"Introduced in 1962, the Elan featured a simple but effective steel backbone frame and all-independent wishbone suspension which used a modified Chapman Strut, as developed in Lotus Grand Prix cars, at the rear. Rack and pinion steering was sourced from the Triumph Vitesse and there were Girling disc brakes all round. The Elan's engine was a highly modified 1498cc (later 1558cc) Ford Cortina unit incorporating Lotus's own twin camshaft cylinder head and both the gearbox and differential came, likewise, from Ford. Introduced in November 1964, the S2 featured numerous detail styling changes and improved brakes. As one would expect given its background and specification, the Elan proved to be a highly capable circuit racer and, capitalising on the numerous successes achieved by privately entered cars, Lotus introduced their own version, the '26R', in 1964.
This S3 was not registered until 1980 when it had a Lotus factory approved Christopher Neil monocoque body fitted. From previous sale record research, the car may well have been used in competition possibly by the factory prior to that date, the body tub and the rear wings having been modified to accommodate a wider rear track indicating racing specification. Over the years, the car was the subject of considerable restoration including an engine renewal, new front discs as well as many mechanical ancillaries making the car an excellent road going example of this much sought-after marque. The car is in very good mechanical condition all round. Finished in British Racing Green with gold bumpers and black interior, the car is supplied with a Swansea V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase what is surely a fast appreciating asset that would put a smile on anyone's face, as all Lotus's should."