<B>1965 LOTUS ELAN S2 WITH FACTORY HARD TOP<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. 26/4530<BR />Engine no. LP3132

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Lot 168¤
Subject of a comprehensive long term restoration
1965 LOTUS ELAN S2 WITH FACTORY HARD TOP

Sold for US$ 60,500 inc. premium
1965 LOTUS ELAN S2 WITH FACTORY HARD TOP

Chassis no. 26/4530
Engine no. LP3132

1,558cc DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Weber Carburetors, 105hp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

* Subject of a comprehensive long term restoration
* Offered with Lotus Classic Certificate of Provenance
* Limited ownership from new
* Complete with hard and soft tops
* Iconic Lotus livery and guise



THE LOTUS ELAN S2

Introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1962 the Elan Roadster followed the Chapman principle of lightweight aerodynamic coachwork coupled with the suspension, brakes and transmission of a race car and a remarkable new Lotus-Ford twin cam engine to provide the power. To put this into perspective this was a time when disc brakes were still two years off for a Porsche, and Ferraris were fitted with a live rear axle. The attention by buyers and motoring press was immediate and Chapman quickly realized that a new factory was required to meet the demand and full production did not start until May 1963. Further updates and improvements were introduced in November 1964, designated the Series 2 which featured numerous detail styling changes; championship badges were fitted to the lower part of the front fenders; an 'S2' chrome script on the trunk lid; a chrome flip top fuel cap replaced the former screw on one. The interior now featured a full width veneer dash with a lockable glove box, chrome window lifts and levers, and chrome surrounds for the instruments, the pedal cluster was also revised. As production ran on, further improvements were made from chassis 4109 with a revised brake and master cylinders, new front brake calipers with larger pistons and revised rear brake discs, as well as differential and inboard/outboard drive shafts. A mere 18 cars later in the series it received new rear light clusters also.

With 105bhp on tap, light in weight and endowed with exceptional roadholding and handling, the Elan would prove an immense commercial success for Lotus, slightly fewer than 9,000 being produced by the time production ceased in 1973, of which only 1250 were S2 models.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As denoted on this car's chassis plate, 26/4530 was an original North American Market/U.S. delivered car. It migrated to Canada in 1980, by which time it still wore its original brown paint scheme albeit in need of some attention as it entered its 3rd decade of existence. At this juncture, a comprehensive restoration was begun, and as the car was disassembled its owner worked with the most incredible attention to detail and design, taking copies notes and design drawings, and researching each aspect while maintaining receipts for many parts acquired. As time marched on it would actually be some 20 years before the beautifully restored rolling chassis and superbly painted body in Lotus yellow were re-united. But ultimately, owing to its owner's death, the car was not completed. 3 years ago the Elan and all the spares and parts passed into the hands of a close friend and near neighbor Tom Munro, a master engineer and top restoration specialist based in Victoria, Vancouver Island, who finished the project in 2015.

Close inspection of the car shows very fine attention to detail in both the fit and finish, the Lotus Yellow paint is immaculate with no evidence of the common GRP body issues. Equally, the underside is very clean and the suspension and brake components well detailed. The chrome has been expertly replated, the interior refurbished properly and to a very high standard and it comes the appealing accessory of an original factory hardtop, as well soft top and tonneau cover. As well as its cosmetics, the mechanical aspects are reported to have been rebuilt and a new stainless steel exhaust fitted. It could best be summarised as a true 'nut and bolt restoration'. Further, the factory hard top is rather more than a pretty weather accessory as when fitted it improves the aerodynamic punch through the air, gives faster acceleration and better fuel economy.

Chapman's Elan is recognized universally as one of the truly great sports cars of all time and perhaps the concluding remarks of the road test report in the February 1964 issue of 'Car and Driver' say it best "The Elan very simply represents the sports car developed in tune with the state of the art. It comes closer than anything else on the market to providing a formula car for ordinary street use. And it fits like a Sprite, goes like a Corvette and handles like a formula junior.

This superb Elan is an enthusiast's car, a drivers car, ready and willing deliver its unique
performance for rally, tour, club event or just simply as a delightful road car.
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