Lot 21 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2015)
Sold for £15,750
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: SAR360J
Chassis No: 7005090216L
Mot Expiry: Sept 2016
Lotus first applied the Elan name to its small Ron Hickman-designed two-seat Roadster of 1962. It comprised a steel backbone chassis clothed in a lightweight fiberglass body. Power came from a 1,558cc Cosworth twin-cam version of Ford's ubiquitous 'Kent' engine. With independent suspension all round and four wheel disc brakes, the Elan was both light and nimble. It was, however, lacking in space and in June 1967 Lotus introduced another Hickman masterpiece - the Elan +2 Coupe for those that needed more accommodation. Based on a suitably lengthened/widened version of its smaller sibling's chassis, the newcomer enjoyed better aerodynamics and superior grip (thanks to a 0.30 drag co-efficient and six-inch wider track/fatter tyres). And, as the name suggests, it offered two extra seats - in the company's own words, 'The +2 is designed to carry two adults and two children on a long holiday in comfort'. The +2S version was introduced in 1969 and brought such cosmetic improvements as remote boot release and flush fitting interior door handles, plus an improved exhaust system.
The very tidy-looking +2S offered is finished in Silver and trimmed in Black. It was evidently the subject of a restoration some 15 years ago, at which point the original backbone chassis was replaced with a new galvanised one, the twin-cam engine overhauled, and the Lotus completely repainted. Six years later the water pump, timing chain and dampers were all replaced and uprated driveshafts installed. The vendor informs us that the Elan nowadays 'drives very well and has been in regular use'. He presently views the bodywork, interior trim, engine and four-speed manual transmission as being in 'good' condition and the paintwork as 'fair'. The Lotus comes complete with sunroof and an extensive history file that includes the purchase and other invoices dating back to 1971, MOTs back to 1975 and photos of the restoration.