1972 LOTUS ELAN SPRINT – £52,950
The Elan Sprint was essentially based on the Series 4 Elan and was primarily designed to rekindle demand and improve the performance of the nine-year-old sports car. Conceived by the Lotus Sales Director the Sprint’s most notable feature was the horizontally-split two-tone paintwork.
A new big-valve cylinder head with high-lift cams and a raised compression ratio and Webers provided a 25% increase in power to 126bhp. The drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced and the front callipers were redesigned to cope with the increased performance.
This is a genuine home-market FHC Sprint Convertible model that was first registered in 1972 finished from new in the rare Gold leaf livery of red and gold.
With ongoing maintenance over the years she was extensively restored a few years ago by a marque specialist including new Spyder chassis, engine rebuild ,unleaded conversion, Suspension, brakes, body strip and very high quality repaint much better than the original factory finish even the doors have been painstakingly made to fit unlike the factory efforts.!
She was owned by one owner from 1972 to 2015 so is only 2 owners and is a genuine convertible with Certification from the Lotus factory and even the original sales invoice verifying the specification is present.
All the work is documented and there is a very thorough history file mostly populated with invoices from the UK’s respected Lotus specialists, mot certificates, and thousands have been spent ensuring she is one of the best looking and driving Sprints available.
Many motoring enthusiasts claim that the Sprint is their favourite driving machine and any serious driver will agree once you sample the fluidity of the chassis the lightness of the controls and the evocative sound of the race-bred twin cam.
These are very special machines and have never been replicated with any modern design proving that Colin Chapman was a design genius way ahead of his time.
Supplied fully inspected, serviced with 12 months warranty.