Lotus Elan Sprint 1973 The Sprint was the last version of Colin Chapman’s fabled Elan sold between 1971 and 1973, following the Series 1, 2, 3 and 4. Essentially, the Sprint was an up rated S4, fitted with a more powerful version of the Lotus twin cam engine. Though there are some who see the Sprint as a tuned S4, there is no doubt that Lotus intended it to be a separate version of the Elan (an “S5” in effect) and that it was marketed as such. The Sprint has become one of the more sought after Elan types and they are relatively few in number. This particular car is believed to be the very last Sprint Drop Head Coupe built by the Factory according to Graham Arnold of the Lotus Elan Sprint Register. It’s finished in Carnival Red over Cirrus White with a black leather interior, and fitted true Minilite Wheels not look alike and a new hood. The car is in simply stunning condition having had thousands of pounds spent on a full interior, exterior and mechanical refurb in 2014, and its covered a mere 700 miles since. The paint finish is the finest I’ve ever seen on a Glass fibre body. (The paint work alone cost almost £8000) The history file is huge, and dates right back to 1974. In total the car has covered only 33000 miles from new and as I mentioned previously has covered a mere 700 miles since being rebuilt. This car has had simply the best maintenance programme of just about any car we’ve ever had. If you are looking for a Lotus Elan Sprint, then this car has to be the prize find of the year. It’s condition, It’s history, and the fact it’s believed to be the last DHC made makes it a unique car, and one certain to be an excellent investment over the coming years. Buy it now at only £55995.
Following in the wheel tracks of the radical Elite, Lotus’ equally brilliant Elan proved to be Colin Chapman’s most successful venture to date. The Elite made headlines with its highly advanced fiberglass semi-monocoque body with a steel backbone chassis that gave it exquisite handling in a featherweight package. While the Elite was highly regarded for its deft handling and brisk performance, it suffered from quality control issues and a high price which hampered sales. With the Elan, many of the Elite’s quality issues were addressed and the costs were kept low by replacing the costly Climax engine with a Ford-based four-cylinder topped by a twin-cam head. The rigid and light backbone chassis was retained, to ensure typically exquisite handling. The Lotus Elan proved to be a massive success and Lotus production was booming throughout the 1960s and into the 70s. Very early into the Elan’s development, Colin Chapman ordered the addition of a “family man’s Lotus” to the lineup; one that would return nearly the same performance as the Elan, but with more luxury, sophistication and a bit of extra space for children. Chapman asked for a car with “the front of an Elan and the rear of an Elite”, so designers set about stretching the Elan’s chassis and revising the styling to better suit the longer wheelbase. The result was the Elan +2, introduced in 1967. Despite the brief for a more luxurious Elan, the +2 continued with Lotus ethos of “simplify, add lightness”, and even with the additional 7 ½ inches of length added to the chassis, the bigger car exhibited superior stability in cornering and at speed. Throughout production, the +2 was continually fettled by the factory, with the renamed Plus 2S arriving in March of 1969 with larger carbs and a host of other refinements. The Plus 2S 130 added yet another boost in performance courtesy of the Big Valve cylinder head, and enlarged Stromberg carburetors on US spec cars. The Elan Plus 2S 130 was a worthy competitor to the likes of the Porsche 911, Datsun 240Z and even the E-type 2+2. Despite its comparatively tiny displacement horsepower deficit, the Elan came in at just 1,975 pounds – that’s nearly 400 pounds lighter than a 911E and a whopping 1,300 pounds shy of an E-type 2+2! Proof that power isn’t everything, as soon as the road gets bendy, the Elan truly shines. Our featured example is a rare and desirable 1973 Elan Plus 2S 130 finished in the original colors of Lagoon blue with a metallic silver roof. It is one of just 153 US market cars of this type and is a very well-documented two-owner example that has been sorted at no regard to cost and treated to numerous yet discreet performance upgrades. It presents in beautiful, standard appearance, yet has been thoroughly upgraded to deliver outstanding performance. Records indicate the Elan was delivered new in 1973 from Lotus Cars UK to the primary East Coast distributor Lotus East of Millerton, New York. From there, it was sold via F.A. Kinsella Auto of New Milford, CT to Boris Churyk of Stamford, CT. Mr. Churyk cherished his Lotus, as shown in a letter to his insurance company dated 1991 which states: “Under no circumstances will anyone other than myself be driving the 1973 Lotus Elan”. He goes on to explain that he bought it new as a present to himself – clearly a man who was passionate about his Lotus! After 34 years with his prized Elan, it was sold to Alan Andrea of Lake Forest, IL. Mr. Andrea kept the car for another decade, performing extensive restoration work and performance upgrades, all while ensuring the car retains a stock outward appearance. The paint presentation is very good in the factory correct Lagoon Blue (LO12) on the main body, accented by a metal-flake silver roof. The paint is attractive and glossy, with just a few superficial flaws visible. The included Lotus Heritage Certificate confirms this as the original paint scheme – including the metal flake roof, which was a standard treatment for S130s. Body fit is very good, consistent and factory appropriate, while the chrome bumpers, window trim and rain gutters are in excellent condition. The car retains its original Lucas fog lamps with their plastic covers as well as an original tool roll and jack. It rides on beautiful 13” knock-off wheels with Vredestein sprint classic tires that give the right look without sacrificing performance. Speaking of performance, a highlight of this Elan is under the bonnet in the form of a 1,721 CC Twin Cam built by PHP Racengines Inc. of Wauconda, IL. Built in 2008 at a cost of nearly $12,000, the fully documented build includes 10:1 compression pistons, a flowed head, enlarged 34 mm carburetor chokes, and numerous other upgrades for power and reliability. Breathing through twin Weber carbs and a custom exhaust, this little powerhouse produces 140 horsepower at 6,000 RPM – on its way to a screaming 7,000 RPM redline. Wisely, the owner used a donor engine and the original, numbers-matching Stromberg-spec engine is intact and will be included in the sale. To handle the extra power, the rear axles were upgraded with billet units from Tony Thompson Racing, and the brakes upgraded with stainless caliper pistons. Cooling is handled via a high flow alloy radiator. Suspension features new Tony Thompson shock absorbers and thoroughly refreshed bushes and hardware. A large binder of receipts from the previous owner documents the tremendous amount of work that went into this fabulous Lotus. Like the body, the cabin has been maintained in exceptional factory correct condition. Much of the interior, including the dash, door panels and seats, remains in remarkably good original condition. The wood dash is an excellent original, showing a few cracks in the lacquer which is not unusual, and retaining the original labels, gauges (including the S130s ambient temp gauge) and even the original Clarion radio. The tachometer has been upgraded to work properly with the Pertronix ignition and the electrical functions work as they should. Extensive documentation courtesy of the most recent owner demonstrates how no expense was spared to ensure this is one of the best driving examples of its kind. Included in the sale is the original tool roll, factory service manuals, owner’s manual, original brochure, a Lotus Classic Certificate of Vehicle Provenance, and copies of the original registration verifying this as a two-owner example. We are thrilled to offer this outstanding and very rare Lotus Elan Plus 2 S 130; an exciting car that is sure to charm its next keeper with its intoxicating power astute handling and understated good looks.
LOTUS ELAN 1.6 2dr Convertible. Manual. Petrol.1990 (H reg),STUNNING EXAMPLE. 158,853 miles 21 X SERVICES AND ALL PREVIOUS MOT'S. HUGE SERVICE FILE WITH ALL ORIGINAL HAND BOOKS. SERVICED EVERY YEAR REGARDLESS OF MILEAGE., Next MOT due 17/01/2019, Full service history, Excellent bodywork, Grey Full leather interior - Excellent Condition, Tyre condition Excellent, Alloy wheels, Body Coloured Bumpers, Leather seats, Electric windows, Central locking, Alarm. Red, Free Oil Service and Pre-Sale Inspection. HPi And National Mileage Certificate. Finance Available. Credit and debit cards accepted. BUY WITH PEACE OF MIND. WE HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED FOR OVER 23 YEARS, DELIVERIES ARRANGED. GBP 6,999
Variant name:1600 ,Derivative:S4 ,Variant: 1600 Yellow with black interior. Restored by ourselves, this Lotus Elan S4 FHC was first registered in June of 1968 and has had only four owners since. Having undergone a total bare body restoration at a cost of over £16,000 this Elan drives superbly. *Viewing by appointment only*
Lotus Elan+2S130/4, 1971. L.H.D. Superbly restored example having had a nut & bolt restoration from the chassis upwards. Built at the factory in mid-1971 and registered in Germany in October 1972. The Lotus eventually ended up in Sweden where the restoration took place. The interior has been beautifully trimmed in soft black leather. New dashboard. Superb burr walnut dashboard and original steering wheel and ancillaries. Twin servo braking system. Stunning paintwork which was finished a few years ago and beautiful chrome-work. Masses of paperwork regarding the restoration including invoices for the engine rebuild using new +.020” pistons etc. The car looks as good underneath as it does everywhere around the car. Unmarked Lotus alloy wheels and new spinners with new tyres fitted. A great car to drive and is ready for the road with a new MOT certificate. Road tax fee exempt. Fully serviced.
The M100's 1.6-litre Isuzu engine was developed with help from Lotus. The peppy four-cylinder here is one of just 180 naturally aspirated examples, making the non-turbocharged Elan a particularly rare purchase today. The engine's 130hp is sent to the front wheels via a precise five-speed gearbox.
Lotus Elan+2S, 1970. Stunning example in Lagoon Blue metallic with original black interior and walnut dashboard. Very original example fitted with Lotus alloys. Superb chassis and engine making this an excellent package in terms of a well-sorted Elan+2. Rebuilt engine with Sprint cams with photographic documentation of rebuild. Unleaded head conversion. Electronic ignition. New front suspension fitted by Sherwood Restoration in 2016 and overhauled brakes. New Rotoflex couplings X 4 in 2014. Re-chromed bumpers. Speedo showing 56k miles which is backed up by many old MOT certificates showing the slow progression of the mileage. Road tax fee exempt. A stunning example in all departments. Fully serviced and MOT’d.
Lotus Elan+2 1969. Last owner 26 years. Stunning example in pristine Calypso Red with excellent interior trim condition. Lotus galvanised chassis with a photographic record of the restoration. Just two owners since 1984. Massive history file going back over 30 years with old invoices and old MOT certificates. Paul Matty Sports Cars have been looking after the car for over 20 years and over that period various upgrades have been done. Lovely dashboard with period PYE radio. Engine, gearbox and differential have been rebuilt over the years and the car performs very well indeed. Has the upgraded aluminium radiator and uprated cooling fan fitted. Lovely chrome-work and a beautifully shiny paint finish which is most eye-catching indeed. A lovely cabin with correct instrumentation and switchgear. A very desirable early Elan+2. Fully serviced and MOT’d.
Lotus Elan+2S130/4, 1973. Brilliant in Lotus Yellow (LO7) which is it’s original colour when it left the factory. Fully restored 1,200 miles ago and in fantastic condition throughout with bills totalling £15,000 for the restoration work. Rebuilt engine. Beautiful paintwork which is matched by the quality and condition of the interior with a lovely burr walnut dashboard and correct instruments. The interior trim is worthy of note as it is in such great condition, which matches up with the indicated mileage of 60,300. The chassis has been replaced and solid drive shaft conversion fitted, overhauled brake callipers, new brake discs, adjustable shock absorbers. Aluminium fuel tank. Refurbished original Lotus alloy wheels fitted with original specification Dunlop SP Sports tyres as would have been fitted when the car was new. Stainless steel exhaust system. All chrome work in beautiful condition with two new bumpers, door handles, boot-lid hinges etc. New front and rear light clusters. New top-tint windscreen. A stunning vehicle in every respect. Fully serviced and MOT’d.
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
Lotus Elan Sprint DHC, 1971. Last owner for 31 years! Fabulous Mick Miller respray and in glorious condition inside and out. Repainted many years ago by one the the best Elan restorers ever and the gleaming bodywork is testament to his high standards. Lovely original interior with original Colin Chapman signature steering wheel. Lovely original dashboard and instruments. Rare early Sprint with the reversed “LOTUS Big Valve” on the cam-cover. A really superb example with gleaming paintwork and a replacement chassis and thick history file. Full service and MOT.
Lotus Elan Sprint DHC, 1973. Stunning in Red/White Gold-Leaf Team Lotus colours. Impeccably repainted a number of years ago. Lotus galvanised chassis and rebuilt engine which performs exceptional well. This is one I have personally driven over the last 3 years and it has been an exceptional experience. It ticks all of the boxes in terms of originality, looks, handling, braking and engine performance. It feels just right! This is the 20th from last Sprint ever produced. Massive history file with old MOT certificates going back to 1977 and a copy of the first registration document in 1973. Certificate of Provenance from Lotus Cars archive department and supporting letter to confirm the authenticity of if this very fine example. Has to be one of the best Sprints in existence in terms of all round appeal and quality with that extra ingredient that is difficult to describe. It has to be seen and driven to be fully appreciated. Original dashboard and instruments. Original leather-bound Colin Chapman signature steering wheel. The engine had a complete rebuild which is detailed in the history file and the Weber carbs fully overhauled. A stunning example which is very hard to find in this c
Lotus Elan SE Turbo (M100), 1991. Stunning example with just 53k miles with full service history from new. Superb Steel Blue metallic which is a rare and desirable colour. A new hood was fitted last year. Thick history file with old MOT certificates going back over the years to prove the slow progression of the mileage. Lots of service invoices from the likes of the London Lotus Centre and latterly by Lotus specialist Lakeside Engineering who replaced the cam belt just over 1,000 miles ago. This actual Elan was featured in October 1999 Classic & Sports Car magazine in a five page colour article up against the Mazda MX-5. This is a superior example in splendid cosmetic and mechanical condition and is an absolute joy to drive. Fully MOT’d and serviced.
Lotus Elan S2, 1964. Very early example with the round rear lamps as fitted to the S1 Elans. 56,000 recorded miles which can be traced back in the history file and only 7,000 miles were travelled from 1970-1995. A really lovely example in stunning Lotus Yellow with a very elegant hard-top in silver. One of the prettiest Elan hard-tops we have seen with the rear quarter-lights. The whole car oozes charm and is a real joy to drive with pin-sharp steering and handling. Very lively engine which was rebuilt (cylinder-head by QED) and good brakes to match. Replacement Lotus chassis in red-oxide paint and then overpainted in black for extra protection. All running gear in excellent condition and tidy and original engine bay with the classic larger S1/S2 radiator. Heritage Certificate and letter for the Lotus archives to confirm the authenticity of this fine example. A superbly detailed history file which is fascinating to read through. Comes with a full MOT and service.
Yellow with black interior. Restored by ourselves, this Lotus Elan S4 FHC was first registered in June of 1968 and has had only four owners since. Having undergone a total bare body restoration at a cost of over £16,000 this Elan drives superbly. *Viewing by appointment only*
Type: Used Year: 1971 Make: LOTUS Model: ELAN Trim: Elan S4 FHC Body: Coupe Trans: Manual Mileage: 58840 Engine Size: 1558 Ext Color: WHITE
This excellent driving Lotus Elan Plus Two has been with a classic car enthusiast who lives in our local village (West Knapton) for the past six years. We’ve seen the car being driven out over summer months and it’s always proven totally reliable. Over the six years it has been serviced by a local Jaguar specialist and has cost very little maintain. The Elan has just covered a few hundred miles per year during recent ownership and has done around 7000 miles since complete rebuild between 2003-2008. The car was subject of a five year rebuild having spent eighteen years off the road. The car was rebuilt on a brand new Spyder chassis and still retains its original engine and gearbox which have both been rebuilt. For reliability, a Burton Cartridge water pump was fitted along with QED pistons, electronic ignition, high torque starter and in improved radiator with electric fan. The Lotus was fully re-wired with two new looms to accept modern fuses and relays, a new alternator fitted and a very expensive stainless steel manifold was handmade and fitted. The Lotus was also treated to new galvanised inner sills, Sue Miller solid drive shafts and Tony Thompson Racing adjustable front suspen
Variant name:1600 ,Derivative:S4 ,Variant: Elan S4 FHC Completely restored with accompanying Lotus Certification, restoration file and photographic record - Elan S4 FHC. Originally built in February 1969 and supplied by the LOTUS factory in March 1971. One of the very last standard S4 supplied by Lotus. Nut and bolt restoration with documented engine and running gear overhaul. Original chassis. Re-painted bodywork in the original factory finish Cirrus White, reupholstered seats and trims and a new full carpet set. Glass and bright-work as new. Some sensitive enhancements to the mechanical specification make this a delightful example to both own, appreciate and use.
Description Yellow with black interior. This Lotus Elan S4 FHC was first registered in June of 1968 and has had only four owners since. Having undergone a total bare body restoration at a cost of over £16,000 this Elan drives superbly and is ready to be enjoyed and cherished.