Lotus launched a legend in 1962, the new Lotus Elan. Following on from the Elite model the new car offered improved handling, better performance and had a less fragile feel to its overall design. Below the bonnet sat a twin-cam four cylinder engine which would become a legend in its own right, powering other classic Lotus models including of course the Cortina sports-saloons. Initially the Elan came as an open two-seater, then from 1964 a fixed head coupe was also available, both bodies being constructed from GRP and mounted on a separate chassis. In 1967 a new 2+2 joined the range which offered more comfort in a classic GT format. Both models continued to sell well throughout the late 1960's with various model changes including a desirable Sprint model and a 2+2 along with more powerful engines.
This stunning Lotus Elan Sprint was first registered in 1972 and has had four previous owners since new. The car has been fully rebuilt over the last three years by a long-term Lotus collector with over 40 years Lotus experience. It features a replacement Lotus galvanised chassis, which has been further protected with semi-gloss 2 pack paint. There are pictures in the history file of the car removed from the body and they also show the car prior to the restoration. All suspension components have been refurbished and refinished with Tony Thompson adjustable shock absorbers and Mick Miller CV joint driveshafts. The engine has also been rebuilt and balanced and is on the button.
The vendor states that fanatical attention was paid to the bodywork and paintwork, which is in superb order and finished in the original colour combination of blue with white and gold decals. The interior is finished to a very high standard and the engine bay presents beautifully. There is a large history file supplied with this car, which details many previous MoT certificates and invoices for work carried out over the years. Evidently, this example has been thoroughly cared for and comes from a large private collection. A fresh MoT has just been carried out and this car is ready to be used and enjoyed by its next owner.