The vendor used the car for commuting and holidays abroad. Shortly prior to one such trip abroad, the Lotus suffered engine problems and a decision was made to replace the unit with another, rather than rebuild the original engine, due to time constraints. This was a common fix for many marques during that period, as the cars had little value and the costs of rebuild outweighed the easily obtainable second hand engines.
Today, this Plus 2 can be described as requiring restoration. The body, however, does look straight and the original silver finish may still be seen in places. Whilst in the present vendor’s us ownership over the past 40 years, the car has been garaged for the 37 of those years. The odometer is faulty but the vendor states that the mileage is approximately 120,000 miles.
Offered with no reserve, this Elan represents an interesting opportunity to acquire a Lotus owned by ex-F1 Champion Graham Hill, a rare opportunity indeed.