Lot 115 - 1972 Lotus Elan +2S
|Odometer reading||51,217 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £18,000|
|Result||Sold - £17,640|
Based upon the two-seater Elan which had been launched by Lotus in 1962, a classic GT style 2+2 model was developed using a stretched chassis and widened track to accommodate two small rear seats. Improvements to the interior and the addition of front fog lights, in 1969, characterised the new Elan +2S but it wasn't until the much-awaited big valve head engines arrived early in 1971 that the Elan +2 really came of age thanks to the new 126bhp output. Known as the Elan Sprint, the same engine was transplanted into the +2S to create the Elan +2S 130. This version was capable of 125mph and 0-60 in just 7.4 seconds. It wasn't just the rapid performance that boosted Lotus's image but the fact that this model was the first that Lotus chose not to supply in kit form thus controlling manufacturing quality.
This very well-presented example offered in John Player Special livery has been the subject of much restoration work. Completed by marque specialists, the work included a new spyder chassis, a suspension and brake overhaul, an extensive respray to the bodywork and a new interior. Offered with a comprehensive history file detailing the restoration, pictures of the rebuild, the UK V5C registration document and the valuable registration number ‘7 PPO’. In recent years, well respected specialists, Paul Matty Sport Cars have maintained the car where necessary and, as such, the Lotus is in good driving order. Having been in single ownership for over four decades, this example is priced very sensibly.
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