1973 Lotus Elan +2 S130/5 Unfinished Restoration For Sale
I bought this car in 1989 from a very well known classic Lotus specialist and used it as my daily transport for approximately 18 months.
Prior to me buying the car, a new Lotus galvanised chassis was fitted, the bottom end of the engine was rebuilt with a +20 rebore and the car was repainted metallic blue, from its original bronze with metal-flake gold roof.
After 18 months of trouble-free and very enjoyable motoring, the head gasket blew. At this point, I decided to retire the car from everyday use and carry out a light restoration, intending to then use the car purely for fun.
I started by removing the head and stripping it, coating all the components in oil and carefully storing them away. The head itself was sent off to QED who repaired corroded waterways,polished the combustion chambers, fitted new valve seats and guides and honed the cam follower sleeves, supplying new +001 followers.
I inspected the bores of the engine and found them to be still be perfect, with absolutely no scoring or lipping and the honing marks from the rebore still looking like the day they were done. I completely filled the sump with oil, coated the bores with grease and covered the block in situ, to protect it.
I completely gutted the engine bay and stripped back the wiring loom, replacing any wiring that showed any signs of deterioration and replacing all the connectors with new.
I was never really happy with the quality of the repaint and so, decided to strip the body back to the original primer/gel coat. As you can see from the photos, I started to do this but then.... the usual story..... other projects and life in general and, the car has sat, in dry storage, ever since. I am now preparing to emigrate in a year or so and therefore, I am reluctantly forced to sell her.
The car is totally complete - anything you can't see in the photos is included, including the camshafts, all the other head components (all still soaked in oil and perfect!) and the bonnet. The car did not come with an original steering wheel when I bought it but, I have the aftermarket one that came with the car.
I can confirm that this is a matching numbers car, the engine number on the block matching that on the original chassis plate. I can also confirm that the engine turns freely and, having wiped the grease from the bores to inspect them again, the cylinders are still all perfect!
I'm Looking for £11,500 but will consider a sensible offer. Bear in mind though, that you are buying a matching numbers, big valve, 5 speed car, with a galvanised chassis and an engine that should require little more than reassembling. Most other Elan / +2 restoration projects will require both a new chassis and an engine rebuild, and will therefore cost considerably more to restore than this one!
I think my asking price makes it very viable for someone to buy the car and complete the restoration for much less than it would then be worth.
Please contact by email or text message initially, as I am not always able to answer the phone.
Now fully restored with new, Mick Miller interior, I am the 2nd owner buying the car in 1986 when the engine had a top end overhaul with Big Valves, new water pump and clutch assembly. The car has since had a full chassis and body restoration with the bodywork stripped and "Myers" prepared ie all body .....
Hello and welcome fellow classic car enthusiasts.
Iíve been in business working with classic cars for over 30 years. Mostly, my experience is with classic British sports cars from the 1950s onwards, such as Lotus, Aston Martin, Jaguar, AC, Austin Healey, Triumph, MG, Morgan, but over the years Iíve .....
A super 1967 Lotus Elan DHC Left Hand Drive
Low Mileage, low ownership, originally left hand drive, correct Type 45 in very good condition. I can supply spare parts to convert to right hand drive. Has been restored a few years ago at considerable cost with Lotus galvanised chassis, upgrade engine .....
For quick sale , my Elan SE turbo , Iíve had for 4 years , Finished in Monaco White with grey leather upholstery, hood is in excellent condition and easy to put up and down. Everything works well. Interior is good and free of rips or tears; Iíve bought a new car so itís for sale:
I have the original .....
For sale is this lovely low mileage (6830 mls) example of one of the best loved British small sports car.
It has a very interesting documented history making it ideal for the enthusiast.
Viewing is highly recommended, for anymore information please call 07754553414
Emails may take longer to respond .....
Lotus Elan S3 FHC Type 36 1967
1600 Big valves
Weber 40 DCOE
4 Close Ration (Ford Competition)
26R type Driveshafts
Competition Shock absorbers
Adjustable front and rear triangles (26R)
Large radiator with additional electric fan
External and internal electric cut
Lotus Elan +2S 130/5 Low mileage, low ownership car, subject of a restoration many years ago with Spyder chassis, paint work etc. Fastidiously maintained by current owner, recent comprehensive service including top end engine service, valve clearances and re-shimmed and tune carburettors, fitted new .....
The Lotus Elan was Britainís preeminent 1960ís sports car. The genius that was Colin Chapman, aided by a talented small team of designers, notably Ron Hickman, had conceived the Elan in 1962 as a replacement for the Elite. Produced from 1971 to 1973, the Elan Sprint was introduced to boost flagging .....