complete mechanical overhaul including a blueprinted and balanced engine and a full interior refurbishment including a new hood and wet weather gear. The restoration cost was well over £25,000. Following completion, the car was used by Fiberglass Services for a 2001 Discovery Channel documentary, after which it was stored in the owner’s home. Purchased by the vendor a couple of years ago and put straight into his private collection, it has covered only 450 miles since this restoration. Recently taken to Lotus specialists in Surrey where they checked and set up the Weber carburettors, fitted a new starter motor and replaced the radiator. This work was carried out to make sure the car drives as well as it did when restored. Now finished in green with black interior, this Lotus Elan is supplied with an old style V5 registration document. This is a unique opportunity to own a stunning example of a British classic, which we expect will appreciate over time.
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