Displacement: 1,558 cc
Horsepower: 105 bhp @ 5,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 108 ft lb @ 4,000 rpm
Top Speed: 112 mph
0 - 60 mph: 7.4 seconds
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The purest sports car of all time? Perhaps. The inspiration behind the Mazda Miata MX5, the best selling two seater in history? Unquestionably. The vehicle of choice for the uber-stylish Emma Peel in the Avengers. Certainement! However you care to label it, there is no doubt that the Elan is a phenomenal car. The very embodiment of Lotus founder Colin Chapman's design philosophy, it is incredibly lightweight, powerful and possessed of unparalleled handling. Evolved from the Elite (Chapman's first real offering) and developed by Ron Hickman (beloved by DIYers the world over as the inventor of the WorkMate portable workbench), it featured the now familiar steel backbone in place of the all fibreglass chassis used in the Elite. The engine was a simple (and cheap) Ford UK production four-cylinder block, fitted with a twin-cam head, designed by Harry Mundy. Independent suspension and disc brakes at all four corners rounded out the package. Tipping the scales at under 1,500 lbs., it was a miracle of engineering.
Offered here, is a stunningly original, long-term California car with full weather equipment. Never wrecked or rusted and with just 68,000 miles, it runs and drives just as Mr. Chapman intended! Also, being a very early Series 2 car, despite having the full width dashboard, it still has the more desirable separate taillights of the Series 1. Something of a Series 1 1/2, if you will!
These early cars, with their individual taillights, are the most sought after versions of the Elan (which would ultimately go through four series) and with just 1,250 S2 built, it is virtually impossible to find an unmolested, dry-climate example any more. This therefore, is a rare chance indeed.