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1972 Lotus Elan +2S 130/4 - in car
1972 Lotus Elan +2S 130/4 for sale. The Elan +2 is absolutely great to drive and sounds fantastic. View the full details here -http://www.hiltonandmoss.com/v/120/lotus-elan--2s/1972/elan/ For more information on the Elan +2 or any other classic Lotus, please get on touch with us at http://www.hiltonandmoss.com





David Gidden Lotus Elan +2 Shelsley Walsh 17th July 2010
Practice and Class Runs for David Gidden in the Lotus Elan +2 competing in the Classic Sports pre-1975 Class at Shelsley Walsh 17th July 2010. 1st Class run gets a 'bit' out of shape at the Bottom S. He received a round of applause from the Marshals on the way back down! David proves It isn't only motorbikes that have a 'Tank Slapper'!





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Vintage: 1957 Lotus Elite | Drive it!
Christoph Bauer on the hunt for the classics of automotive history. Looking around Wolfburg's Zeithaus Musem, Christoph Bauer discovers one of the more innovative sports cars of the 1950s: the Lotus Elite. Just over a thousand of this model were built between 1957 and 1963. Founder of Lotus Colin Chapman ventured into new technical territory with this model. The body and the chassis were constructed completely from fiberglass parts, which were then fused together. The Elite also featured a purist interior design, paired with low-slung seating and a snappy gear shift. For more go to http://www.dw.de/dw/episode/9798/0,,15846404,00.html





1972 LOTUS ELAN + 2 S no rust ?? no metal !!!
While visiting this friendly MG workshop , i took a vid of this goodlooking Lotus Elan +2 , S type , and since all or most body-panels are made of glassfiber , there's only a bit of rust on the subframes.





Tour Auto 2009 - Dijon-Prenois - Lotus Elan
Caméra embarquée filmée lors du Tour Auto 2009 sur l'épreuve de Dijon-Prenois. A bord de la Lotus Elan 26R cat. GTS #246 de l'équipage J-P Lajournade / D Bachard ... Jean-Pierre vous fait vivre le tour de mise en place et le départ lancé ... Action!





The World's Fastest Lotus? - /TUNED
Frank Profera has spent six years making his Lotus go faster, stop shorter, and corner harder. Though it only has to move around 2,150 lbs, Frank's Lotus makes 680 wheel horsepower with a twin-charged 1.8L engine; giving it a better power-to-weight ratio than Mario Andretti's Formula One Lotus. It's an ongoing project that may never be finished, because of Frank's never-ending obsession with speed. We had to take it for a ride.





1969 Lotus Elan Plus 2
Lotus Elan Manufacturer Lotus Cars Production 1962--1973 Assembly Hethel, England Body style 2-door coupe 2-door roadster Layout FR layout Engine Lotus TwinCam 1,557 cc (1.6 L) I4 Wheelbase 2,134 mm (84 in) Length 3,683 mm (145 in) Width 1,422 mm (56 in) Height 1,156 mm (46 in) Curb weight 688 kg (1,517 lb) Lotus Elan is the name of two convertible cars and one fixed head coupé produced by Lotus Cars. The original Type 26, 26R Racing version (of the S1 Elan), 36R Racing version (of the S2 Elan), 36 Fixed Head Coupe, 45 Drop Head Coupe, and the "Type 50" +2 Coupe, circa 1962 to 1975, are commonly known as the '60s Elans. The Type M100 from 1989 to 1995, is also commonly known as the 1990s Elan. The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coupé version in 1965. The two-seat Lotus Elan replaced the elegant, but unreliable and expensive to produce Lotus Elite. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now-famous Elan steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. At 1,500 lb (680 kg), the Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy. Initial versions of the Elan were also available as a kit to be assembled by the customer. The Elan was technologically advanced with a DOHC 1557 cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and 4-wheel independent suspension. The "Lotus TwinCam" engine was based on Ford Kent Pre-Crossflow 4-cylinder 1498 cc engine, with a Harry Mundy-designed 2 valve alloy chain-driven twin-cam head. The rights to this design was later purchased by Ford, who renamed it to "Lotus-Ford Twin Cam". It would go on to be used in a number of Ford and Lotus production and racing models. Lotus Elan +2 Production 1967--1975 Body and chassis Body style 2-door 2+2-seater coupe Layout FR layout Engine Lotus TwinCam 1,557 cc (1.6 L) I4 Transmission 4-speed manual all-synchromesh Wheelbase 96 in (2,438 mm) Length 169 in (4,293 mm) Width 66 in (1,676 mm) Height 47 in (1,194 mm) An Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and two more rear seats. The Elan +2 embodied the Lotus spirit: It was a fast and agile sport coupe. It combined the performance and reliability of the Elan "Coupe" with genuine 2+2 passenger comfort. Tested maximum power: 108-126 bhp (net) (depending on the model); top speed: 120 mph (190 km/h), 0--60 mph in 7.9 seconds, 0-100 mph 21.8 seconds. 5,200 Elans +2 were made: fewer than 1,200 of these cars remain in the roads today. Their relative rarity, beautiful lines, impressive performance and practicality are the main factors for the rising interest on these cars among collectors. The Elan ceased production in 1973 and the Elan +2 in 1975, succeeded by Elite II and Lotus Eclat. An estimated total of 17,000 original Elans and Elans +2 were built. Because of its successful design and rigorous attention to cost control on the body, chassis, engine and the transmission, the Elan went on to become Lotus' first commercial success, reviving a company stretched thin by the more exotic and expensive to build Lotus Elite with fiberglass monocoque body/chassis and all-aluminium Coventry Climax engine; and enabled funding of the Lotus success in racing over the next ten years. This generation of the two-seater Elan was famously driven by the character Emma Peel on the British television series The Avengers. In 2004, Sports Car International named the Elan number six on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The original version of the car was designed by Ron Hickman,[1] who also designed the first Lotus Europa as part of Lotus' GT40 project bid and made his fortune having designed the Black & Decker Workmate. The original Elan is usually credited as being the design inspiration for the highly successful 1989 Mazda MX-5 (Mazda Miata in North America). Two Elans were intimately evaluated by Mazda in the process of designing the MX-5. Source: Wkipedia





1972 Lotus Europa
Driving my '72 Lotus Europa around near my house.





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Lotus Elan Respray
Paint strip, repair, make panels fit, prime, colour change and respray 1968 Lotus Elan.





Old Top Gear 1990 - Lotus Elan
Old Top gear from 1990 - Chris Goffey tests the Lotus Elan. Taken from Season 13 Episode 2





Lotus Elan +2 FOR SALE
This is my Lotus Elan +2 built in 1972 and registered in 1973, therefore it's classed as a historical vehicle and qualifies for free road tax. The mileage is currently 38,000 miles with a folder showing the repairs and maintenance going back to 1973 with old MOTs showing the increase in mileage until the car was taken off road 10 years ago and recommissioned last year. It's currently taxed and MOT'd and is in daily use, it has never failed to start and it runs and drives beautifully. Everything works as it should including interior lights, door puddle lights, headlamps (that have been converted to halogen bulbs), the door locks, clock, ambient temperature, rev-counter, speedo, electric windows and has the original working radio. All the electrics are good and it is currently running on an electronic ignition system and a Lucas high power coil. It runs on unleaded fuel. The cooling fan has been replaced to a nine inch fan that fits directly in the front of the radiator. I have sat in heavy traffic on a hot day with no overheating issues whatsoever. The heaters work on both the hot and the cold position. The heater rear window also works which is excellent for defrosting the rear screen on those cold winter mornings. The wheels are steel knock-ons with the chrome outer rims and five brand new 165 R13 Goodyear GT80 tyres. The brake discs and pads have been replaced all around. The discs are the drilled and grooved type that give excellent braking. The callipers and brake pipes have all been replaced and are all as good as new. The car has been fully serviced including spark plugs, oil, oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, gearbox oil, diff oil and brake fluid. The car was resprayed in 1981 at David May Motor Services, according to an invoice I have. It still looks presentable and shines but as with all of these vehicles there are some blisters, small lines and imperfections but overall the car looks fantastic but would benefit from a re-spray if so required. The chassis is in excellent condition and has been fully professionally under-sealed. All the seatbelt points are strong and good. The body has never been separated from the chassis as you would expect from a low mileage vehicle. It has never been restored, only maintained. The car is an absolute pleasure to drive. It is an original vehicle with low mileage and a future investment. I will put a full years MOT on the car for the sale. The road tax is free, so you can get that whenever you like, but it is currently taxed until the end of August.





Lotus Elan +2 (SOLD)
View it on eBay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261216973886 Lotus Elan + 2 I bought this car with the intention of a complete restoration, but as with a lot of plans they change so I am offering it for sale. The paintwork will need to be taken back to gell-coat and fully re-sprayed. It sustained damage to the drivers door hinge and off-side wing which has been repaired but needs final finishing. I would definitely recommend viewing but I will try to describe it as well as I can. The car has undergone a lot of work mainly to get it running and to pass MOT. The inner sill seat belt mountings have been replaced with galvanised ones and the seat belt plates have been replaced with stainless steel plates, also the four inner wheel arch covers have been replaced. All bolts which have been used are stainless steel. The carbs were stripped and all jets cleaned, the oil and oil filter have been replaced, the distributor cap, leads, points and plugs. I refurbished the fuel tank and she fired up and runs well with a small amount of smoke as she has not been run for years. The front brakes were freed up and the master cylinder sills replaced. Some of the metal brake pipes were also replaced. The servo was dismantled and cleaned but may need a new diaphragm. The clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder are new and it goes into gear easily, the gearbox and differential are good. The engine has a slight oil leak coming from between the head and the front cover. The radiator had a small hole which I repaired. The engine runs up to temperature and the cooling fan cuts in and has no issues with overheating at all. The number plate is non date related and very valuable. 'Reg Registrations' have valued it as a return to me at £1,400. I would assume they will advertise it for £2000+ The Exhaust has an aftermarket stainless steel rear box - it sounds good! but it may not be to your taste as it's not original. The interior has new sound proofing, brand new carpets and the seats and door cards are in excellent condition. The dashboard has its usual patina. The roof lining and the tops of the rear panels are damaged but I do have a new headliner and covering for the side panels which will come with the car. The current roof lining is white, but what I am supplying is black (to match the rest of the interior). Overall the chrome is in fair condition. The rear bumper has a small amount of rust but the front bumper is clean. The front windscreen chrome is in very good condition and is not the plastic type. The electric windows work but very slowly and will need looking at. The front windscreen is slightly cloudy and has a small chip at the top right out of the swept area, which does not affect the MOT. The rear screen rubber is new. The headlamp pods are fixed in an open position and as it is the non fail safe I've had to wire the side lights and headlights to the fog light switches in the car. To get it through the MOT. The original switches are in place and do work, all you'll need is two vacuum pods and some of the piping for the headlights to operate normally. New parts Galvanised sill member kit (fitted) Stainless steel seat belt plate kit (fitted) Brand new headlamp bowls and headlamps (fitted) Brand new O/S/F lamp Brand new N/S/R lense All new anti-roll bar bushes Spark plugs, points, leads, distributor cap rotor arm and coil new Dynomo new regulator new clutch mastercylinder new clutch slave cylinder Overall this is a driving restoration which will need a good respray to get it to a show condition. I have tried to describe the car as best as I can. It will be available to view at the Enfield Car Pageant of Motoring (25th - 27th May). Any questions please call me on 078382020020 or message via ebay.





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