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.
Lotus Elan Sprint convertible
Sold at http://www.ClassicarGarage.nl Lotus Elan Sprint convertible, year
1971. In the year 1962 the Lotus Elan saw the light of day. The Lotus Elan
was styled by Ron Hickman. The car was very compact and lightweight but it
was spacious enough for two tall persons. The Lotus Elan featured state of
the art technology and fabulous roadholding capabilities. Photo's and sound
from the Marc Vorgers http://www.ClassicarImages.nl archives.
Big Lotus Elan crash Brands hatch 2011
Heavy contact in the CSCC swinging sixties group 2 race resulted in 3 very
damaged cars. The no.14 Scimitar SE5 GTE runs wide, rejoins and collects
the innocent no.42 Lotus elan of Philip Rothwell and the no.99 lotus seven
of John Muirhead. Carnage ensues as the rear 3rd of the Elan gets taken
off. Very lucky it didnt end a lot worse as the fuel tank was in the rear
third that got destroyed! Also apologies for the fencing getting in the way
a bit,I was sitting down at the time!
1969 Lotus Elan Plus 2
Manufacturer Lotus Cars
Assembly Hethel, England
Body style 2-door coupe
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
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, who also designed the first Lotus Europa as part of Lotus' GT40
project bid and made his fortune having designed the Black & Decker
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