1965 LOTUS ELAN S2 COUPE
Registration No. FWD 501C
Chassis No. 2645000
Engine No. T.B.A
Green with black interior.
Engine: in line four, double overhead camshaft, 1558cc, 100 bhp at 5500 rpm; Gearbox: manual four-speed with synchromesh; Suspension: independent front by coil springs and wishbones, rear by Chapman curt, coil spring and lower wishbones; brakes: four wheel hydraulically operated disc.
The 1960s were the brilliant Indian summer of British sport-car manufacturing, when its factories offered a fascinating choice of high performance open two seaters and coupes, all different in character from each other, each destined to become a value classic. Outstanding amongst them was Colin Chapman's Lotus Elan, introduced in 1962, a sophisticated little jewel. At the heart of the car was a still welded steel backbone chassis supporting supple fully independent suspension incorporating the ingenious Chapman strut layout at the rear. Cradled between two front arms of the chassis, its power plant was basically a Ford cylinder block with Lotus's own aluminum twin overhead camshaft cylinder head. It may well be the only four-cylinder engine fitted with three camshafts, the original lateral one was part of the Ford design being retained for the distributor. Swept volume was initially 1498cc, later 1558cc. At the kerbside the Elan weighed a mere 1526lb, very low for a fully trimmed and equipped roading going two seater. Moulded glass-fibre bodywork was a Lotus in-house effort of perfect proportions and utter simplicity. The Elan was quite a performer: the 118mph maximum of early variants might have been expected of such a slippery wind-cheating shape, but acceleration was dashing indeed for a comfortable road car with less than 1600cc on tap; aided by well chosen close gearbox ratios, the century could be reached in 26.8 seconds. In all respects the Elan rewarded the capable driver, steering was light, direct, handling was poised on the long-travel, correctly damped suspension, braking was powerful and progressive. Instantly outdating most of its competition, it became Lotus's best seller yet by a wide margin.
Presented in good overall condition suffering from some minor chips to the external paintwork. The interior is finished in the orginal black material in good condition.