1968 Lotus Elan S4 SE
We are proud to offer for sale this wonderful example of the S4 Elan drop head coupe. Presented in the iconic Gold Leaf team Lotus colours with contrasting black leatherette interior. This particular car was manufactured in 1968 and has come directly from long term ownership by a Lotus enthusiast and Club Lotus member, who has cherished the car for 15 years. The previous owner had enjoyed the car for 19 years! During this time the DOHC 1557cc engine was rebuilt and the original chassis was replaced with a revised poly coated version. Currently showing 19,481 miles, although unwarranted, the car has been MOT’d every year and serviced regularly, the most recent in June 2020. The car was originally black and was professionally repainted in 2005, photos of this process are on file. The car performs just as it should, starting with ease and still feeling sharp and nimble on the road, with the fantastic classic Elan soundtrack as present as ever. Also benefitting from Mick Miller solid drive shafts, new rear bearings, new brake master cylinder, stainless steel exhaust, stainless steel fuel tank and matching Good Year tyres all round. Previously serviced and set up by Mike Bentley (Ex Lotus engineer). Headlights working as they should with no problems, Lotus workshop manual also present along with a large folder of cuttings, invoices and information including a Club Lotus valuation from 2018 for £32,000.
Only about 3000 Elan S4 cars were produced in total, with a small percentage being the SE version. The ‘Special Equipment’ version differs by having servo assisted brakes, an SE engine developing 118 bhp instead of 105 bhp, safety belts, a leather covered steering wheel, knock-on wheels with chrome embellishers, carpeted boot interior and Special Equipment badges. The Lotus Elan embodied the Colin Chapman minimum weight design philosophy. Technologically advanced at the time, with a DOHC 1557 cc engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and 4-wheel independent suspension. Overall this is a lovely and very usable example of an iconic classic.