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Stunning restored Lotus Elan Plus 2S matching No’s For Sale (1969)
|Due to a recent new house purchase and the need to free up some cash for an extension, I have made the decision that one of my toys has to go.|
So it's a 1969 plus 2S (not the standard plus 2) and has been my labour of love over the last year whilst bringing it back to the gorgeous car you see now.
Chassis number 50/2277 manufactures on 7th November 1969 and was sold by Tollgate Engineering to its fist owner who owned it until it was exported to Sweden in the early 1980s after being repainted in the black JPS colours.
It was owned by Lennart Bjork, a DTM and classic car racer as part of a private collection (not a race car) where it was dry stored with very little use.
Unfortunately Lennart Passed away and his cars were sold off by his wife.
Another collector and well known lotus Sweden member Richard Fritz purchased it to add to his collection of other lotus and super cars.
During its time in Sweden this car was maintained by the renowned Lotus guru Leif Norburg who was a legend in Sweden, having been one of Ronnie Peterson's mechanics.
Up until his death Leif owned several of Ronnie race cars, helped Colin chapmans son rebuild Ronnie's championship JPS F1 car and ran the Ronnie Peterson museum.
This is documented with receipts, hand written notes and magazine printouts.
After several years Rickard put the lotus up for sale on the Swedish lotus forum where a uk lotus owner saw it advertised and imported it.
I work with his wife and knew he was thinking of selling it but it still needed registering and quite a lot of work to bring back to full glory.
That's when I stepped in a couple of years ago and purchased the car.
The car, and most importantly the chassis, were inspected by Lotus Club Chairman and authorised club Lotus vehicle inspector Alan Morgan who noted that it was in 'very good original condition with original specification and original and correct parts'
Detailed photos were sent to lotus for verification and after an uneventful mot I then registered the car and enjoyed a few drives before starting the journey to its new condition which I wanted to be as close to original as possible.
Whilst I have owned it I have had the following work carried out mainly at Vincent Haydon (lotus specialist) using parts from there as well as SJ Sportscars.
Vincent Haydon Lotus conducted further car and chassis before the chassis was photographed I. It’s original state before being wax oiled to protect it
Top end engine work, cam inspection (sprint cam fitted), valve gaps reset, new gaskets.
Oil and filter service.
Both Webber carbs rebuilt and set up.
New brake system ( calipers, master cyl, servo and braided lines)
Anti roll bar bushes.
New induction pipe.
Stainless exhaust system.
New chrome window surrounds.
New wing mirrors.
New period correct stainless sill and bumper bolts.
New washers and wipers.
The biggest job has been the body work to revert it back to its original Lotus yellow colour.
The shell was stripped right back to gel coat before being fully inspected by a grp specialist ( no issues) prior to paint and polish.
I had a new windscreen and rubbers fitted along with the chrome.
The engine bay has also been fully refreshed including new heat shield, induction pipe, fuse box cover etc.
I have also had the electrics fully checked and tested by a specialist classic electrician.
Inside it has had new sound deadening and carpet throughout and the leather is all in great condition as can be seen in the photo.
At some point it has had solid drive shafts fitted to replace the old donuts and has had the outer silks replaced with stainless sills.
Throughout this process I have kept a photographic log of much of the work including all chassis and bodywork etc as well as all correspondence from Lotus Uk, Lotus Sweden , Leif Norburg Motorsport and the Swedish owner.
This must be one of the more original cars out there with its original chassis in documented great condition with its original matching number engine, box etc and finished in its original Lotus colour along with interesting history and low miles at just 49k miles (80k Kms)
I may have missed a few things but feel free to give me a call to discuss.
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