Wed, 26th May 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Lot 1

1973 Lotus Elan +2 130S/5 'John Player Special'
No Reserve

Sold for £11,812

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: ROJ 22M
Chassis No: 73121823L
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of only 115 produced to celebrate the team's 50th Grand Prix victory
  • A genuine 'barn find' example, dry-stored since 2002
  • Matching numbers, retaining its original 'big valve' 1600cc twin-cam breathing through Weber carburettors
  • Correctly finished in black / 'Metalflake' gold, with an oatmeal interior

We are delighted to offer this rare Lotus Elan Plus 2 130S/5 'John Player Special' edition. Built to commemorate Lotus’s 50th Grand Prix victory, the iconic 'JPS' livery Lotus Elans were finished in the same black / 'metalflake gold' colour scheme as the F1 cars of that period, then piloted by champion drivers such as Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti.

The 'Elan 2' was revealed to the world in 1962 with a 1500cc engine and a four-speed gearbox in a small and stylish 2-seater roadster form. The Plus 2 (code-named M20) was born and introduced in 1967 and had arguably better proportions than the 'baby' Elan. In 1971, the +2S 130 was launched with a ‘Big-Valve’ version of the Lotus 'Twin Cam' engine, providing an improved 126bhp hence the “130” model suffix. It produced a maximum torque of 113lb/ft at 5,500 rpm, propviding plenty of power to fully enjoy this lightweight and useable family sports car. The +2S 130 was an appreciable step up in quality with a raft of ‘luxury’ fittings from quartz halogen fog lights to burr walnut facia and electric windows. In October 1972, the long-called for five speed gearboxes finally arrived as an option, to make cruising smoother, and the Lotus Elan +2S 130/5 became ‘the’ version to have.

This particular example features all available 'JPS' options including the aforementioned five-speed transmission, electric windows, handbrake warning lamp, oil pressure gauge, walnut dashboard, battery condition indicator, clock, temperature gauge, auxiliary fog lamps and an FM radio. Barn-stored since circa 2002, 'ROJ 22M' is offered ripe for restoration. Seemingly solid and complete, the paintwork is blistered and faded, but highly original. Offered with a file of sundry paperwork including a 2002-dated MOT certificate and a UK V5c registration document.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Good’
Engine: 'Believed Good’ and 'Running when placed into long-term storage'
Electrical Equipment: 'Believed Good’
Paintwork: 'Poor’
Gearbox: 'Believed Good’
Interior Trim: 'Average'

For more information, please contact:
Adam Sykes
07429 600332


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:


Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, Wed, 26th May 2021

Imperial War Museum
CB22 4QR

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Tuesday 25th May from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th May 2021 from 9am

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