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Lot 638
1966 Lotus Elan S2 Roadster
Registration no. CTM 939D Chassis no. 26/5126 Engine no. LP4697LBA

Sold for £ 5,635 (US$ 7,192) inc. premium
1966 Lotus Elan S2 Roadster
Registration no. CTM 939D
Chassis no. 26/5126
Engine no. LP4697LBA
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 sportscar. Suspension was all-independent with unequal-length wishbones at the front, while a wide-based lower wishbone and modified Chapman Strut -was employed 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 topped with Lotus' own twin-camshaft cylinder head, and both the gearbox and differential came also from Ford. Introduced in November 1964, the S2 featured numerous detail styling changes and improved brakes.
This three-owner example's engine was completely rebuilt to a high standard in December 2000 and converted to 'un-leaded' compatibility in the process. The car is reported as being in very good mechanical condition, with excellent engine, but with bodywork in need of restoration. It is offered with assorted invoices from Christopher Neil Ltd, of Northwich, Cheshire, for various parts including four wheels, brake calipers, etc, together with MoT to April 2003 and Swansea V5.
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