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1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber

Sale price: $12,600.00 make an offer
Last update: 08.01.2014

Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: Lotus
Model: Other
Year: 1970
Type: Coupe
Color: Yellow
Mileage: 42,274
Engine: Twin cam
Transmission: Manual
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Trim: Lotus Elan +2
Vehicle Title: Clear
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1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car (2.1) based on 209 votes
1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber Photo
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber
  • 1970 Lotus Elan +2 coupe classic british sports car plus two Twin cam Weber

  This is a classic British Lotus Elan +2 that is in great condition and completely drivable.   It looks great. runs and drives great. has a fabulous interior and is generally in very good condition. This Lotus twin cam engine is the desirable Weber head with 2 DCOE 40mm carburetors.   This also means that this car doesn't have the slightly awkward looking square bulge on the bonnet that the later cars had to clear their Stromberg carbs.

The chassis is in excellent condition. I can't find any rust or problems at all other than minor surface rust. Underneath the car looks very clean. The glassfibre body is also in excellent condition with no signs of accident damage or repair. I was told it was re-sprayed around 12 years ago but then sat unattended for a long time. It has quite a few small chips and touch ups in the paint. There is one large chip (about 1 1/2") just ahead of the boot where I'm told something fell on it while it was stored. Also there is a couple odd discoloured spots on the left front wing (see picture). Despite the flaws the car shines nice and still looks terrific. The re-paint was very thorough and under the hood looks very clean and nice and the door jambs are also very clean.

  The Glass is all excellent. all the seals are nice. The doors fit great and don't droop.   The chrome front bumper is very nice but the rear has some flaking and rust spots. The Tyres are brand new Fisk classics. it has a good spare and the special tool needed for the center hub nut.   The vacuum operated headlamps work great and this car uses vacuum to raise the lamps rather than the other way around like the later cars. The benefit being that the lamps stay down when the car is parked. Inside the boot (trunk) is very clean with all its carpet and plywood sub floor intact.

 The Interior is excellent. The wood dash is amazingly nice. This car has the nice early style dash with toggle switches rather than the federally imposed rocker switches. The dash top and trim pieces are all present and in great condition. The seats are all excellent front and back. The front seats are the earlier low back seats which means unlike the later style they can tilt forward without hitting the ceiling and you can actually get in the back. The carpets are great. The headliner too is excellent as are the door panels. The seat belts have been updated to something more modern and work perfect and are quite comfortable. It's missing the lenses for the two rear interior lamps but they do work. All the gauges and warning lamps work and amazingly it still has its original radio that still works! It also still has its original Colin Chapman signature steering wheel in beautiful condition. The heater controls all work perfect and this car has astoundingly good heat and defrost.

  The suspension is excellent. The steering is tight and precise. The brakes work perfect. The brake booster has been removed but this lightweight car really doesn't need it. This car has single circuit brakes so it only had one booster. The engine has good power and runs very nice. It idles nice and smooth. The cooling system works excellent and it has the early wider radiator (later cars rad is much smaller). The water pump was recently rebuilt (a common problem and a big job on the twin cam) It doesn't leak any fluids but it does burn a little oil and occasionally is a bit smokey usually when cold or when accelerating away hard from a stop. Twin cams have a reputation for this. It isn't terrible but it isn't perfect either. The oil pressure is great. The clutch is a bit abrupt to release but works great. just takes a bit of getting used to. The 4 speed gearbox is absolutely excellent with no issues at all. There are no drips or problems from the differential. The rubber donuts (rotoflex couplings) in the rear axles look a bit old but still function well.   It can be a bit cold blooded to start on cold days but not hard once you learn the routine. It does have working chokes. The exhaust is in great shape. It has a sporty sounding glass pack muffler that some might find too loud but can easily be replaced.

  The 12V negative earth electrics are in very good order. All the lights. wipers. horn and even the glove box light works! The charging system has been upgraded to a modern internally regulated and cheap to replace GM alternator.   It is not currently licensed but it does come with a clear title.

    Overall this is a great car in very good condition. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. If you'd like to chat on the phone send me a message and I'll give you my number.

I highly recommend and encourage a personal inspection if possible.
The Elan can be viewed by appointment in Granite Falls WA (near Seattle).
Buyer is responsible for shipping costs and arrangements.
I reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

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