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1965 Stunning Lotus Elan S2 For Sale

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  • £39,990 As stated
  • 1965
  • Wymondham
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Price £39,990 As stated
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lotus
Model Elan
  ELAN S2 (Type 26)
Year 1965
Mileage 73,000 miles
Country UK
Region Norfolk
Town Wymondham
Telephone 01234 584283
Seller's phone number is protected behind a forwarding service
Status Private
Date 22-May-2020
Ref C1228632
A beautiful example recently fully restored with light use since completion, 2 owners with a very comprehensive history.
Original cirrus white, with atlas grey interior, 72000 miles. (7000 since full restoration).

History.
Chassis 26-4119 was ordered by a Mr Frost on the 31.08.1964. The original order form shows options selected as heater, a close ratio gearbox, Dunlop tyres, and a white exterior – in kit form. The accompanying sales invoice from Lotus Components records the body number as 3656 and is dated 17.11.1964. Another invoice from Racing Engines Ltd (NB. Mike Costin and Fred Bushell as named directors) lists the mechanical components, and a receipt for factory delivery records the date as 20.11.1964. The car was built by the Frost brothers, and registered 04.01.1965, inspected by the factory service department on 26.3.1965 at 538 miles and awarded it’s “Elan Test Certificate”. Further early history is evidenced by plenty of correspondence between Mr Frost and Lotus, a workshop manual in its plastic sleeve, a unit numbered plastic wrapped set of provisional instructions, owner’s manuals, warranty booklet, sales brochure – this purchase paperwork has been beautifully kept in the original Lotus customer sales file. It appears that Mr Frost ran the car for 63000 miles before laying it up in the home garage in 1979. In 2006 the car was bought from the original owner, by its current keeper, who embarked on a full restoration with Morland Jones in London, completed in 2013. The car has done 7000 miles since restoration and has been maintained almost exclusively by acclaimed Lotus specialist Gerald Turner, at GST in Newmarket. I’m not sure I remember ever seeing a car with such a comprehensive history and one that retains all its original factory documentation some 56 years on. Furthermore, there are two bankers boxes full of history, and bills for all the restoration costs and parts.

Chassis and body.
The body is fantastic, having had a full process restoration by respected marque experts Option 1. This was a £13000 operation, and the finish of the paint is extraordinary. The boot, boot lid and engine bay finish is correct to type. The panel fit and gap also impresses. All brightworks were salvaged, re-plated or replaced, new rear lamps and surrounds sourced (originally a round lamp car). A new windscreen was fitted, existing sliding windows were in good order.
A Lotus stressed skin chassis by Spyder (NOT the spaceframe version) was purchased by Mr Frost in 1980 and this unit was chosen as the basis for the restoration, suffering no corrosion having been dry stored, and having some improvements to stress areas over the original unit. The chassis was painted black, all suspension and braking components were replaced to original specification, including shafts and Rotoflex couplings.

Engine and gearbox.
Upon consignment, it was discovered that the engine numbers did not match; oddly nothing in the history gave evidence as to why, and with Morland Jones having retired in 2015,there was no explanation to be found. The original owner had since passed away, but his brother was contacted and he confirmed from memory that the engine had “grenaded” itself on the way back from a Brands Hatch meeting in the late 60’s. A replacement engine of same type and series was fitted – but on this occasion, without the Ian Walker Stage 3 head that the car once wore! The original unit was recorded as LP2551LAA, the current unit is LP8843LAA. This unit was rebuilt to a fast road spec by Morland Jones, along with gearbox, differential unit – original and correct paint colours used for block and cam cover. New ignition and carburettors were fitted and an oversized radiator and a Kenlowe fan are sensible upgrades.

Interior and roof.
The grey soft top has not been on the car often, and comes with a zip full / half tonneau. Cant rails were repainted, as were roof sticks. Seats were rebuilt with new covers from the Type 26 register, new cream door card covers, rebuilt and veneered dash with original gauges all rebuilt, original stereo rewired for FM, and original rubber floor covering sourced from the US. Everything works, and functions correctly. Correct steering wheel and horn push.
The boot was given the same treatment, with the tank refurbished and repainted, all boot boards repainted, and new webbing straps fitted for soft top storage. A factory jack is still in its hessian roll bag, and a tool roll is presented in a replica cover.

Driving.
The car starts and idles cleanly, taking a little while to reach temperature. Gear box feels tight and precise, pedals all nicely measured. Once up to temp, engine can be worked hard, and it’s sprightly for sure with that great exhaust note. Steering a revelation, full of feel through it’s large and pencil thin rim, and ride is incredibly good - quiet too. Brakes are standard but excellent, drawing up dead straight and true. I can’t fault it and spent a good 40 minutes in it on the hot day when some of these images were taken – it was an absolute delight to drive through the Norfolk countryside, drawing much attention and respect from onlookers and passers-by.

Summary.
A lovely example of an early Elan S2. Beautifully presented, but not too heavily restored that you'd be reluctant to use it; it’s been restored to be used and has been since completion for weddings and a trip to France. Fantastic history, and just a very well sorted car, that drives superbly. It’s time due a small annual service, and there are two small jobs (footwell trim needs affixing, and door latch requires outer adjustment) but these operations will be performed upon sale. 
Feel free to contact for further details or to arrange your own appraisal.

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