Lotus Elan +2 - Test Drive (and near bus crash)

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1973 Lotus Elan Plus 2 for Sale
Visit http://www.leftcoastclassics.com/1973-lotus-elan-plus-2/ to see this 1973 Lotus Elan Plus 2 for sale from Left Coast Classics in Sonoma California. Car number 72070290N is a fine example of the 1973 Lotus Elan +2. Finished in a 1998 Lotus factory color called Azure Blue Pearl with Black interior and Websto Sunroof. Mechanical details include a rebuilt, big valve spec motor with under 2k miles use since completion, rebuilt carbs, new CV axle conversion, adjustable shocks, bushings, rebuilt brakes and more. The car starts; runs and drives nicely with plenty of power, smooth shifting and tight suspension and brakes. The Exhaust has a nice, throaty growl to it and the handling feels excellent. The paint looks clean yet older with typical imperfections, chips, cracks as to be suspected on a fiberglass body. We have history tracing this car back four owners, from California where it has resided the last three years, to South Carolina and previously in the Miami area. It looks that under the ownership in Florida the car was treated to extensive restorative work. In a previous advertisement from the last owner it was described as having roughly $36k in receipts (though we only have a little under $20k worth of receipts in our possession). Take a look at the link above for the full detailed description and to see the photo gallery of this beautiful Elan - then give me a call with your best offer: Donn Dabney 707-332-8331 Thanks for watching our Elan Plus 2 test drive and walk around video - please leave a nice big thumbs up and a like on this mighty cool sports car! Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leftcoastclassics Google+: https://plus.google.com/115639340856344439203 Video URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7eDEYSHUjg





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





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 Elan +2 Is A Classic Purchased Without Regret
Turn closed captions ON to enjoy this film in English. Typically 2+2 body styles are less desirable to two-seaters—that’s true of the Datsun 240Z and the Lotus Elan. But with the Lotus the Plus 2 wears the larger size with elegance, and at a still-attainable price point. While not enjoying the valuation of the lighter drophead coupe, the 10 inches of additional width and two feet of length give the classic a character of its own. Brieuc like other Elan enthusiasts was initially looking for a convertible, but fell in love when he saw this 1972 +2 coupe in Lotus Yellow with matching numbers. Beautifully maintained on the outside with not even a hint of a crack in its fiberglass body, the Elan delights on the inside with its burl wood dash. “I’m an idiot but I love it. I love this car,” said Brieuc. Seeing the lithe, 2000-pound coupe in motion, we can see why. Drive Tastefully® http://Petrolicious.com http://facebook.com/Petrolicious




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