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  • RefCode: TA1082491
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ELAN
  • Derivative: Sprint DHC
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,970
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP
  • Auction: 29th-30th July 2017 - Silverstone - The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

In 1962 Lotus launched a legend, the new and ground-breaking Lotus Elan. Following on from the Elite, the new car offered improved handling and better performance. Below the bonnet sat a new 1558cc, twin-cam four-cylinder engine which would become a legend in its own right, powering other classic Lotus models including, of course, the Cortina sporting saloons.The desirable Elan `Sprint' was officially introduced in 1971 and was the ultimate incarnation. It justified its name thanks to a substantial increase in power to 126bhp resulting from the adoption of a big-valve head with high-lift cams, a raised compression ratio and (initially) Weber 40 DCOE 31s. The drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced and the front callipers were redesigned to cope with the increased performance. In the time between the public announcement of the Sprint at the 1970 October Earls Court Motor Show and the official launch of the car in February 1971, there was frantic activity at the factory. With the motoringpublicclamouring for the more powerful Elan, the decision was made to convert a small number of 'SE' S4s to Sprint specification at the factory. From the VIN records it appears there was no logical order to the selection of which S4 cars were converted and in March 1992, the then Lotus archivist, Michael Pomfret, claimed that just 79 S4s were converted to Sprint specification in early 1971, the last on 27th March. These factory-converted cars, known colloquially in Lotus circles as `S4/Sprints', often retained the bonnet bulge from the S4. Today, the cars from this select group are much sought-after due to their rarity and pioneering role in the story of the ultimate Elan. According to its accompanying Lotus Certificate of Vehicle Provenance, the car presented here was only the 8th example of an S4 to be factory-converted to Sprint specification. It was built in June 1970, receiving its upgrade shortly after, before being sold through Hammonds & Oakwood Ltd. of Beckenham. In the car'shistory file, thereis its original green VE.60 Registration Book plus a letter from the Lotus Archive Department, which combine to tell us it was bought by a Mr E Watters of Penshurst on the 6th April 1971, being first registered on the 22nd April 1971. The car is believed to have been enjoyed by only one more owner, before being acquired in circa 1996 by a senior Lotus technician at renowned Lotus specialists Paul Matty Sports Cars. During the next 18 years of his ownership, the car was used regularly but maintained to a very good standard. Our vendor bought the car in 2014, with a corresponding invoice from Paul Matty Sports Cars Ltd. documenting the chassis and engine numbers as per the Certificate of Vehicle Provenance and current V5C. Impressed by the car's pedigree, our vendor thought it worthy of a complete restoration, and this was duly commenced, taking almost three years and costing in excess of £30,000, as supported by many invoices. As is not uncommon with Elans, the originalchassis - found to still haveits chalked-on chassis number intact - was past saving, and an invoice in the file confirms that a genuine galvanised Lotus replacement chassis has now been fitted. All elements of the car have been cleaned, renewed and reassembled and where this wasn't possible, items were replaced with genuine new parts including a new fuel tank. The engine and gearbox were stripped down and found to be in very good condition, before being professionally refreshed and serviced. The bodywork was restored and finished in its original colour scheme of Carnival Red / Cirrus White, made famous as the livery of the 'Gold Leaf Team Lotus' Formula One cars of the late 1960s and 1970s. A new fabric hood was fitted along with a set of new carpets and new trim. The overall result, as can be seen from the photographs, is amazing. The little Lotus is so pretty that you wouldn't know whether to drive it or hang it on the kitchen wall!The car is accompanied by the history file containinginvoices from the rebuild, a photographicrecord of the work, original Registration Book and spare keys. Quite rightly, the Lotus Elan is today regarded as one of the finest British sports cars of all time and the Sprint is, perhaps, the ultimate model. This immaculate example is an S4/Sprint convertible, possibly the rarest of all.

CALL 01926 321 950
  • RefCode: DIY1010260
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: EUROPA
  • Derivative: JPS Special
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,972
  • Mileage (Miles): 88,000
  • Mileage (KM): 141,592
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

Totally restored to the highest standard, resprayed, tax exempt, long MoT, 3 previous owners, ready to drive and enjoy.

CALL *******8706 Show number
  • RefCode: TA1084663
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ELAN
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,966
  • Mileage (Miles): 81,000
  • Mileage (KM): 130,356
  • Colour: Red
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

1966 Lotus Elan S3 FHC finished in bright red with contrasting original black vinyl seats and black carpet, complimented by a Walnut dashboard.

CALL 01753 644599
  • RefCode: TA1084817
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ELAN
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,966
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

1966 Lotus Elan S3 FHC finished in bright red with contrasting original black vinyl seats and black carpet, complimented by a Walnut dashboard. The car is in beautiful condition throughout without any stress cracks as are frequently found on these early Lotuses. It has had the benefit of a new replacement chassis which has been fully wax oiled and a complete professional body restoration. In recent times the following mechanical improvements have been considerable. During 2015 the engine was completely rebuilt using +30 Omega pistons, new water pump and 40amp Denso alternator and a new clutch. The entire rear suspension has also been rebuilt and re-bushed together with new front springs and dampers. The S3 specification includes electric windows, an original Motorola 5 push button radio, an original Lotus leather trimmed alloy steering wheel with Colin Chapman's engraved signature, original Lotus wheels now shod with new Michelin XAS high speed radial tyres and an auxiliary cooling fan for extremeconditions. This is a great little car to drive and will hopefully provide years of driving pleasure to a new owner. Very competitively priced at 32,950

CALL 01753 644599
  • RefCode: DIY1059020
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: EUROPA
  • Derivative: 1558cc Twin cam
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,972
  • Mileage (Miles): 1,200
  • Mileage (KM): 1,931
  • Colour: Blue
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

Total restoration of barn find. New MoT, photo record of build, manuals & invoices, spares.

CALL *******6873 Show number
  • RefCode: TA1073567
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ESPRIT
  • Derivative: Turbo
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,991
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

Lotus Esprit Turbo Limited Edition No. 25 of 40, 1989. Just 46k miles and one family owner for 25 years since 1991. Three keepers in total. Stunning original condition in its correct Pearlescent White paintwork with the beautiful blue leather and suede interior. All 40 were painted in this colour scheme apart from one that we owned which was special order Calypso Red. This is such an exceptional example that it has to be seen in the flesh to appreciate its presence. It is so correct, down to the original tools and unused spare wheel. Has old MOT certificates going back 25 years to show the low progression of mileage. The car drives superbly with a smooth gear-change and precise steering and braking. This example had a full C Service in April 2016 with all belts changed and new cam-belt tensioner and other associated items. Comes with original Owner's Handbook with service stamps from the supplying Lotus Main Agents, Frosts of Shoreham in the South of England. A rare opportunity of acquiring astunning example of this rare limited run of 40 Esprits. Fully MOT'd.

CALL 01227 388 764
  • RefCode: TA1087928
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: EUROPA
  • Derivative: TWIN CAM SPEICAL
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,972
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: Black
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic
  • Currency: GBP

Big Valve Twin Cam, 5 Speed Gearbox, Alloys, Spyder Chassis, History, Historic Tax and MOt'd. Immaculate Condition

CALL 07761549454
  • RefCode: TA1076968
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ELAN
  • Derivative: S4
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,968
  • Mileage (Miles): 88,000
  • Mileage (KM): 141,622
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual
  • Currency: GBP

Yellow with black interior. Currently undergoing restoration by ourselves, this Lotus Elan S4 FHC was first registered in June of 1968 and has had only four owners since. Having undergone a total bare body restoration at a cost of over £16,000 this Elan drives superbly and is ready for this years anniversary of 50 years of the Elan.

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  • RefCode: TA1077467
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ESPRIT
  • Derivative: TURBO V8
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,996
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

Lotus Esprit Turbo V8, 1996. Stunning example in Lotus Racing Green with full cream leather, air-conditioning and removable 'targa' roof. 56k miles with the cam-belts changed just 12 months ago. Full engine rebuild with new crankshaft, new twin turbos, new camshafts and new clutch in April 2017. New tyres, new Brembo brakes and new headlamps and new front shock absorbers and springs and rear shock absorbers and springs at the same time just a few weeks ago. New exhaust system fitted February 2017. Other work includes new alternator, new A/C compressor, new battery and fuel tanks. Superb example in beautiful condition throughout. Alpine stereo system. Leather-bound Owner's Handbook and spare keys. A very desirable example in outstanding condition cosmetically and mechanically.

CALL 01227 388 764
  • RefCode: TA1081294
  • Make: LOTUS
  • Model: ESPRIT
  • Derivative: TURBO
  • Category: Coupe
  • Year: 1,986
  • Mileage (Miles): 0
  • Mileage (KM): 0
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: N/A
  • Currency: GBP

Lotus Esprit Turbo, 1986. Stunning example in Calypso Red with low ownership. Last owner for 24 years and three keepers beforehand. 57k miles from new with a thick history file, including the first MOT certificate in 1989 and many subsequent ones confirming the slow progression of the mileage. Factory fitted air-conditioning and 'targa' full with removable sunroof. We have rebuilt the carbs, sorted the exhaust manifold and replaced all of the belts during the C Service along with many other detailed work. Fabulous cream leather interior with rare factory trimmed steering wheel in the same colour. Comes with a full MOT. Fabulous looking example.

CALL 01227 388 764
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