The essential 1960’s British sports car, the tiny Lotus Elan, remains a benchmark for handling. With its pop-up headlights, curved windshield, and roll-up windows, it was a symbol of Swinging London, immortalized in The Avengers television series.
The Elan was built with a backbone frame and a fibreglass body, and had four-wheel independent suspension. Its Ford 1600-cc four-cylinder engine developed a lively 105bhp, and featured Lotus’s own twin-cam head, like the Lotus Cortina. Weighing only 1,420 pounds, early cars could do 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds, with the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds (at 87 mph).
Four series of Elans were built between 1962 and 1973, with Plus 2 and Plus 2S 2+2 models added from 1967 to 1974. All Elans were roadsters until 1965, with a removable hardtop optional, but all Plus 2 models were coupes and never sold as kits as other Lotuses were. The second series Elan arrived in late 1964, offering a full-width dash with glove box, oval tail lights, the battery in the trunk, and optional knock-off wheels.
This well presented Lotus Elan S2 comes with all the improved upgrades against the S1. Being a rare left hand drive example and supplied with EU road papers, this sought after roadster surely deserves closer inspection.