1968 Lotus Elan

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    36/7781
  • Engine number 
    36/7781
  • Lot number 
    357
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Wedgewood Blue
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior brand colour 
    Black
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Guide price: £20000 - £25000. ** REGRETFULLY WITHDRAWN**
- Subject to a recent complete restoration, including the mechanicals 
- Presented in a lovely shade of Wedgewood Blue 
- From a true Lotus marque enthusiast
- Amazingly packaged, extremely capable and surprisingly roomy sportscar - ready to be enjoyed
The Lotus Elan burst onto the scene in 1962 as the first road-going Lotus to use the now synonymous combination of a steel backbone chassis coupled to a separate fibreglass body.  Colin Chapman proudly announced in the launch literature that "We wanted to build you a fun car..."A technologically advanced DOHC development of Ford's proven 'Kent' engine, bored out to 1558cc provided the propulsion, whilst cutting-edge features such as all-round disc brakes, fully independent suspension, and rack and pinion steering provided agility and handling that was second-to-none.The Series 3 Fixed Head Coupé arrived in 1965 closely followed by the S3 soft top.  In line with Lotus's intention to move upmarket and justify an increase in prices, the quality of fit and finish had been improved over the earlier Elans and the Coupé sported a considerably smarter dashboard. The new S3 further benefited from revised windows with frames to reduce cabin noise and, of course, the windows were now electrically operated.This superb Series 3 presents beautifully in Wedgewood Blue and has clearly been very well maintained by its five former keepers.  Owned by our vendor since 2007, it has recently been subject to a complete restoration, including all mechanicals, and now drives as well as any Elan should.   Details of all this attention can be found in the extensive owner's file containing lots of invoices and vehicle history. Quite rightly, the Lotus Elan is today regarded as one of the finest British sports cars of all time and the S3 coupé is arguably the most beautiful of all the early Elans. 'On the button' and ready for the next chapter in its life, this little Lotus has many more years of enjoyment to offer.