Lot 323

1970 Lotus Elan S4

Sold for £29,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: UFS 89H
Chassis No: 459749
MOT: Exempt

  • Delivered in February 1970 in kit form
  • Subject to a ground-up restoration about 10 years ago
  • Finished in stunning period-correct Colorado Orange
  • Extensive history file detailing restoration and servicing
  • Driving exceptionally well

This Lotus Elan S4 DHC (Drophead Coupe) from 1970, upgraded to Sprint specification, is a meticulously restored classic sports car that boasts a rich history and an impressive list of upgrades and refurbishments. Originally purchased by a Mr. Watson on the 18th of February 1970, this vehicle was acquired through the esteemed Lotus dealer, Hargreaves & Bailey of Blackpool. Upon its initial delivery, the Lotus Elan was unique in that it was provided as a kit car, sans engine and transmission components. This approach allowed the owner to personally source and select these critical elements for the vehicle, customizing the car to their preferences.

Approximately ten years ago, a complete and thorough nut-and-bolt restoration was undertaken, breathing new life into this iconic sports car. The restoration effort encompassed various key improvements, starting with a genuine new, galvanized chassis from Lotus, ensuring enhanced durability and longevity. The restoration also included the installation of new brake cylinders and brake discs, ensuring optimal braking performance and safety. Furthermore, the suspension system, including dampers, was replaced to modernize the car's handling and ride quality. A Kelvedon CV (Constant Velocity) driveshaft conversion was integrated, enhancing drivetrain performance and efficiency while the engine, gearbox, and differential underwent comprehensive overhauls where necessary, ensuring reliable and smooth operation. A new dashboard and interior were fitted, restoring the car's cabin to a pristine condition and the body of the Elan was expertly refinished in its original Lotus colour, Colorado Orange, preserving its iconic appearance. This Lotus comes with a wealth of documentation and historical records, including old MOT certificates dating back to 1985.

A photographic record of the restoration process is on file, providing insight into the meticulous craftsmanship that went into this project. Furthermore, there is correspondence from Lotus Cars confirming the vehicle's provenance, affirming its authenticity and heritage. This Lotus Elan S4 also includes an extensive history file. This file contains a substantial collection of invoices from renowned Lotus specialists, attesting to the care and attention lavished on this classic car throughout its life. With its rich history, exceptional restoration, and numerous enhancements, this Lotus Elan is a true testament to the timeless appeal of British sports cars.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
07889 223 904


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: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


Buyers, bidders and attendees will enjoy a special day in the prestigious Imperial War Museum with some fantastic treats including.
Drinks Reception   |   Music   |   Guest Speakers

With each successful bidder receiving a specially selected hamper.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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