Supercar Fest Sale of Iconic & Classic Cars 28 May 2022

Supercar Fest Sale Of Iconic And Classic Cars Saturday 28th May 2022 82 Registration: VPA 182F Chassis No.: 36/7749 Estimate: £18,000 - £24,000 Lot 449 1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupé The Lotus Elan burst onto the scene in 1962 as the first road-going Lotus to use the now synonymous combination of a steel backbone chassis coupled to a separate fibreglass body. Colin Chapman proudly announced in the launch literature that “We wanted to build you a fun car.” A technologically advanced DOHC development of Ford’s proven ‘Kent’ engine, bored out to 1,558cc provided the propulsion, whilst cutting-edge features such as all-round disc brakes, fully independent suspension, and rack and pinion steering provided agility and handling that was second-to-none. The Series 3 Fixed Head Coupé arrived in 1965 closely followed by the S3 soft-top. In line with Lotus’s intention to move upmarket and justify an increase in prices, fit and finish had been improved over the earlier Elans and the Coupé sported a considerably smarter dashboard. The new S3 further benefited from revised windows with frames to reduce cabin noise and of course, the windows were now electrically operated. In common with many British sports cars from this era, this particular Elan Type 36, was supplied new to a Mr D Penny of Dorking, Surrey in kit form, thus avoiding the addition of UK Purchase Tax at the time, with the body finished in French Blue and a Black Vinyl interior. Once it was certified fit for use, the Elan stayed in long term ownership until 2005 and then enjoyed further committed ownership with its second custodian until 2015. Forming part of an eclectic collection in recent years, it has been kept in dry storage but has been maintained as required to keep it on the button and ready to use and enjoy as intended. With just two former keepers being recorded, the car remains delightfully original and unmolested to this day and is accompanied by a comprehensive history file which includes the original purchase invoices, including body and engine, old invoices, letters from Lotus and much more, a fascinating insight into times gone by. With its rigid backbone chassis and lightweight fibreglass body an Elan is a very enjoyable car out on the open road and can surprise many with its race inspired nimble performance and superb handling, a true driver’s delight. The S3 coupé is arguably the most beautiful of all the early Elans and this little French Blue example has many more years of enjoyment to offer. More Details Lot 449 Bid On Lot 449