1972 LOTUS ELAN +2 130
Registration Number: ACA 450L
Chassis Number: 720808452
Recorded Mileage: c.23,000 miles (please see description)
- In previous long term storage from 1987 - 2022
- Recently thoroughly recommissioned
- Original paintwork and trim
Based upon the two-seater Elan, launched by Lotus in 1962, a classic GT style 2+2 model was developed using a stretched chassis and widened track to accommodate two small rear seats. Improvements to the interior, and the addition of front fog lights characterised the new Elan +2S of 1969. It wasn't until the much-awaited big valve head engines arrived early in 1971 that the Elan +2 really came of age, thanks to the new 126bhp output. Known as the Elan Sprint, the same engine was transplanted into the +2S to create the Elan +2S 130. This version was capable of 125mph and 0-60 in just 7.4 seconds. It wasn't just the rapid performance that boosted Lotus's image but the fact that this model was the first that Lotus chose not to supply in kit form, thus controlling manufacturing quality.
Despatched from the works on 18 September 1972, this highly original Elan +2S, was specified from new with the desirable 130bhp “big-valve” cylinder head and four-speed gearbox. The earlier life of the Elan is not known, however by 1987 the car was placed into dry storage, only to emerge in late 2022. The current owner, an experienced classic car racer and restorer, has undertaken a thorough programme of recommissioning works to prepare the Elan for the road once more.
The engine has been overhauled with new piston rings and big end shells, the cylinder head stripped and rebuilt with reground valves. Cooling is improved with a new radiator and hoses, the electrical system was repaired with replacement relays as required, and new air horns. The ignition system is improved with new points, condenser, plugs, leads, coil and battery. The front lights have been tested and fitted with new vacuum pipework and a failsafe valve. The braking and clutch systems overhauled, and the suspension treated to new dampers, springs and bushings where required. The exhaust system has been replaced with a full stainless system.
The Elan is still finished in its original Lagoon Blue paintwork, with period metal-flake roof finished in Champagne. The paintwork has been machine polished and presents well, with minor age-related paint blemishes here and there. The interior trim is original and presents very nicely. Finally, all five wheels have been refurbished and fitted with new tyres. When acquired, the Elan showed c.23,000 miles recorded which could well be correct, although it was noticed that the speed had failed (presumably in storage), and so a replacement unit has been fitted. The original item is supplied with the car if required.
Offered with a UK V5C registration document, workshop manual and original jack/hammer and original speedo, this is a very nicely sorted, and very original classic Lotus, which is now on the button and ready to be enjoyed once more.