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** This car will be sold at our auction in September ** Handles like nothing else can...the Lotus Elan.Colin Chapman said; ‘In producing the latest Lotus Drophead and Fixed-head Coupé models, my design team set out to combine the outstandingly successful chassis, suspension and handling of the Elan with finely styled bodywork which would add functional good looks to the traditional Lotus handling and safety. We specified the comfort and silence of a luxury saloon. Finally, I demanded even higher standards of safety, quality and reliability than those that have made the Elan famous. All these objectives have been achieved in the new Lotus Elan S4 and I am proud to offer it for your consideration'. ‘To say that driving the Elan is immense fun is almost an understatement. It is a car which keeps young men young and makes old men younger' - "Motor magazine".The Lotus Elan features a very strong steel backbone chassis on which is mounted, like a saddle, a GRP body. It has 4-wheel disc brakes and independent suspension all round. Power is delivered from the famous Lotus 1558cc Twin Cam engine through a Ford 4-speed gearbox to the rear wheels. This results in a compliant ride and very nimble handling characteristics. The Elan has enjoyed significant success in motor sport since the days it was launched and is often seen in large numbers at historic racing events. Production volume of the Elan S4 was about 3000 cars in total, with a small percentage of which was the SE version. The ‘Special Equipment' version differs by having servo assisted brakes, an SE engine developing 118 bhp instead of 105 bhp, safety belts, a leather covered steering wheel, knock-on wheels with chrome embellishers, carpeted boot interior and Special Equipment badges. This 1970 S4 is a factory built SE, drophead convertible. Having had just 5 owners from new, the car presents superbly, having undergone a full restoration between 2008 - 2010 by well-regarded Lotus specialists ‘UK Sportscars' in Kent. A new 'Spyder Engineering' spaceframe chassis was fitted, and the body was taken back to a bare shell and re-finished in the current Sprint colours of red, white and gold. At the same time, the engine was fully rebuilt using QED supplied components, and the car benefitted from new carpets, hood and tonneau cover, amongst many other new parts. That was under 3,000 miles ago, and the car has only been used for high days and holidays since. The current enthusiast owner has substantially improved this super Elan since purchasing it some 3 years ago, sending it to Spyder Engineering near Peterborough, to go through and improve as required. In the last 500 miles, a large number of new and uprated parts have been fitted. The extensive list is as follows: Electronic ignition, alternator, hi-torque starter, electric fuel pump, stainless exhaust manifold, electric fan, Spyder high capacity alloy radiator, alloy fuel tank, heavy duty battery, immobiliser, battery charging point, Spyder driveshafts, Spyder adjustable rear wishbone arms, refurbished wheels, handbrake cable and pads, choke cable, tyres, fuel pipes, carb rebuild, anti-roll bar, engine mounts, inertia seat belts, boot board and carpet, clutch cylinder and hose, track rod ends, refinished cam cover with stainless nuts, repainted bumpers and, electric window motors rebuilt. The result is a fantastically sorted car that handles just as it should. Elans are possibly one of the most rewarding and affordable classics you can buy. Small, nimble and eye-wateringly fast along with plenty of room for even the tallest of drivers, this is a car sure to put a smile on your face and one to use and enjoy for many years to come.
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