Lot 129 - 1973 Lotus Elan Plus 2 JPS Special
|Result||Sold - £22,640|
- No 22 of 115 Special Editions
- Classic Certificate of Vehicle Provenance
Released in 1967 the Elan Plus 2 was introduced to a motoring public who craved the long-distance versatility of a Grand Touring Coupé coupled to the Elans already established fantastic performance and roadholding. Lotus stretched the existing Elans wheelbase by 12 inches, added 24 inches to the overall length and balanced things up by making the car 10 inches wider. The result was a superbly balanced coupe which made no compromises when compared to its little brother’s performance. With some 5,200 Plus 2 examples built with arguably the most desirable and sought-after models being the ‘John Player Special’ commemorative edition, built to celebrate the first 50 consecutive wins by the Lotus team in world championship motor racing.
The impressive and rare car offered here is no. 22 of the 115 examples built. It presents in the special edition colours of black with gold roof and sills, this is complemented with an oatmeal interior. It benefits from a genuine replacement Lotus galvanised chassis and a Mick Miller solid driveshaft conversion. Prior to the vendors purchase a full suspension and braking system overhaul was undertaken including the replacement of the exhaust system. The vendor tells us that the car has seen very little use during his six year tenure. We are also informed that the paintwork may benefit from some attention. That aside this rare Lotus is ready to be enjoyed and is offered with a V5c registration document, a Lotus Certificate of vehicle Provenance, a letter from the archives at Lotus detailing the cars origins and a file containing various bills and receipts.
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