1970 Lotus Elan +2
This Lotus Elan +2s was originally purchased by Mr Simon Baker from Citadel Motors, Carlisle, on 12th March 1970. The car was maintained meticulously and with fastidious attention to detail over his ownership as it was his primary vehicle. The car had major works to renovate it, strip the chassis, change the carburettors to better Dellorto ones and convert the engine to a Big Valve configuration in 1987 at Christopher Neil. In 1990, the engine was upgraded further by Alpha Engineering Competition Engine Preparation to a “Sprint Blue Print” road sprint engine spec, with gas-ported, upgraded head, camshaft and all ancillaries.
In 2002, the car was sold to Mr Edward Holt and he continued to maintain and care for the car over his ownership until 2006, when it was purchased by the current owner.
In this time, the head was reconditioned by Baldyne Engineering of Biggin Hill, with new valve guides fitted in 2009.
The car was laid up until 2017, when it was recommissioned and restored by the Car SOS TV programme garage, owned by Fuzz Townshend. The aim of the restoration was to refresh and upgrade, where necessary, but with the overriding purpose of keeping the car as original as possible. This included replacing the electronic ignition with a better unit, replacing the rotoflex drive with solid drive as the rotoflex units were not durable, new original spec dashboard, carbs, brakes, wheels and gel coat reconditioned, all rubber seals replaced and many other minor improvements.
The Elan was used as a feature car (cut to and away shots) and workshop car, where the car, including going through the process of some of the above works can be seen in nearly every episode of Car SOS season 6. Pictures and details of this and all historical works are included in the complete history file that comes with the car.
The car was recently fitted with lightweight seats mounted on the Lotus runners. The original seats are available with the car if required.
Over the last 2 years, the Elan has been under the care of Maidstone Sports Cars and has continued to be kept expertly well maintained.
The Lotus has covered only 121500 miles in it’s 49 years and very few of these miles over the last 14 years. It remains on the original gel coat and chassis and is an original survivor car that retains the main integral parts from when it was built. It has more engine power than when it left the factory due to constant maintenance and suitable, well documented engine improvements. It is responsive, fast and handles impeccably.