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Lot 451: 1965 Lotus Elan S2 Drophead Coupe

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

Launched at the 1962 London Motor Show, at the Elan's heart was a rigid backbone chassis so good that it has formed the basis of all Lotus models since. Independent suspension under a light and outstandingly pretty glassfibre body ensured nimble handling with racing car feel and responses, while soft springing also provided an excellent ride - a combination allowing the Elan numerous track successes in little modified form; brakes were disc all round with centre-lock wheels. The engine, initially 1,498cc but soon increased to 1,558cc, was a four cylinder twin-cam unit; through twin Weber 40DCE carburettors, it produced 105bhp at 5,500rpm and, via a close ratio gearbox, powered the diminutive Elan to 112mph and 0-60mph in 9 seconds. For November 1964, the S2 Elan appeared with larger front brake callipers, revised rear lights and full width wood facia, while the fixed-head S3 followed in October '65.Sold new in April 1966 to Mr C Shute, this original S2 Drophead Coupe left Great Britain in 1971 to spend the next 35 years in Holland, where it saw only sparing use with its two owners in this period, covering in total some 70,000 miles. This very popular car is described as being in good condition, having now recently returned to Britain. It has a fresh MoT test certificate and it is hoped it will be British road-registered by the time of this sale. A rare and sought after early Elan, eligible for both road and race events. Finished in striking gold-leaf colours of red, white and gold with black interior, black hood and tonneau cover, it is accompanied by a Lotus Club letter authenticating its build date. A superb sports car with rewarding handling, a true driver's sports car.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number451
Estimate£7500-£10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8587
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1965
Condition rating0
Registration numberTBA
Mileage-
Chassis number26/5010
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