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1964 Elan Convertible Roadster Driver Project coming soon For Sale

£19,500 As stated

Price £19,500As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lotus
Model Elan
Year 1964
Country United States of America
Region International
Status Trade
  15-Apr-2021
Ref C1207496
LHD

Located in the USA... dry no salt on roads...(((((((also have a 68 Lotus Elan S4 clean driver coming soon and on request please)))))))


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1964 Elan = Convertible Roadster = US-specs LHD... a clean and solid barn find project dry parked dry bones coming soon and on request please.....


Coming soon.... $19, 500.... USD dollars....


- Coming Soon and on request please!


Note: the photos in the ad are sample and more pics and price on request please....



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- Specs and history


- details above


Lotus Elan 1500, 1600, S2, S3, S4, Sprint

Lotus Elan S4 drop head coupe (front flank). jpg

Overview

Production
1962–1973

Assembly

Cheshunt, England
Hethel, England

Designer
Ron Hickman

Body and chassis

Body style

2-door coupé
2-door roadster

Layout
Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Powertrain

Engine
1, 498 cc later 1, 558 cc Lotus TwinCam I4 (petrol)

Transmission
4-speed manual (all synchromesh)

Dimensions

Wheelbase
84. 0 in (2, 134 mm)

Length
145. 0 in (3, 683 mm)

Width
56. 0 in (1, 422 mm)

Height
45. 5 in (1, 156 mm)

Curb weight
Approximately 1, 500 lb (680 kg)

Chronology


Predecessor
Type 14 Lotus Elite

Successor
Type 79 Lotus Esprit

Lotus Elan 1500, 1600, S2, S3, S4, Sprint[edit]

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Lotus Elan 1500, 1600, S2, S3, S4, Sprint

Lotus Elan S4 drop head coupe (front flank). jpg

Overview


Production
1962–1973

Assembly

Cheshunt, England
Hethel, England


Designer
Ron Hickman

Body and chassis


Body style

2-door coupé
2-door roadster


Layout
Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive

Powertrain


Engine
1, 498 cc later 1, 558 cc Lotus TwinCam I4 (petrol)

Transmission
4-speed manual (all synchromesh)

Dimensions


Wheelbase
84. 0 in (2, 134 mm)

Length
145. 0 in (3, 683 mm)

Width
56. 0 in (1, 422 mm)

Height
45. 5 in (1, 156 mm)

Curb weight
Approximately 1, 500 lb (680 kg)

Chronology


Predecessor
Type 14 Lotus Elite

Successor
Type 79 Lotus Esprit

Overview

The Lotus Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. This style of construction was to be repeated in subsequent Lotus models for nearly three decades. At approximately 1, 500 lb (680 kg), the Elan embodied Colin Chapman's minimum weight design philosophy. The Elan was technologically advanced with a DOHC 1, 558 cc engine, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and 4-wheel independent suspension. Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 supercar, reportedly said that his only disappointment with the McLaren F1 was that he could not give it the perfect steering of the Lotus Elan.[1]

In 2004, Sports Car International named the Elan number six on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The original version of the car was designed by Ron Hickman[2] who also designed the first Lotus Europa as part of Lotus' GT40 project bid and made his fortune having designed the Black & Decker Workmate.

Because of its successful design and rigorous attention to cost control on the body, chassis, engine and transmission, the Elan become Lotus' first commercial success and contributed to the funding of its achievements in racing over the next ten years. It revived a company stretched thin by the more exotic, expensive to build, and rather unreliable Lotus Elite, which used a fiberglass monocoque body/ chassis and all aluminium Coventry Climax engine.

The original Elan 1500 was introduced in 1962 as a roadster. After a very short production run of just 22 cars the engine was enlarged and the car was re-designated the Elan 1600.[3] An optional hardtop was also offered. The Elan 1600 of 1963 was replaced by the Elan S2 in 1964.[4] In 1965 the Type 36, a fixed head coupé version of the car, was introduced while in 1966 the drop head coupé Type 26 was replaced by the Type 45. Both Types, 36 & 45, were offered initially in S3 form, followed in 1968 in S4 form, and finally in 1970 as the Elan Sprint.[5] Production of the Sprint ceased in 1973.[4] The standard (Std) S2, S3 & S4 models were also available in a slightly more powerful and luxurious "Special Equipment" variant, generally referred to as the SE (e. g. Lotus Elan S3 SE).

In the UK the Elan was offered as a fully assembled vehicle and, for tax avoidance purposes, as a lower cost kit for final assembly by the customer.

Reviews

The Elan was widely admired and praised by customers and reviewers, noted for its exceptional handling, roadholding, steering, acceleration, braking and comfort:


Car and Driver: The Elan very simply represents the sports car developed in tune with the state of the art. It comes closer than anything else on the market to providing a Formula car for ordinary street use. And it fits like a Sprite, goes like a Corvette, and handles like a Formula Junior. Driving it is very simply another sort of automotive experience altogether. Most people tend to come back from their first ride a little bit glassy-eyed...[6]


Road and Track: The light and tactile steering, combined with supple suspension and a weird, physics-defying sense of zero weight transfer in corners, provides a sensation akin to flying just over the ground. I'm convinced there's a powerful pleasure center in the brain that remains untapped until you drive an Elan. It's almost a drug.[7]


Motor Sport: The tremendously responsive steering and handling requires similar qualities from the driver and the speeds achieved round corners and on the straight are deceptively fast. This, therefore, calls for a lot of concentration on the driver's part. Once mastered, however, the Elan is the nearest thing to a single-seater racing car one is likely to be able to drive comfortably on the road. To master the car and explore its tremendous handling potential along that delightfully twisty piece of road one knows so well is close on perfection for the sporting motorist.[8]

Production[edit]

The total production number for the Lotus Elan is not definitively known; however John Bolster, in his book "The Lotus Elan and Europa: A Collector's Guide", provides a number of 12, 224 (S1-3: 7, 895; S4: 2, 976; Sprint: 1, 353).[9] This number was occasionally used by Lotus itself. See below for +2 production.

Meanwhile, Paul Robinshaw and Christopher Ross, in their book "The Original 1962–1973 Lotus Elan", assert that Lotus' somewhat erratic record keeping at the time meant that vehicle serial numbers were not entirely sequential or consistent. Their assessment suggests the actual count to be in the range 8, 676-9, 153 (S1: 900; S2: 1, 250; S3: 2, 650; S4: 2976-3, 000; Sprint: 900-1353).[10]

As of April 2018, the voluntary, and thus inevitably incomplete, Lotus Elan registry lists approximately 1, 100 known remaining vehicles (including approximately 330 +2 models) in over 30 countries.[11]



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- The above vehicle information is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time it is posted to this website. It is provided 'as-is', without warranties as to its accuracy, whether expressed or implied, and is intended for informational purposes only. Corrections or additional information is always appreciated.


- More details on request please...

- All inspections welcome... We ship worldwide.


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   Shipping at your cost example... is about $1, 500.. to the UK ports...

  
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