Autosport International Sale 2019

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1968 FIA Lotus Elan S4

Lot No.: 349

Registration: LMJ 20G
Chassis Number: 3618961
Engine Number: Not Specified
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1598
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Estimate (£): 28,000 - 32,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
  • A race-prepared and road legal Elan S4 with FIA HTP papers valid until 2025
  • Lotus twin-cam 1598cc, all-steel 701M block, rebuilt in June '17 with new steel rods etc
  • Safety Devices roll-cage, new plumbed in extinguisher, and Tillet FIA seat
  • Eligible for a variety of championships and a proven class winner

This is a race-prepared and road legal Elan S4 with an FIA Historic Technical Passport valid until 2025 and is finished in the famous Team Lotus Colours. Our vendor informs us that this great little car is eligible for the 'Lotus Class' in the Swinging Sixties Championship (on Yoko tyres) run by the Classic Sports Car Club series, and is also eligible for the 'K Class' if Dunlops are your preferred option. The HSCC Historic Road Sports Championship (Yokohamas) will also welcome the Elan as will the Guards Trophy (Dunlops) offering the potential to enter a variety of quality events. As the car is fully road-legal, there is always the option of driving to the circuit and back, a significant saving on transport costs.

The Elan is naturally powered by the legendary 1598cc Lotus Twin Cam with an all steel 701M block. The engine was fully rebuilt in June 2017 and the work included new steel Fardon Crank and Rods, Omega Pistons, rebuilt head with new valves, springs and 450 high lift cams, a metal head-gasket, steel flywheel, and a new clutch and pressure plate. It's fitted with twin Weber 40DCOE 152s with 40mm trumpets and a high-performance starter motor and alternator. The gearbox is a Ford 2000E unit that was rebuilt by much-respected Elan specialist, Tony Thompson, in December 2018.

A new plumbed-in Fire Extinguisher was fitted in April 2018 so has plenty of currency, as does the Tillett FIA Seat ( 2014), and the Safety Devices Roll Cage with driver's door bar added in April 2018. The seat belts, however, whilst currently in date will need replacing during 2019. The specification also includes a Quaife Diff that was fitted in 2008, a TTR Silencer, rear carpets and electric windows  (HSCC regs), TTR Front shocks (new 2016) with new solid mount steering rack fittings by Pat Thomas Lotus. In April and May 2017 further new parts were fitted including TTR rear wishbones (1.5-degree toe-in), new front discs, new front wheel bearings, new front trunnions, rebuilt front callipers, new rear pads, one rear wheel bearing and the front springs are 8" 300lb while the rears are 9" 225lb. Included in the sale are two sets of wheels; 4 x 5 1/2 Lotus Alloys with Yokos + 5 x 5 1/2 TTR Minilites with Dunlops.

There is an old adage that says that "Motor Racing is not expensive, it's Winning that's expensive" and whilst that's true, winning cars are often the cheapest to run. It's the years of changing components, trying different set-ups, frequently going the wrong way, the occasional corner-removing spin chasing the right balance, and testing, testing, testing, that puts stress-fractures on your credit card. This little Elan is ready to go; open the notes, check the best tyre pressures and likely fuel consumption at Brands, quick spanner-check, torque-up the wheel nuts, jump in, and if you are a reasonably quick driver (and why would you go motor racing if you didn't believe that was the case), stick it on the front row. 

 'LMJ20G' has been a class winner in recent years and is ready for its next owner to enjoy the endless fun on offer here at a sensible guide price.