Lotus Elan S2 special equipment ('s/e'), 1965

1965 Lotus Elan S2 s/e

Technical specifications of Lotus Elan S2 s/e 1965

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Item location: Stratford, Connecticut, United States
Make: Lotus
Model: Elan S2 s/e
Type: Convertible
Year: 1965
Mileage: 90800
Color: Green
Engine size: 1558cc twin cam
Number of cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Tan
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Options: CD Player
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

Am looking to sell my very special Lotus Elan, have owned it for many years.
A comprehensive summary of work I have done, improvements made, additions, and its overall condition: starting with the world's best chassis...Spyder of England, tubular space frame, powder coated, MUCH stronger than original, easier access to various components, stronger front crossmember with drain tap, plated over upper front towers, really a fabulous piece of engineering. Covered with an all fiberglass body/floors/etc. And just repainted, for the first time since new....body was and is excellent, no cracks, no wavy areas, never damaged, and with show quality deep BRG acrylic paint with (as you can see in the photos) a true 'mirror finish.' Hand wet sanded and buffed. Gorgeous.
Drive train: less than 300 miles on comprehensive engine rebuild, the legendary Lotus 1558cc with aluminum twin cam cylinder head, new pistons and rings, bearings, high lift camshafts, new clutch, gas flowed head, balanced, twin 40 DCOE Webers, tubular headers, electronic ignition, painted and detailed. Coupled to an original ultra close ratio gearbox, just rebuilt, one of the most enjoyable gearboxes in existence....short throw, very low drop of revs at each shift, quiet, excellent. And driving through a brand new (and almost impossible to find) 3.54 final drive. The highest ratio available for quieter, more relaxed highway cruising.
Have added a Wilwood dual master cylinder for a higher degree of safety, brakes have been rebuilt, Aeroquip flex lines, adjustable ride height at each corner. Awesome steering and handling.
Wheels are the correct, s/e center lock Lotus brand new wheels, all new hubs and chrome knock offs, fairly new Michelin radials. Even the original chrome trim rings. And yes, a spare matching wheel/tire in the carpeted trunk. With a jack and knock off hammer.
Rotoflex couplings aren't that old (I prefer them to the modern updated axles due to the superior ride), all bushings and joints are in good condition.
Wiring harness has been replaced, all of the gauges rebuilt (and the speedo recalibrated to the new differential gears), has a modern reduction gear starter motor, twin electric fuel pumps (with a dashboard switch for the backup), converted to negative ground, battery cut off switch, and a new battery.
Interior is really excellent....new wood dashboard, recovered dash top padding, new door panels, very good original seats, fairly new top, new stayfast cloth tonneau,3" wide racing belts,never skimped on ANYTHING when keeping this beautiful Lotus up to date.
Lots of little additions....radiator just cleaned and pressure checked (its the original thick cord unit) with a thermostatically controlled electric cooling fan (with override switch), aluminum fuel tank (no chance of rusty flakes inside), stainless steel exhaust system, halogen headlights, small diameter racing steering wheel, stereo/CD with USB input, AND IF I left anything out...it too was excellent, replaced, rebuilt, etc.
And the final result of all of this extensive work? A 1,400 pound car with probably around 130hp, smooth, refined, excellent ride, possibly the best steering of any car in the world, quick shifting, super close ratios, awesome looks, and truly THE iconic small sports car once described in an English enthusiasts magazine as being 'the ultimate in squirtability, the ability to 'squirt through traffic' like no other car.
Series 1s are nice but never fond of the 2/3 dashboard or the tail lights, Series 3s have those silly fixed wind frames and often unreliable power windows, Series 4s got the ugly bonnet budge and fender flares....BUT the Series 2 (of which 1250 were built, a lesser number being the high performance 'special equipment' model) is the most beautiful of all. Super light, very quick, incredible feedback from the controls, AND the best thing of all, is that it offers an owner/driver the fun of quick driving but at speeds that approach the legal limits. I mean, sure, fun to brag to a friend how quiet one's Porsche of Ferrari is at 140 mph but what fun is that? FAR better to be in a super light, small sports car that zips around corners, accelerates quickly through the gears, yet probably will not wind up having its driver in jail for Reckless Endangerment or an endless number of speeding tickets.
On the road, unlike the track, it is how fast you THINK you are going. That's what counts. And an Elan is a truly fantastic driving experience.
Car is available for immediate sale.......for some reason I often have difficulties responding to eBay e mail inquiries. HENCE call. THERE is a reserve, it is rather substantial, and no, this car is not selling for pennies. Sorry, bargain Elans are from a different era. It is one of the greatest sports cars of all time, it is in fantastic condition, and they are so very rare and so difficult to find. So, IF you ever wanted one and if you can afford one....here is your chance. Just call. Real simple.
I have been driving this car for more than a dozen years and it has never let me down. I have invested a small fortune and am now willing to pass all of that to a new owner. MY terms are getting a 20% deposit within 48 hours of sale and the balance within 7 days. I can assist with delivery anywhere in the world and can store this car (at no charge) while a buyer makes arrangements to take delivery. I have tried my best to describe this car accurately, I have a 100% positive rating on eBay, and it is hard to imagine a better TRUE sports car anywhere in the world.

On Jan-08-19 at 15:24:18 PST, seller added the following information:

And after I finished the ad, remembered....new LED bulbs in the gauges and interior light which works perfectly), air horns, drilled and safety wired oil drain plug, original factory plastic battery cover, brand new trunk lock with keys, heater is very effective and keeps the interior cozy even on a 20 degree day, an extra 12v outlet for my XM radio, original airbox, pushbutton solenoid, tight vacuum system (headlights don't sink when going up long hills), original factory hand engraved VIN plate, and.....in a response to the first inquiry, yes, photos of the suspension show bolt on hubs...car came with pin drive hubs, I changed them to try on a set of bolt on Minilites I have, they had the wrong offset and I changed back to the pin drive hubs and reinstalled the original pin drive s/e wheels.
And IF I think of anything else, will add to this post.......

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