Lot 635-1971 Lotus Elan +2


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1970 Lotus Elan +2- The Lotus Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. It was widely admired and praised by customers and reviewers, noted for its exceptional road handling, steering, acceleration, braking and comfort.

This rare twin cam example with nice interior, older paint, and has had recent service completed. Drive it as is today or better it over time. Should use some servicing before any long journies as it has been in storage for many years. From a long term owner. Famous for its role with Diana Rigg and Emma Peel in the Avengers.

Because of its successful design and rigorous attention to cost control on the body, chassis, engine and transmission, the Elan become Lotus’ first commercial success and contributed to the funding of its achievements in racing over the next ten years. It revived a company stretched thin by the more exotic, expensive to build, and rather unreliable Lotus Elite, which used a fiberglass monocoque body/chassis and all aluminum Coventry Climax engine.

An Elan +2 was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and wider track, and two small rear seats, suitable for children. While the Elan was a two-seater sports car marketed to the single man/woman or young couple, the +2 was larger and considerably more luxurious vehicle marketed to the established family with children. Reviews reflected this new marketplace for Lotus. Motor Sport magazine reported the design goal as: it was decided to increase the interior dimensions considerably to meet the car’s maxim that it “must be capable of transporting two adults and two children 1,000 miles in comfort with their luggage”.

While the Elan ceased production in 1973 the Elan +2 continued to be produced until 1975, eventually being replaced by the Elite II and Lotus Eclat.

Aside from the increase in size necessary to accommodate two additional seats, the design of the Elan +2 was extremely similar to the two-seater Elan. The concept of a backbone chassis with fiberglass body, powered by a Ford UK-derived drive train was maintained. Double wishbone and Chapman Strut front/rear suspension of identical design was also used, with some components (e.g. rear hubs) shared with the two seat Elan and others (e.g. wishbones) increased in size. Power assisted brakes were standard, dual circuit in some markets.

In 1968 a more luxurious version of the Elan +2 was released, named the +2S.

As with the two seat Elan, the exact number of +2s produced is unknown. The estimated total is approximately 5,200. However, John Bolster’s “The Lotus Elan and Europa: A Collector’s Guide” provides the number of 3,300. Fewer than 1,200 of these cars remain on the roads today

Located in Bremerton, WA.