1971 Lotus Elan Sprint
Super example set up for fast road/sprint from long term loving ownership; fitted luggage - huge fun
Dating from October 1971 this pretty Elan Sprint is finished in the typical two-tone John Player Gold Leaf cigarette racing colours and features the more powerful ‘big valve’ 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder engine, which reputedly produced 126bhp in stock tune giving the cars a zero to sixty time of just 6.6 seconds - seriously quick in the era.
This tidy example was treated to a full re-build in the mid-80’s since when its been enjoyed and more recently treated to a high pressure oil pump, adjustable shocks and new main bearings in 2016. We also note fitment of a roll bar and side impact bars, new large ali radiator and sports air filters.
In the boot, we find some useful spares and also a spare N/S door glass, tonneau cover, spare hood cover and most unusually, a pair of fitted suit-cases for cheeky weekends away in the car.
The history file(s) include the V5C showing it has been in the current ownership since January 2014, copy old V5C, an impressive 29 old MOTs dating back to 1985 and 54,801 miles and heap of bills for parts and maintenance, bill of sale from 2014, a box file full of relevant magazines, photos of the car in various states of undress down to a rolling chassis and engine block letters, useful workshop manual and 2 keys.
Starting promptly and running well, the car immediately feels eager and nimble and was driven some 50 miles to the sale by the vendor with a smile on his face.
One to love, enjoy and use.
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