1965 Lotus Elan

S2 26R specification. FIA Historic racecar

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • FIA Papers 
    Yes
  • Reference number 
    ALBI433
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Viking Blue
  • Metallic 
    Yes
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    1
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    175 BHP / 178 PS / 131 kW
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

The Lotus Elan is one of those classic race cars that rewards smart driving. Using finesse to carry as much speed through corners as possible is how it beats cars like the Shelby Cobra and Jaguar E-Type in historic racing events today. That's how the 26R, the racing variant of the little Elan, earned the nickname "Mongoose" : because it was known for eating Cobra's for breakfast.... Like all Lotuses, the 26R values low weight over power. In this 26R specification, the Elan has 160+ bhp for an homologated weight of only 580 kg. A very promising power to weight ratio.

This example is a very early Series 2, and for that reason eligible for every pre-1965 event. It has been raced in Denmark for some years, after a very extensive and expensive rebuild 6 years ago by renowned Danish specialist TP Motorsport. In the beginning of 2021, the engine is completely overhauled and has done one race weekend since, so there are plenty of racing hours to go. The Lotus is constructed with all the best parts available, and has just been dynoed at 175 bhp. It comes with a FIA HTP Appendix K (Competition GT Car - Period F 1962-1965 - Category GTS-10) which is valid until 31/12/2026.

This spectacular Lotus Elan is a very competitive device in national and international historic racing, and is eligible for all Peter Auto events, Masters , Spa 6 Hours, ... Ready for competition, built with the very best parts and in fantastic condition. This little gem could be your new racing car for the 2022 racing season at a price below the cost to build one to this specification.