1972 Lotus Elan

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1972
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    7110260379E
  • Engine number 
    N25297
  • Lot number 
    268
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Pistachio over Cirrus White
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

Home market, right-hand drive Elan Sprint Coupe, indicating just 52,710 miles (atoc)Beautifully presented in the desirable Sprint livery of Pistachio over Cirrus WhiteReplacement chassis in 1997 then subject to an extensive restoration between 2001 - 2003Offered with a large history folder documenting the life of this remarkable exampleA fabulous little Lotus. Elan by name and Elan by natureYou can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location of Stoneleigh Park (CV8 2LG) Monday to Friday, from Thursday 29th October until Thursday 12th November (inclusive). Please contact Joe Watts on 07779 082707/ [email protected] secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health & safety of both our customers and team remainthe utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.The desirable Sprint' model was introduced in 1971 and was the ultimate incarnation of Lotus' revolutionary little Elan. It justified its name thanks to a substantial increase in power to 126bhp resulting from the adoption of a big-valve head with high-lift cams, a raised compression ratio and (initially) Weber 40 DCOE 31s. The drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced and the front callipers were redesigned to cope with the increased performance.This home-market Sprint Coupwas first registered in the height of summer 1972 and is particularly striking in the attractive period 'Sprint' livery of Pistachio Green over Cirrus White. 48 years later this example presents superbly and could almost be described as beingin showroom condition. We are advised that itwas fitted with a new chassis in circa 1997 and that between 2001-2003 the car was subject to extensive restoration. The latter involved a complete strip-down and re-spray, an engine rebuild (believed to have been completed by marque specialist 'Nick Stagg Engineering'), conversion to unleaded compatibility, an overhaul of the steering, suspension and brakes, a new interior, and the fitting of a host of other new parts.A fascinating history file accompanies the little coupand includes a record of all journeys from 1979 at 23,377 miles through to December 1985 at 47,133 miles, showing just how cherished this car has been. In the years that followed, it appears that the car was only lightly used after being restored, as by 2007 the mileage indicated was still just 48,000 (approximately) and to date is only 52,525. There is an invoice for a recent service at 52,498 miles, MOT Certificates from 2006 to 2018, plus numerous invoices for work/maintenance/parts (from 2002 up to 2018, totalling almost 15,000) from specialists Christopher Neil Lotus, Paul Matty Sports Cars, and QED Motorsport Ltd. Furthermore, there are specific invoices from 2008 that indicate further restoration, plus 3,131 spent with Paul Matty in 2012 for various maintenance items.There is no doubt that NHN 620Khas received more than its share of care and attention and continues to look sharp and fresh. We understand that it's as agile and eager as a 'Sprint' should be and imagine that Mr Chapman, whose signature is etched into the steering wheel, would be proud that his inspired creation is as desirable now as the day it rolled out of Hethel all those years ago.1972 Lotus Elan Sprinthttps://youtu.be/QiP4sZMW4rsfalse