Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

 
  Lot 38
 

1974 Lotus Elan +2 130/5

Sold for £20,250

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: PKE 300M
Chassis No: 73111782C
MOT: T.B.A.

  • Rumoured to be one of just six such cars finished in Renault Mid-Green Metallic without a contrasting roof for the Lotus hierarchy
  • Recent engine overhaul to 'fast road' specification and hoped to possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale
  • To ultimate +2 specification with the 'Big Valve' engine and five-speed manual gearbox

Hailed by the contemporary motoring press as dynamically superior to its two-seater sibling thanks to a longer wheelbase and wider track, the +2 version of Lotus’s legendary Elan debuted in June 1967. True to designer Ron Hickman’s vision, its fully independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes delivered a true ‘race car for the road’ driving experience. Progressively evolved, the ultimate +2 boasted a 130bhp, 1.6 litre ‘twin cam’ engine and five-speed manual transmission. Of the 5,200 made, just 1,200 2+2-seater Elans are thought to have survived.

Rumoured to be one of six such cars finished in Renault Mid-Green Metallic without a contrasting roof for the members of the Lotus hierarchy, ‘PKE 300M’ has recently had its engine fully overhauled to ‘fast road’ specification (dyno sheet showing 145bhp on file). Further benefiting from a new exhaust, solid drive shaft conversion, replacement brakes and uprated Tony Thompson suspension all round, it is hoped that the Coupe will possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale. Retrimmed using the last of the original Oatmeal material available from the factory, the interior is decidedly smart. The paintwork, as is so often the case with fibreglass-bodied cars, shows signs of microblistering but remains presentable. Offered with V5C Registration Document and sundry paperwork.

PLEASE NOTE: The vendor ran out of time ahead of the sale and as such this lot does not possess a current MOT certificate. He has compiled a list of minor jobs he considers the car would benefit from (door cards reaffixing etc) which can be viewed in the Documents Office. The dyno test revealed a power output of 141bhp (not 145bhp) and the car is fitted with a Quaife ATB differential (costing circa £750).

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
damian.jones@handh.co.uk
07855 493737

PLEASE NOTE: The vendor ran out of time ahead of the sale and as such this lot does not possess a current MOT certificate. He has compiled a list of minor jobs he considers the car would benefit from (door cards reaffixing etc) which can be viewed in the Documents Office. The dyno test revealed a power output of 141bhp (not 145bhp) and the car is fitted with a Quaife ATB differential (costing circa £750).

 

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