Lot 90 (Chateau Impney, 9th December 2015)
Registration No: BGU853G
Chassis No: 50/1070
Mot Expiry: Nov 2017
- Documented history file to support the 74,000 recorded miles including numerous invoices
- Fitted with a replacement Lotus galvanised chassis and Roto-flex driveshaft couplings
- A slightly older restoration that has been freshly serviced and issued with a 'no advisories' MOT
"The uncanny cornering powers of this remarkable machine equal and probably exceed those of any production car we have driven before: similarly the handling and brakes are certainly not bettered." (Motor magazine, September 1967, re the +2).
The Elan name was first applied to Lotus's oh-so-neat, Ron Hickman-penned two-seater Roadster of 1962. It comprised a steel backbone chassis clothed in a lightweight fiberglass body, all powered by a 1558cc Cosworth DOHC version of Ford's proven 'Kent' engine. With independent suspension and disc brakes all-round, the Elan was notably light and nimble. However, it was also tight on space and in June 1967 the company launched the Elan +2 for those in need of more accommodation. Based on a lengthened and widened version of the original chassis, it boasted a lower drag co-efficient and superior road-holding; the latter courtesy of a six-inch wider track and larger tyres. Lotus summarised its intent by saying 'the +2 is designed to carry two adults and two children on a long holiday in comfort'.
The subject of a slightly older restoration, 'BGU 853G' is reportedly accompanied by a documented history file that supports its 74,000 recorded miles. To SE specification (Weber carburettors, c.118bhp), the 1558cc twin-cam engine boasts a stainless-steel exhaust and is said to be in 'good condition', and to 'maintain good oil pressure'. While the four-speed manual gearbox is rated as 'good' too. As well as a Lotus galvanised chassis, the Elan has benefited from the fitment of new Roto-flex driveshaft couplings. The vendor tells us that: 'The overall appearance of the car is presentable albeit with the age-related marks typical of an older restoration. A repaint would improve the exterior but the interior remains smart. A fresh, 'no advisories' MOT certificate has been issued and a full service recently undertaken'.