This Lotus Elans is a very nicely maintained classic car. The fiberglass body of this original 2 door Coupe has been completely resprayed, and the big valve engine overhauled, the interior has also been re done in beautiful cream leather. The tires are new
Following in the wheel tracks of the radical Elite, Lotus’ equally brilliant Elan proved to be Colin Chapman’s most successful venture to date. The Elite made headlines with its highly advanced fiberglass semi-monocoque body with a steel backbone chassis that gave it exquisite handling in a featherweight package. While the Elite was highly regarded for its deft handling and brisk performance, it suffered from quality control issues and a high price which hampered sales. With the Elan, many of the Elite’s quality issues were addressed and the costs were kept low by replacing the costly Climax engine with a Ford-based four-cylinder topped by a twin-cam head. The rigid and light backbone chassis was retained, to ensure typically exquisite handling. The Lotus Elan proved to be a massive success and Lotus production was booming throughout the 1960s and into the 70s. Very early into the Elan’s development, Colin Chapman ordered the addition of a “family man’s Lotus” to the lineup; one that would return nearly the same performance as the Elan, but with more luxury, sophistication and a bit of extra space for children. Chapman asked for a car with “the front of an Elan and the rear of an Elite”, so designers set about stretching the Elan’s chassis and revising the styling to better suit the longer wheelbase. The result was the Elan +2, introduced in 1967.
Despite the brief for a more luxurious Elan, the +2 continued with Lotus ethos of “simplify, add lightness”, and even with the additional 7 ½ inches of length added to the chassis, the bigger car exhibited superior stability in cornering and at speed. Throughout production, the +2 was continually fettled by the factory, with the renamed Plus 2S arriving in March of 1969 with larger carbs and a host of other refinements. The Plus 2S 130 added yet another boost in performance courtesy of the Big Valve cylinder head, and enlarged Stromberg carburetors on US spec cars. The Elan Plus 2S 130 was a worthy competitor to the likes of the Porsche 911, Datsun 240Z and even the E-type 2+2. Despite its comparatively tiny displacement horsepower deficit, the Elan came in at just 1,975 pounds – that’s nearly 400 pounds lighter than a 911E and a whopping 1,300 pounds shy of an E-type 2+2! Proof that power isn’t everything, as soon as the road gets bendy, the Elan truly shines