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Lotus : Other Custom

Sale price: $16,000.00 make an offer

Car location: United States

Sale type: Fixed price listing

Technical specifications, photos and description:

1700 cc Cosworth BDR
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Lotus : Other Custom for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car(2.1) based on 384 votes

I am re-listing with a start price and reserve.   I know some people did not have time to come see the car; please come for a test DRIVE!

Car was completely restored after my purchase.   As can be seen from the photos. this was a true frame off restoration with extensive renovation.   Driven 9650 miles since restoration.

Renovation and upgrades Included:

Chassis stripped to bare metal Chassis reinforced at front cross member back to engine mounts and under differential in preparation for substantial power increase. Chassis was primed and painted. Body: There was damage in several areas.   Everything was repaired including “welding” in one replacement door sill. All cracks reinforced on back side All stress cracks repaired with tissue glass on front side. filled and leveled. Engine bay totally restored Rebuilt one door sill reinforcing steel tube All rubber parts and bushes replaced. All fasteners with a few exceptions replaced. New adjustable rear SPAX shock and new Lotocones New adjustable SPAX front Shocks All calipers rebuilt including new pistons New handbrake cable Larger than stock rear pads in stock calipers Discs all turned Replaced one bent suspension arm New ball joints and trunion inserts Trunion kit and tie rod ends just replaced this summer New rear wheel bearings Wheels all sandblasted. epoxy primed and finished coated: black on back and Lt. Titanium front Steering rack rebuilt to spec with new boots Hood re-shaped for a BD wedge in place of Stromberg hump.

Renovation of Drive Train:

All steel parts cleaned and painted Diff. seals replaced Added S130 stiffening bracket Rebuilt clutch slave cylinder New small bore master cylinder (no booster system for very firm pedal) New release bearing New clutch disc - recent New steel face on aluminum flywheel – recent Custom made pins to protect rear suspension in case of Rotoflex failure (they work!) Tires: Michelin XVS-2's on steel peg drive wheels (center nut)


I believe the Cosworth BD motor conversion is the easiest and most “period correct” engine upgrade for an original Elan or +2 Dave Bean Stage 3 Motor – rated 190 HP at 9000 RPMThe Bean cams give excellent bottom end and make car a breeze to drive around town with plenty of low end torque even below 3000 RPM
1700 cc Cortina block and blueprinted crank and rods – limits motor to 7400 RPM; all of the torque of 190 HP motor. likely 175 HP max. 45 mm DHLA Delorttos High capacity and pressure oil pump (60+ psi) Luminition ignition and Lucas Sport Coil Gear-drive starter Bean exhaust: 4-2-1 to 2 ¼” pipe. ceramic coated. and heat wrapped One glass pack in middle of car and SuperTrap tunable muffler Cold air intake with large K&N in nose Electric fuel pump plus regulator Cooling: Stock radiator re-cored with extra row SPAL fan Temperature switch on engine outlet Nose to engine bay sealed for all air thru radiator


Alternator with external voltage regulator Voltmeter – in place of Ammeter Wiring is custom: All 16 gauge or heavier 16 modern fuses versus 4 original Three ground loops Wiring diagram. loop sheets. wire and fuse lists available with car Relays for headlights. horn. fan and fuel pump


Solid walnut custom dash board with multiple coats of lacquer Original front seats restored with repaired / replaced springs and metal parts and new webbing and foam. Front seats two panels recently replace with original grain vinyl Rear seats new foam and vinyl and new vinyl on side panels Original re-webbed seat belts (front only) New carpets “Stretch” material used for dash. center console and many other soft areas – simple but not original Door panels done with single sheet of vinyl (Okay but not original; I have original panels in poor condition. ) New headliner (Okay but not perfect)


Recent windshield replacement Paint is Jaguar Brooklands Green Entire body stripped and repaired (some major) and restored. First paint job blistered after a couple of years due to an error in preparation (used mineral spirits for final wipe down and it stayed in pores in gel coat. ).   First paint was a base coat / clear coat. Hood. trunk and roof have been repainted in same paint code with a single part paint system – color match is very good From a distance the car looks very good but only close up are the flaws obvious. Drive it like it is or have rest of car repainted. Only two stress cracks have appeared since body restoration (one headlight pod and one washer nozzle hole)

 Sounds System:

Alpine Tuner / CD Player plays but does not hold memory Polk Component speakers in rear side panels


It is quite difficult to price such a car.   The engine alone is worth at least $15K to the right buyer. Reserve is well below my previous BIN price.  

The car has a lot of potential uses.   The car can be driven just as it is for general street use and blasting that motor down an open road.   Every older Lotus is a project car either needing work like the paint on this one or the owner can always think of a new upgrade he wants to make depending on his intended use.   By 1969 standards the car handles very well on the narrow tires. To get the car to handle as good it goes. new wheels and tires would be needed.   There are two good choices for the center nut / peg drive wheels from Panasport (13x5) or Minilites (14 x 5 ½).   There are lots of good tire choices for these wheels especially the 14” wheels.  

You are welcome to ask questions via ebay or come see the car in South Jersey.  

 Payment: Send $1000 via PayPal within three days of end of auction.   We can arrange payment in full and car pick up after order confirmation deposit.

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