Lot 159 - 1971 Lotus Elan Plus 2

Lot 159 - 1971 Lotus Elan Plus 2

Lot 159 - 1971 Lotus Elan Plus 2

Lot Number 159
Registration WDF 143J
Chassis Number 7004070167L
Engine Number F22453
Estimate £19,000 - £23,000
Result Sold - £19,320

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 wonderful example of this iconic British classic from Colin Chapman’s factory was purchased by the present owner in 2012 and has maintained the car superbly over the years with no expense spared. It is presented in red with black interior, both of which are superb condition. The car comes with a good history,  with invoices from Classics by JSW and Paul Matty showing evidence of work carried out to keep this Lotus in the fantastic condition you see today. These 2+2 Elans are timeless in aesthetics and as fun on the road today as they were when first manufactured, mirroring Lotus’ success on the track which is born into Motorsport folk law.

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