Lotus Elan

1967 S3 S/E Coupe

PostPost by: adigra » Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:54 am

As my lack of presence on the forums shows, I've been very inactive on the Elan front for a few years, which makes me think the time might be to move on. I picked the car up from Paul Matty last year after it had a gearbox rebuilt, plus various other odd jobs done, and it has done only about 400 miles since, which is a crime.

It's a 1967 S3 S/E Coupe in Wedgewood Blue. 127k miles, but most of it is brand new. I am looking for £35000 for the car. I am in West Yorkshire.

The car has a folder recording everything I have had done on it since I got it in 2009, plus quite a bit of history prior to me. At one point some years ago I added up the invoices to £50k, but haven't done so again as life's too short to worry about it.

Some highlights:
-Galvanised Lotus Chassis
-Option 1 body restoration (£14000). The body is the best I've ever seen! Comparing the before and after Option 1 is quite fascinating, especially the shutlines, and the general solidity of it.
-Retrimmed interior with Paul Matty seat covers, Sue Miller everything else.
-New Dash (which sadly now has a crack in the veneer) and retrimmed original steering wheel
-Paul Exon engine rebuilt and dynoed at 145bhp
-Spyder rollover bar and side sill protection.
-Spyder adjustable suspension, wishbones, narrow springs, etc.
-Spyder half solid driveshafts
-Tony Thompson fast road exhaust
-123 programmable distributor (probably the best upgrade I made to it)
-Converted to negative earth and alternator
-High torque starter motor
-Aluminium radiator with electric fans and adjustable control on the thermostat housing
-The car is on Minilites with new tyres, but it comes with its original steel wheels including spare
-Lots of small jobs such as converted rev counter to work with the alternator, bulb pump in the boot to prime the carbs, brake fluid reservoir moved up for easy access, Sprint style cooling holes under the engine bay, etc.
-I've always had it on K&N filters, but it comes with its correct airbox and backing plate

As you can probably see, I have given it a lot of attention over the last 10 years as I saw it as a forever car. But things change and I think it really should be used and enjoyed.

I am very happy to answer any questions. Anything I've forgotten I'm sure to have a record of in the files. I also have many larger photos.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:12 am

A superb car. Good luck with the sale.
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PostPost by: S3FHC » Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:17 pm

What a beautiful car!

good luck with the sale,

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PostPost by: MrBonus » Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:38 pm

Your Elan is an absolute stunner. Good luck with the sale!
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PostPost by: adigra » Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:50 pm

Thank you all!

Having spoken to a few people, and having had an offer from a dealer (not a terrible offer it must be said), I realise I have overestimated the value of everything done to the car. In light of that I'll adjust my expectations and reduce it to £35k.

It's strange to say, but it's not so much about the money as such, as I need the space for something else, as it is about a fair market value. I am under no illusion that I was ever going to recoup even half of what I spent, but someone will really get a top car.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:30 am

Like others have said, what a stunning car with a great color and details. Its a shame after all of the effort you need to sell. I have a considerable investment (I have to face it, it's actually a sunk cost!) going into my Elan right now. I plan to keep it for a long time and enjoy if while I still can...

Some enthusiasts get together and rent shop/warehouse space to keep their favorite vehicles secure, yet available to enjoy. If its about space and not about funds, that might be a consideration. It's also an opportunity to create a community of enthusiasts. Garage space is also very limited for me and some of my friends, so we are considering starting up a local collector shop/storage in our town which would include security and appropriate insurance.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:32 am

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PostPost by: adigra » Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:30 pm

StressCraxx wrote:Like others have said, what a stunning car with a great color and details. Its a shame after all of the effort you need to sell. I have a considerable investment (I have to face it, it's actually a sunk cost!) going into my Elan right now. I plan to keep it for a long time and enjoy if while I still can...

Some enthusiasts get together and rent shop/warehouse space to keep their favorite vehicles secure, yet available to enjoy. If its about space and not about funds, that might be a consideration. It's also an opportunity to create a community of enthusiasts. Garage space is also very limited for me and some of my friends, so we are considering starting up a local collector shop/storage in our town which would include security and appropriate insurance.


The space is definitely part of the problem, but it's also about now having an itch to try something else. We have 6 cars, not counting the daily drivers, so something has to give in order for something new to arrive. We even looked at buying an industrial unit to store the cars, but our town is very short on available space. I really wish I knew more enthusiasts locally as it would be really fantastic to do what you suggest.
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