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Posted on Craigslist in Ridgefield, Connecticut is what we believe to be a survivor Lotus Elan S2 the current caretaker is asking $28,000 for. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals the seller currently has their Lotus priced $2,000 less than the #3 “Good” estimate of $30,000.
A handling benchmark to this day and to this day and Mazda’s styling inspiration for the original Miata, Colin Chapin introduced stylish and capable Elan in 1963 and from there it became an instant hit, especially once actress Diana Rigg started driving one as Mrs. Emma Peel in the TV series The Avengers. The Elan has the distinction of being the first Lotus road car designed with a mild steel backbone chassis and a non-structural fiberglass body. At only 1,500 pounds, the Elan symbolized Colin Chapman’s design philosophy of “simplify, then add lightness.” Compared to other entry-level British sports cars of the period, the Elan was technologically advanced with a double overhead cam 1.6 liter inline four-cylinder engine, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and four-wheel independent suspension. Unfortunately, shoddy build quality and non-existent rustproofing of the backbone frame make these cars very rare sites today. The easiest way to confirm the example presented here is an S2 is the lack of chrome fixed frames for the side windows.
The private seller is quick to point out his S2 features a documented non-original motor rebuilt in the 1990s with a dry sump lubrication system now putting out about 150 horsepower. He goes on to report, “The body is in very good condition and the paint is very presentable. This is a true driver.” While the chassis and bolt-on wheels are original, this Elan now features adjustable suspension and several aftermarket gauges. The seller notes his S2 was owned for most of its life by an avid Lotus enthusiast known for his engineering work in Lotus circles, so it will be interesting learning more about that part of the car’s history. This appears to be a great driver quality example of a very rare Lotus you can drive to just about any show of your choice as it and it will still draw a crowd. Good luck with the purchase!
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