1973 Lotus Elan Sprint – Today’s British Tempter

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1973 Lotus Elan Sprint 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee

Originally introduced in 1962, the Lotus Elan was a compact sports convertible and coupe that stayed in production until 1973.

Initially, the Elan was developed as a roadster, however, in 1963 a hardtop version was offered, and then in 1965 a coupe version was released.

Power came from the fabled Lotus-Ford twin cam, 1.5lt and later 1.6lt, inline four-cylinder motor, and the shove from the busy little donk was sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transmission.

Arguably the most desirable model of the Elan series was the Sprint, the last iteration of the original marque.

The Sprint was the hottest version of the Elan, and thanks to some fettling of the 1.6lt twin cam, power was now rated at a healthy 94kW (126hp), which is quite a lot of oomph when the whole car only weighed 703 kilograms.

The Sprint was produced between 1971 and 1973 in a limited run, and while the final number of models produced will never truly be known thanks to a flood which destroyed the factory which kept the records, most experts suggest that around 1400 Sprints were produced in total.

This particular sprint is a ’73 coupe and, according to the seller, has travelled an original 94,445 miles from new.

The seller adds that the Elan has been meticulously maintained and has a documented history of services, maintenance, repairs and improvements.

The Elan Sprint is $60,000 and anyone interested in this classic British sports car can view the full listing here.  

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