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LOT 382

1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe Registration no. VPA 182E Chassis no. 7749 Engine no. LP 11551 LBA

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Lot 382
1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe
Registration no. VPA 182E Chassis no. 7749 Engine no. LP 11551 LBA

1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe
Registration no. VPA 182E
Chassis no. 7749
Engine no. LP 11551 LBA

*Two owners from new
*Well documented history file
*Less than 20,000 miles from new
*Stylish British Classic


Launched in October 1962, the Elan was available as a complete car or a kit at reduced price. Suspension was all independent with unequal-length wishbones at the front, while a wide-based lower wishbone and modified Chapman Strut, as used in Lotus Grand Prix cars, was employed at the rear. Rack-and-pinion steering was sourced from the Triumph Vitesse, and there were Girling disc brakes all round. The Elan's engine was a highly modified 1,498cc (later 1,558cc) Ford Cortina unit incorporating Lotus's own twin-camshaft cylinder head, and both the gearbox and differential came also from Ford. With the introduction of the improved S3 model in September 1965, the Elan became available as a fixed-head coupé for the first time, having previously been sold only in drophead form with optional separate hardtop. Other civilising improvements included electric windows, re-designed dashboard and better trim. Powerful, light in weight and endowed with exceptional roadholding and handling, the Elan proved an immense commercial success for Lotus, slightly fewer than 9,000 being produced by the time production ceased in 1973.

This S3 was purchased new by a Mr David Penney of Dorking as a kit, from Gemini Cars, and built by Walker Racing Shop. After circa 19,850 miles had been covered, the car was placed in heated storage, remaining there for 30-or-so years before being re-commissioned around 2002. The tyres, brakes, shock absorbers, exhaust system and suspension 'donuts' were replaced at this time. Mr Penney subsequently sold the Elan in 2005 via the Bonhams Beaulieu auction where it was acquired by the present owner to join a large collection of British cars. Recent refurbishment prior to sale included the carburettors, brake calipers, master cylinder, clutch reservoir, flexible hoses, front suspension bushes and donuts. Knock-on drilled wheels and a metal-sprayed exhaust system are listed modifications from factory specification, while the car comes with jack and tools. Finished in blue (a stock Lotus colour) with black interior, the Elan now showing 19,934 miles, is offered with purchase invoices and all bills for subsequent work, owners handbook, a recently expired MoT (January 2015) and Swansea V5.

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