The Spring Sale 2012

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1969 Lotus Elan S4 SE Fixedhead Coupe

Lot No.: 155

Registration: YYE 176H
Chassis Number: 36/9735
Engine Number: L21485
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1558cc
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Estimate (£): 22,000 - 26,000
Sold for (£): Unsold

The Lotus Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster and in 1965 as a Coupé version. Weighing just 680kgs and powered by the technologically advanced Lotus Twincam powerplant giving 126bhp, it was a very quick 60's sports car from the off. Combined with disc brakes all round and independent suspension, it handled well too, giving Colin Chapman his first real volume sales success with over 17,000 units produced by the end of production in 1975.

This fastidiously and sympathetically restored S4 SE Fixedhead Coupé is in original righthand drive configuration and looks fantastic in Old English White with fresh black interior. The entire car has been restored, with no expense spared, from the ground up by Belgian marque specialists. The bare-shell respray has been executed expertly, as has the cabin restoration, including a professional re-trim and the replacement of the wood in the instrument panel, an area which tires rapidly from sun bleaching and lack of treatment.

Today, the car is presented in better than new condition and is reported to run and drive seriously well thanks to the potent 1558cc DOHC engine with Twin Weber 40 DCOE carburettors mated to the 4-speed manual transmission driving the rear wheels. Subtle and respectful upgrades such as the upgraded alloy fuel tank and electric cut off switch to help save battery life when in storage, serve to make this car a joy to own and use as a 'Sunday Driver'.

We have seen fervent bidding for similar cars in the past, though to date we've not offered an Elan as expertly restored as this. We expect to see several hands going up for this car when offered on May 16th...