1967 Lotus Elan S3 Drophead Coupé
Registration no. NUB 65V
Chassis no. TW 14154
Engine no. LP 7879 LA/A
With the introduction of the improved S3 model in September 1965, the Elan became available as a fixed-head coupé for the first time, having previously been sold only in drophead form with optional separate hardtop. Other civilising improvements included electric windows, re-designed dashboard and better trim. Powerful, light in weight and endowed with exceptional roadholding and handling, the Elan proved an immense commercial success for Lotus, slightly fewer than 9,000 being produced by the time production ceased in 1973.
This S3 was not first registered until 1980 and may have been used in competitions prior to that date - the vendor believes that the body tub has been modified to accommodate a wider rear track. Restored in stages over a period of 14 years, the vehicle has enjoyed just two previous registered owners, the first of whom replaced the original engine, while the second fitted new front discs and pads, track rod ends, suspension bushes, top ball joints, drive-shaft donuts, timing chain, hood and stainless-steel exhaust, invoices for which (totalling approximately £1,850) are available. Finished in green/gold with black interior, the car is offered with sundry invoices, MoT to September 2006 and Swansea V5.