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1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drophead Coupe

Lot 355 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 19th August 2020)

Sold for £17,917

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: GEV 11H
Chassis No: 45/9463

Motor Car Location: Staffordshire

  • Sold from Lotus on 22/10/1969 to Len Street Engineering
  • Treated to a chassis up restoration including new bodyshell from 2012-2016
  • £11,000+ in bills from Mick Miller, Paul Matty and Vincent Haydon
  • Aluminium fuel tank, electronic ignition and electric fuel pump

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Very Good'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

Reputedly 1 of just 1,148 Elan S4s dispatched by Lotus in 1969, this particular Drophead Coupe example - chassis number 45/9463 was laid-up following a carburettor fire during 2001 which also saw it become the subject of an insurance total loss payment. The two-seater was then treated to an extensive restoration from 2012-2016. Bills on file total over £11,000 despite the fact that the previous vendor and his brother undertook much of the associated labour themselves. An original Lotus component, the chassis was found to be remarkably sound but nonetheless galvanised for longevity purposes. Sourced from marque specialist Boss Motors along with an o/s door and o/s headlamp pod, the replacement Drophead Coupe bodyshell boasts a specially reinforced windscreen surround and sundry other strengthening. Fitted with a 'hotter' camshaft than standard, the 1.6 litre twin-cam engine also benefited from a reconditioned water pump, refurbished cylinder head and professionally overhauled Stromberg carburettors (by Gower & Lee £508.80) etc. The interior trim was renewed as was the hood. The seats currently fitted are from a Toyota MR2 because they allow a taller driver to be accommodated. Starting readily upon inspection, 'GEV 11H' is accompanied by copy photos of the restoration from a bare chassis upwards not to mention numerous invoices from the likes of Mick Miller Classic Lotus, Paul Matty Sportscars and Vincent Haydon Classic Lotus Cars.

PLEASE NOTE: There is nothing in the 'Special Notes' section of this Elan's accompanying V5C Registration Document about the carburettor fire that it suffered during 2001. The fire saw it classified as a Category B Insurance Loss on 27th August 2001 with the following note: 'Bodyshell should have been crushed. Vehicle should not be on the road'. The original bodyshell was replaced with a strengthened reproduction one supplied by marque specialist Boss Motors as part of the 'chassis up' restoration that the Lotus underwent from 2012-2016.


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