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Lotus Elan +2S


Produced: 1968-1971, 3000 produced. (production figure includes +2S 130 models)
Types: Coupe
Lotus Elan +2S

Lotus launched a legend in 1962, the Lotus Elan. Following on from the previous Elite model the new Elan offered improved handling, performance and had a less fragile feel to its overall design. Below the Elan bonnet sat a twin-cam four cylinder engine which would become a legend in its own right, powering other classic Lotus models including the Cortina sports-saloons.

Initially the Elan came as an open two seater, from 1964 a fixed head coupe was also available, both bodies being constructed from GRP and mounted on a separate chassis. In 1967 a new Elan 2+2 joined the range which offered more comfort in a classic GT format. Both models continued to sell well throughout the late-60's with various model changes (including the Elan Sprint and 2+2 130) and more powerful engines.

Buyers Guide Lotus Elan 1962 - 1973 featured in Practical Classics November 2005– available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.

Source: Motorbase


1558ccS4 DOHCLotus (Ford) Twin-cam 1.682.55mm x 72.746mm9.5

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
118 mph8.9 s0 s27 mpg118 bhp 6250




WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 0"4' 6"4' 7"14' 0"5' 3" 0 (0)34' 0"

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