Lot 274 - 1968 Lotus Elan +2

Lot 274 - 1968 Lotus Elan +2

Lot 274 - 1968 Lotus Elan +2

Lot Number 274
Registration BGU 853G
Chassis Number 501070
Engine Number H16785B
Odometer reading 75,101 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £22,000
Result Sold - £18,678
  • Matching numbers example
  • Comprehensive history file
  • Restored and refreshed
  • Fitted with a replacement Lotus galvanised chassis

Launched by Lotus in 1962, the two-seater Elan which had been 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.

This example is finished in red with a black leather interior, it was restored in 2000 and has most recently been refreshed and shows a mere 75,101 miles on the odometer. Fitted with a replacement Lotus galvanised chassis and Rotoflex driveshaft couplings, this Elan is presented very well indeed. The paintwork is in good order and the interior is well with both seats, door cards and dashboard all in fine fettle. Offered in SE specification including Weber carburettors, the 1558cc twin cam engine is mated to a stainless-steel exhaust and is reported to be in good driving condition having been treated to new plugs, leads, coil and servicing less than 50 miles ago. Ready to be enjoyed by a new custodian, this Elan comes complete with a history file detailing previous maintenance work, sundry invoices, previous MoT test certificates and the current UK V5 registration document and certainly represents one of the best examples on the market today.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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