1968 Early Elan Plus 2 For Sale

1968 Elan Plus 2.

I’ve owned this car for almost 5 years and driven it just over three thousand miles.

Though it is kept in London, it is garaged.

It’s been used as a sunny weekend car for both short and long journeys. The car is an early (cleaner lines to my eyes) model with the early bucket seats, black badges and a four speed box. The car was in long term storage for much of its life and then recommissioned in the 90s. At this time it received a new Spyder chassis and had the engine rebuilt by specialists Kelvodon Lotus, I have proof of spec and receipts, but briefly the head was mildly reworked with large valves (sprint spec) and CDP 2 cams (again I believe these are sprint spec) were fitted. The head is the better weber head, with the correct carbs. It was also fitted with a much sort after 3. 55 differential to aid motorway cruising.

This coupled with the far nicer four speed box is a great combination, the gear shift is really lovely and tight. The car has a stainless steel single exit exhaust that sounds fantastic. The interior is exceptionally original and in fantastic condition, which the previous two sellers, one of which was marque specialist Vincent Hayden (original advert from him I have kept) believes the mileage to be original, now at just over 20k. I believe everything is as it was delivered in the cabin including the now rare signed Colin Chapman steering wheel. The bodywork is in great shape however the paint, which again as per marque specialist, was thought to be original is, depending on your view, full of 50 years of wonderful patina or needs a respray. There are microblisters and surface spidering on most panels, but not actual damage and it actually in so many ways suits the car. The chrome work is all present and in lovely condition however again wears its patina with pride.

The car is a very honest and unmessed around with example and drives better than any other plus 2 I tried. When ever it is serviced or anyone else drives it they remark how well it goes and drives, it’s a cracking fun car to drive. Since I’ve had it I have had the dreaded water pump replaced at a leading specialist, which was done properly with the engine out, at which point the top end was fully stripped and checked and then the whole car serviced and set up. Of course, i have receipts for this. It also received several new gaskets, including the head gasket and anything else that was neeeded. This was over £2k. I then had the clutch release bearing replaced and the clutch fully checked and inspected (engine out again) and an electronic fan on an automatic thermostat fitted to replace the old water pump driven fan, and a service. This was close to £2k. Recently I had the wheels balanced, an oil and filter change and replaced all the engine and gearbox mounts, £700.

This car drives fantastically and depending on your view of over or under restoration presents wonderfully. I am selling as I fancy an early ‘baby’ elan. Please drive a few, check if they actually have been driven and used, and then see this one, I have fixed so many of the common issues on these unused cars that its now a pleasure to own and drive.

Located in central east London.

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