1969 Lotus Elan - Jay Leno's Garage
1969 Lotus Elan. In the late 1940s, engineer and RAF pilot Colin Chapman
decided to utilize the experience he gained in the skies on the ground, by
building a racecar in his girlfriend's garage. While still holding down his
day job, Chapmen begged, borrowed and bartered to create his prototype,
which he entered in a time trial as an afterthought.
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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
Wheeler Dealers S05E02 Lotus Esprit S3
Each episode focuses on a used car from purchase to his rehabilitation and
The episodes are opened by Mike Brewer following the path of a buyer
looking for a particular
model of used car online. After restricting his research, he contacted the
inspect the vehicle and try and then negotiates the price.
Back in the mechanical workshop of Edd China, Mike Brewer entrusted him
with the car and gives
it a budget for repairs based on the purchase price and market rating to
make a profit.
Detailing each repair the camera, Edd China to repair or replace parts
often negotiated by Mike Brewer.
Once the car restoration, it is tested by both presenters and the sale on
the classified sites
(or collectors) at a rate that takes into account the restoration. Finally,
each sale is negotiated
by Mike Brewer.
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
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information on the Elan +2 or any other classic Lotus, please get on touch
with us at http://www.hiltonandmoss.com
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
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
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.
Patrick, Lotus Elan +2 Autocross run #1
The Great River Region SCCA did an autocross event on Memorial Day.
Luckily, I was there with my video camera. This was the first full run for
Patrick in his 1972 Lotus Elan +2.
Lotus Elan +2 (SOLD)
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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.
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 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 -
Any questions please call me on 078382020020 or message via ebay.