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1973 Lotus Elan +2S 130/5

Lot No.: 942

Registration: NKC 699M
Chassis Number: 73021200L
Engine Number: P29222
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 2000
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Sold for (£): 18,500

The Lotus Elan was first introduced in 1962 as a roadster and then as a coupé version in 1965. The model was technically advanced with its twin-cam 1558cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 4-wheel independent suspension. It could reach 60mph in just 7.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 122mph. 'SE' variants featured an increased power output of 118bhp and an upgraded close-ratio gearbox. In October 1972, the +2 S 130/5 was launched, and as suggested by the name, this final derivative of the Elan was to have a five-speed gearbox and ‘big valve' engine with higher compression for the UK market. 

This right-hand drive ‘+2S’ was registered on 3rd August 1973 to its first owner in the UK. This particular car has been developed by respected Lotus specialist, 'Spyder Engineering' of Peterborough, who are known for their spaceframe replacement chassis, suspension mods, and driveline systems, to suit Lotus cars. This car is fitted with a Ford Zetec 2.0 litre, 16-valve engine mated to a five-speed transmission with Ford LSD 3.64 ratio final drive. A double wishbone suspension setup is designed to accept Sierra 10” disc brakes, hubs and bearings. The colour combination of Cherry Red Metallic with Light Cappuccino leather piped in Black, certainly looks the part on this unique Elan +2S. This actual car was used by Spyder Engineering on the front cover of their sales brochure, a copy of which is included in the file. Numerous sundry invoices and MOT Certificates are also included with the car. Having had little use in the past few years, and although it presents well, we would recommend that this car may need a little light recommissioning.

Supplied with a UK V5c, and a fresh MOT, this car is a unique take on a classic Lotus, enabling the user to enjoy the traditionally superb handling of an Elan, with the performance and reliability associated with a modern Ford engine.