Simplify, Add Lightness: This is the fundamental principal that Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman set for all of his racing and road machines. Like many other legendary racing constructors, Lotus started in a shed, where an Austin 7 was deconstructed, modified and rebuilt into a racing special. The seed was sown and soon Chapman was building competition cars as well as customer road cars to fund his racing efforts. Lotus grew into one of the most successful teams in Grand Prix racing thanks to Chapman’s creativity and relentless pursuit of his design edicts. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, road cars had become an increasingly important component to Lotus’ bottom line. The innovative Elite was one of the first Lotus models to feature the revolutionary backbone chassis, paired with a stressed glassfiber monocoque body. With power from the delectable Coventry Climax engine, the pretty Elite was quick and agile but it was also delicate and the body was prone to stress fractures and twisting. For 1962, the Elite’s replacement, the Elan was a much more sensible design that fully utilized the backbone chassis concept as the main structure. The strong and light steel chassis was again mated to a fiberglass body, but this time, the body was unstressed and therefore not subject to the same sorts of problems faced by the Elite. Suspension on the Elan was independent all around and power came via a Ford “Kent” four-cylinder of 1500cc (for only the first 22 cars before the 1600 replaced it) topped by an advanced twin-cam, 8-valve cylinder head designed by Harry Mundy. Ford were so impressed by the performance gains of the twin-cam head, they purchased the rights to the design and renamed it “Lotus-Ford Twin Cam”. The Elan was the mainstay of Lotus production through the 1960s. With seven different variants over 13 years or production, (including the four-seat Elan +2) it was the biggest success the company had seen and proved a winner in racing form as well. Since its inception, the Elan has been a perennial cult classic and an icon among British sports cars. The Elan served as the direct inspiration for the Mazda MX5 Miata and has often been imitated but never duplicated. There are few cars that combine the Elan’s delicate feel, virtually perfect steering and gutsy, eager twin-cam engine. As a result, they remain highly collectible and well sorted examples are always in demand by enthusiasts. This lovely 1968 Elan is an S4 Drophead that has been fastidiously maintained by its enthusiastic previous owner. It has been treated to a quality restoration where it was refinished in attractive and period correct Bahama yellow over a black interior. The restoration quality is very good, and appropriate for a car that is at its best out on the road. While precise panel alignment was never Colin Chapman’s first concern, the body on this example does fit well and is consistent with factory standards. The signature knock-off wheels are finished in silver as they should be and the car sits on proper radial tires. There’s no real chrome or brightwork to speak of on an Elan, but what little there is on door handles and window trims is in good order and well presented. The black interior is trimmed in original spec vinyl upholstery which is both good looking and hard wearing. Another signature of the Elan is the simple, flat wood dash panel, which is in excellent condition. All switches, instruments and electrics work as they should, a sign that this car has been carefully and properly maintained. That careful, specialized maintenance is evident under the small fiberglass bonnet. The Lotus Twin Cam looks great with no leaks or drips to speak of and clean, tidy presentation all around. These are robust little engines, but they do require knowledgeable service and thankfully this car has been treated exceptionally well. Few automobiles capture the essence of the sports car as well as the Lotus Elan. It is a car that is quite literally the benchmark on which other sports cars are measured. Even Gordon Murray lamented that his only disappointment in his masterpiece McLaren F1 was that he couldn’t have the steering from a Lotus Elan. That speaks volumes for what an important and desirable car this is. With this fine, high quality example, you can experience that sensation first hand.
Lotus Elan S4 1971 Left-hand drive Restored 6 months ago (both body and engine) New brake More info to follow.
Lotus Elan SE Convertible 1.6 Turbo 165 bhp 5 Speed Manual Registered March 1992 Finished in Metallic Pacific Blue with Black Roof, 15" OZ Alloys, Kumho Tyres, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Sony Stereo, CD Player, AUX Input. Large file including lots of history and invoices from Lotus Specialists. Extensive Service carried out 11/06/12 at 13,765 miles including Timing Belt, spark plugs, P.A.S Fluid, Gearbox Oil, Alternator Belt, Gearbox Oil and more. Gearshift cable replaced in 2007. Vehicle was stored and maintained by TigaStor from September 1992 until October 2006. Three owners from new, first owner kept from 1992 until 2007 and the second from 2007 until 2013. Finance Available on Request subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors Packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
We are delighted to offer for sale this beautiful Elan Sprint finished in Lotus yellow over white. She has a new Spider chassis and has had thousands of pounds spent. She has recently been re commissioned and serviced in our Maldon workshop, is in immaculate condition and ready to be driven away for the Spring sunshine.
Finished in Pacific blue with grey/red leather upholstery. Only 59,000 miles from new with full Lotus history. Just serviced with new MOT, this Elan is in lovely condition. The hood and seals are very good too.
Prototype Italdesign produced One in the world http://www.autoblog.nl/nieuws/dit-lotus-studiemodel-kost-maar-6500-euro-91419 >>>>> Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment). We are closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mondays on appointment only. Make sure you scroll down to look at the extensive photo report (100 pictures). Of course, a more detailed description can be obtained by telephone. Contact us: Xavier: 0032 472 40 1338 (NL, FR, DE, EN, IT) email@example.com Olivier: 0032 473 11 7300 (NL, FR, DE, EN) firstname.lastname@example.org Oldtimerfarm from Aalter would also like to sell your classic car or car collection. For more information, please contact Xavier. Exhibitions where you can find us: 11-12/02/2017 Flanders Collection Car Gent- Belgium 02-05/03/2017 Retro Classics Stuttgart - Germany 03-05/03/2017 Antwerp Classic Salon - Belgium 05-09/04/2017 Techno Classica Essen - Germany 28/04-01/05/2017 Open doors Oldtimerfarm 01-03/09/
For sale is this fully restored Elan S3. The S3 is said by many to be the best looking of the Elans! It’s fitted with a syder chassis with twin wishbone rear suspension and CV joint driveshaft’s. A fully reconditioned big valve twin cam engine running on brand new Weber carbs and electronic ignition. Side impact bar kit with inertia seatbelts have been fitted for extra safety, along with full retrim, wiring loom, electric motor headlamp conversion. This is a beautiful looking little car for anybody looking for a Lotus Elan. Viewing is highly recommended, for anymore information please call 07754553414 Emails may take longer to respond too.
Chassis Number 26-0149 First sold in September 1963 this superb super rare early car has been restored by marque specialist to better than new condition retaining original rubber mats One family owned until 1995 Comprehensive restoration file and supporting invoices Owners handbook
1990 Lotus Elan SE Turbo. Calypso Red with Black and Red leather upholstery. Huge history file with a stamped up service book and lots of bills, invoices and old MoT's back to the first in 1993. The cam belt was replaced 7,000 miles ago along with a new water pump. Having been with its last owner for 5 years it has been used sparingly covering very few miles during his ownership. Totally unmolested and original. The oil pressure is very good and the car drives without fault. Everything works as it should with the central locking and electric windows still operating correctly. The original OZ alloy wheels and tyres are in good order. The hood is free from damage with no leaks and a clear rear screen. The Elan is fitted with an alarm and immobiliser. Viewing is highly recommended. Absolutely any inspection is welcome. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Please contact us for any further information. Delivery can be arranged.
Lotus Elan 1.6 SE TURBO! Drives well, nice condition throughout, lots of history, Cat D 15 years ago, priced to sell!! Cheapest on the net
Lotus Elan + 2 1967 Metalic Blue with black trim. This incredible example has only had 2 Owners from new. The second fastidious owner has cherished this car for the last 30 years and now it is virtually better than when it left the factory. Although only having covered 42,000 miles from new, this car has been totally rebuilt to the highest standard having had a new galvanised chassis, new body, new wiring loom, rebuilt gearbox, rebuilt axle, new adjustable shock absorbers, new fuel tank and complete new interior including wood veneer dash. The Twin Cam engine was completely rebuilt with new head and upgraded to Lotus Ford Twin Cam Sprint Special Plus spec producing 137 BHP by Pat Thomas of Kelvedon Lotus in 2009. The cost of this alone was GBP 4800. Also fitted with a special manifold and stainless steel exhaust. The list just goes on. Still fitted with the original steering wheel engraved with Colin Chapman's signature and original Pye radio. The huge history file contains all the invoices for well in excess of GBP 20,000 for the work listed, plus much more, and a work shop manual. As one would expect this 2 Owner 42,000 miles Lotus is in exceptional condition in every area and is a dream to drive.
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