1973 Lotus Elan +2 S130/5 two-plus-two Coupé
Chassis no. 73LOT UL00130250
It has been said of Colin Chapman that while he always claimed that he designed cars he wanted to drive, as he matured so those designs kept pace. The Lotus Elan +2 certainly offers the early middle-aged family man Lotus handling and performance allied to accommodation for two adults plus two small children, or a third adult in the rear. When first introduced in 1967, the Lotus Elan +2 cost £1,672 in component form (still offered then) or £1,923 fully built, including UK purchase tax. The Lotus +2 remained in production until December 1969 while from that October a new +2S was marketed as a more luxurious variant with improved interior trim, fog lamps and an alternator amongst other former extras. For the first time here was a Lotus that was offered only in fully-built form, and not as a kit.
The end result was a two-plus-two of considerable charm and style that was