An Elite-type glassfibre monocoque having proved insufficiently rigid when applied to an open car, Lotus boss Colin Chapman came up with a simple but effective steel backbone frame for the company's new Elan sports car. The Elan's engine was a highly-modified 1,498cc (later 1,558cc) Ford Cortina unit topped with Lotus's own twin-camshaft cylinder head, and Ford also supplied the gearbox and differential. As development progressed the Elan became more civilised, the final Series 4 - introduced in March 1968 - benefiting from dashboard fresh-air vents and improved interior trim and fittings. The bodyshell was slightly thinner - and lighter - than the S3's and featured flared wheelarches accommodating wider wheels, side repeaters and larger Plus 2-style rear lights. Adequately 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. Even today there are few more rewarding driver's cars around.
This Elan S4 had enjoyed two owners before coming into the possession in 1978 of one David Hayward, from whom it was purchased in November 1996 by the lady vendor's late husband, a Lotus enthusiast who kept the car in good condition and had it serviced by a marque specialist. A United States resident, he was only able to enjoy the Elan, which was kept from the time of its acquisition in professional dehumidified storage at Tigastor, during occasional visits to the UK to undertake scientific research. 'JLG 6G' passed to the lady vendor in 2001 when her husband died and has continued in storage at Tigastor where it has been regularly maintained and MoT'd, though seeing hardly any use. In September 2009 the vendor's son visited the UK and wished to use the Lotus. In preparation for this the car was serviced and a new battery and new Rotaflex couplings fitted. On 23rd December 2009 the Elan was returned to Tigastor and its regular quarterly maintenance recommenced. Finished in red with black interior, the car is offered with the 2009 service receipts, Swansea V5C document and a quantity of MoTs (14 in total) showing the mileage increasing from 60,621 in October 1997 to 65,071 when the most recent was issued on 6th February 2013.
We are pleased to advise this vehicle is offered with a current MoT valid until February 2014