1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Extensively rebuilt example of a beautiful British classic

There was once a time when British sports cars of the 60s and 70s were seemingly the go-to entry-level classic.

A mix of beautiful design, simplistic mechanicals and an engaging driving experience could be had, for a long time, for not much outlay at all. That has changed somewhat over the past ten years or so, as many of the most beautiful models have appreciated beyond entry-level collectors.


Take the Lotus Elan for example; listed as one of the greatest sports cars of the 60s, and widely credited as the design inspiration behind the world-beating Mazda MX-5.

In 1967, the Elan 2+2 (or +2) was introduced, with a longer wheelbase and wider track allowing for the, rather superficial, addition of rear seats.

It’s a rare example of a +2 variation actually looking better than the original; with that quasi-longtail rear end, Dulop knockoff wheels and a low and slim silhouette.


Overall, the Elan +2 was a more versatile, practical and comfortable drive that sacrificed little in the way of performance.

This 1970 example looks like a great example of the breed.


Unfortunately, the listing is scant on details, but seems to indicate that the car has undergone "body off paint", with "sensible upgrades".

The seller states that "everything is done, everything works". The car looks to be in great overall condition and is certainly very presentable. The extent of work and restoration is not stipulated, so take the time to learn exactly what has been done if you are interested in enquiring about the little Lotus.


The Lotus Elan +2 is based in New South Wales and is listed for $42,500.

Check out the full listing here!


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