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Lot 198: Lotus Elan +2S 130

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The original Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hardtop was offered in 1963 and a coup� version in 1965. The two-seat Lotus Elan replaced the Elite, elegant, but terrifyingly fragile and expensive to produce. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now famous steel backbone sub frame with a fibreglass body. At 1,500 lb (680 kg), the Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy.

Initial versions of the Elan were also available as a kit to be assembled by the customer in order to save purchase tax. The Elan was technologically advanced with a twin-cam 1558 cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 4-wheel independent suspension. The Lotus-Ford Twin Cam engine was based on Ford's Pre-Crossflow 4-cylinder 1500 cc engine, with a Lotus-inspired Cosworth alloy twin-cam head. This Lotus-Ford 4-cylinder engine would go on to be used in a number of Lotus production and racing models.: The Lotus+2S was a fast and agile sports coupe, low built with very elegant lines. It combined the performance and reliability of the Elan Coupe with genuine 2+2 passenger comfort. 5,200 Elans +2 were made though fewer than 1,200 of these cars remain in the roads today. Their relative rarity, beautiful lines, impressive performance and practicality are the main factors for the rising collector interest in these cars. Note to Collectors of a Certain Age: anyone remember Emma Peel, played by the svelte Diana Rigg, driving an Elite hardtop in the 1960s tv series The Avengers?

This vehicle, manufactured in 1972, has undergone a meticulous nut and bolt restoration, with a full photographic evidence file and masses of invoices. It can only be described as magnificent and is finished in Blue and Silver with a black interior.

2012 is the fiftieth anniversary of the Lotus Elan Marque and must mark a huge milestone in its values and . The car also comes with its original handbook and new MOT.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number198
Estimate£18000-£23000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
Condition rating1
Registration numberHPL 24
Mileage-
Chassis number7112180603L
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2