<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896

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Lot 138
1966 Lotus Elan Roadster

Sold for US$ 26,880 inc. premium
1966 Lotus Elan Roadster
Chassis no. 45/5896

1,558cc DOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Twin-choke Weber Carburetors
125hp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Beautifully restored example of the classic and desirable Elan Roadster
*Upgraded to Sprint engine specifications
*Complete with soft top and side windows
*Iconic Lotus with excellent performance and roadholding


THE LOTUS ELAN

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.

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.

The Elan would prove an immense commercial success for Lotus, slightly fewer than 9,000 being produced by the time production ceased in 1973.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This fine example of the classic Lotus Elan Roadster has spent most of its life in the mild Florida and Arizona climates. A comprehensive restoration has been performed, attending to both the mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the light and agile sports car. The paint and bodywork have been renewed, and the drivetrain refurbished with the engine upgraded to 'Sprint' specifications. Riding on appropriate Panasport alloy wheels, the Elan looks just right. This sporting Lotus is an enthusiast's car - or driver's car - ready and willing to deliver its unique performance for rally, tour, club event or just simply as a delightful road car.
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<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
<b>1966 Lotus Elan Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. 45/5896
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