Lot details Registration No: RRO780M Chassis No: 73041282L
- Three keepers from new and showing 17,171 unwarranted miles
- Rare and desirable `Big Valve' 130 engine and 5-speed gearbox
- In need of TLC but basically complete and running
`RRO 780M' is an apparently `time warp' example of the timeless-looking Ron Hickman-designed Elan +2, that's finished in the eye-catching combination of Regency Red bodywork and Oatmeal-coloured interior trim. It has had just three keepers from new, the second of which evidently cherished the Lotus for over 30 years. First registered in August 1973, the sale car is among the last of the breed - the sought-after +2S 130/5 model that benefits from the 130bhp `Big Valve' version of Cosworth's ubiquitous 1558cc twin-cam power unit, coupled to a five- rather than four-speed manual gearbox. Currently seeking a degree of TLC, the Elan is described by the vendor as having an `original but apparently good chassis', `fair to good' bodywork and interior trim, `very poor' paintwork and a correct-type but replacement engine that `runs with good oil pressure'. The odometer currently stands at an unwarranted 17,171 miles. A rare and exciting opportunity for Lotus enthusiasts everywhere.