Lot 146 - 1967 Lotus Elan S3 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||18,004 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £33,000|
- Full nut and bolt rebuild including new chassis
- Recommissioned in January 2021
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 rare Lotus Elan S3 is finished in bright Daffodil Yellow with contrasting black trim interior. The car was registered new on 21st April 1967 and the registration document shows only six owners from 1977.
The car has been fully rebuilt from the ground up over the last 18 years, including a new Spyder chassis which has just been finished and recommissioned in January 2021 at a cost of £5,539, along with a full body off respray taken back to gel coat and all new front suspension, brake discs, engine flywheel and complete clutch assembly. This Elan has only done 38 miles since the rebuild and all details of the extensive work that has been carried out can be seen in the history file.
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