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1968 Lotus Elan Plus 2 Five Speed SOLD

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  • £13,000 As stated
  • 1968
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
Not for sale - it has been sold via a Car and Classic Free Ad
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lotus
Model Elan
  Elan Plus 2
Year 1968
Mileage 68,000 miles
Country UK
Region Tyne and Wear
Town Newcastle upon Tyne
Status Private
Ref C1150735
Lotus Elan Plus 2, Big valve head, sprint cams and Five speed gearbox. Chassis number 50/813
It is with great reluctance that I’ve decided to sell my Plus 2. I purchased the car from John Clegg in January 2018 but, most of the time it has been in one of my garages. I have probably only done about a 1000 miles in the car. The truth is I have too many projects, I have nine other classic/kit cars. I will probably have to live till I’m 150 years old to finish all the projects I’ve invented in my retirement. I’ve also in my 70th year, been learning to fly Gyroplanes and having nearly finished my training, now need to purchase a share in a Gyroplane.
The car has been modified by John and has some very nice driving aids in such an old car, things like wash/wipe, immobiliser, ABS brakes, electric headlight lifts, rewired the whole car with modern relays and fuses. It has modern sportscar seats, so is comfortable to drive. I do have the original seats, if required. John has also fitted a sunroof, which is not to my taste, so I have had a new roof panel made. This can also be supplied with the car if required.
The car was first registered in July 1968 and has been fitted with a galvanised chassis and outriggers (sills), so no major work needed there. The engine is a standard twin cam but has been fitted with a big valve head and sprint cams. It is not matching numbers. The gearbox is a Lotus five speed. I do have a type 9 gearbox in stock, but it needs a rebuild. I did around trip of 190 miles last weekend and the oil pressure stayed at a steady 40 PSI. The water temperature was just over 90degrees for the whole trip, which was excellent; as it was one of the hottest days of the year. The body is straight and true with no major cracks or starring. As standard it does have some osmosis, but I have removed the blisters to get rid of the moister. The bodywork is acceptable if you do not stand too close. The car would benefit from a respray, but it is perfectly acceptable as it is, if you don’t mind it not being concourse. The interior is acceptable and comfortable, but again, not concourse! The tyres and wheels are all good.
To sum up, the car is maybe not one for the purist, unless you would want to put it back to original specification. Overall, it is a very comfortable and usable car, with no major works to do, unless you want a show car. The car is tax and M.O.T. exempt. If you purchased this car you could just drive it home, no trailers needed. When I purchased the car, I believed it was a good investment, hopefully with prices coming into line with its baby sister in time.
I’ve looked at all of the other Plus 2’s for sale now, (September 2019) with running cars priced from £12750 to thirty odd thousand for a Zetec show car. So, I’ve decided to offer this car at £13000. I’m located in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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