Lotus Elan

1964-65 Elan for sale

PostPost by: wthode » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:20 pm

I bought the car four years ago and have put about 3,000 miles on it.
The car is registered as an S2, but it must have been an early S2, since some S1 features are present (taillights, etc.).
There are 52,500 miles showing on the odometer, which works well, although the speedometer does not. (I drive by the tachometer, anyway.)
The Twin Cam, Weber-head engine starts easy and runs well.
The car handles fine and gets lots of thumbs up and double takes wherever it is driven.
The seats, refinished in cloth, are a bit overstuffed so they are comfortable.
The transmission was rebuilt by the previous owner and shifts great.
New drive donuts were installed a few years ago by the previous owner, and are in good shape.
The clutch and brakes are good. Clutch master and slave cylinders were recently rebuilt.
The previous owner got rid of the vacuum-activated headlights and installed tiny struts to hold the lights up. This gets rid of the annoying headlight droop when going up a hill. It means you have to raise each headlight by hand.
The previous owner removed the springs that raised the hood when you pulled the two levers in the cockpit. Instead, he added a tiny plastic strip on the back edge of the hood that you pull while also pulling the two levers. (I know, three hands, right? But it seems to work.)
The convertible top is old but complete. It has a few patches but it keeps out the rain. The rear window is clear. I took the top off when I got the car and it hasn?t been on since.
Rear fenders have slight flares.
The paint looks good unless you get really close up. It has a few scratches and chips.
The front tires rub slightly against the fenders when the car is loaded and extreme turns over dips/gutters are made.
The original VIN plate is missing; a barely visible substitution provides the VIN (26-3958). According to factory records, the engine number (LP2258 LB?A) matches the VIN.

Since I bought the car, the following has been done to it:
1. It has a new alternator and a new battery.
2. It has a new set of 155-13 tires.
3. The motor mounts were replaced last year.
4. Because of oil leaks, I had the cam cover gaskets/seals and front crankshaft seal replaced. Some oil leaks remain; it is an old British car, after all. You?ll want an oil pan.
5. The fuel pump has been overhauled.
6. I had the radiator checked and a leak repaired.
7. The exhaust system was repaired (leaks) and remounted.
8. It has new spark plugs.
9. The wheel bearings were adjusted and repacked.
10. Because the steering seemed loose, I had the steering tie rods tightened.

I find that I am not driving it much. I?d owned two other Elans in the ?70s, and wanted to experience the car again, but at 77 years of age I?m happier in my 2014 Porsche Cayman. The car ought to go to someone who will enjoy it and drive it more than I do.
The car is located in Boise, Idaho.

Price: $25,000
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:18 pm

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:38 am

Just for interest, the S2 was introduced at 26/3901, making your car, 26/3958 a very early S2. As you say, it would have had a few of the S1 features carried over.

Your car left the factory in October 1964, and does indeed have it's original engine which is nice to have!
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PostPost by: AluminumStork » Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:26 pm

Pictures please...
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PostPost by: wthode » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:16 am

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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:27 pm

ahhh, the imfamous "green seats" have reappeared ! :lol:
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PostPost by: wthode » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:58 pm

The color wouldn?t have been my first choice, but I?ll bet they?re more comfortable than any Elan seats you?ve sat in.
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