1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD
Lot 609
1964 Lotus Elan S2 Coupé Compétition Chassis no. 26/3957
Sold for €41,400 (US$ 52,176) inc. premium

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1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD 1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD 1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD 1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD 1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD 1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD 1964 Lotus Elan S2 DHC LHD
1964 Lotus Elan S2 Coupé Compétition
Chassis no. 26/3957
Introduite en 1962, l'Elan était dotée d'un châssis à poutre centrale simple, mais très rigide, et de suspensions indépendantes par triangles superposés comprenant des combinés Chapman modifiés – comme ceux mis au point sur les Lotus de Grand Prix – à l'arrière. La direction à crémaillère provenait de la Triumph Vitesse et les quatre freins Girling étaient à disque. Le moteur de l'Elan était un groupe Ford Cortina de 1,498 (puis 1,558) cm3 doté de la culasse double arbre Lotus et la boîte de vitesses comme le différentiel étaient d'origine Ford.

Introduite en novembre 1964, la S2 présentait de nombreuses modifications de détails de style et des freins plus efficaces. Comme on pouvait l'espérer étant donné ses origines et ses spécifications, l'Elan révéla des qualités de machine de course et profitant des nombreuses victoires obtenues par des voitures privées, Lotus introduisit sa propre version compétition – la 26 R – en 1964.

Ce cabriolet Elan S2 modifié pour la compétition - exemplaire à conduite à gauche –restauré en 2008 a été très bien entretenu. Préparée par le bien connu atelier Lotus de Marco Montanari à Reggio Emilia (Italie), l'Elan a remporté le Championnat d'Italie Historique en 2010 après une victoire de catégorie en 2009. La voiture présentée prête à courir avec un moteur délivrant environ 183 ch est accompagnée de ses documents FIA HTP.

1964 Lotus Elan S2 Competition Coupé
Chassis no. 26/3957

Introduced in 1962, the Elan featured a simple but effective steel backbone frame and all-independent wishbone suspension, which used a modified Chapman Strut - as developed in Lotus Grand Prix cars - at the rear. Rack-and-pinion steering was sourced from the Triumph Vitesse, and there were Girling disc brakes all round. The Elan's engine was a highly modified 1,498cc (later 1,558cc) Ford Cortina unit incorporating Lotus's own twin-camshaft cylinder head, and both the gearbox and differential came likewise from Ford.

Introduced in November 1964, the S2 featured numerous detail styling changes and improved brakes. As one would expect, given its background and specification, the Elan proved to be a highly capable circuit racer, and capitalising on the numerous successes achieved by privately entered cars Lotus introduced their own version - the '26R' - in 1964.

A left-hand drive model, this competition-modified Elan S2 drophead coupé was restored in 2008 and has always been well maintained. Prepared by the well-known Lotus workshop of Marco Montanari in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the Elan won the Italian Historic Championship in 2010 following a class win in 2009. The car is described as ready to race, its engine producing some 183bhp, and comes with current FIA HTP documents.
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