1967 Lotus Elan S3
The Lotus Elan was the first Lotus road car to use a steel backbone chassis with a fibreglass body. At approximately 1,500 lb, the Elan embodied Colin Chapman's minimum weight design philosophy. The Elan was technologically advanced with a DOHC 1,558 cc engine, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and 4-wheel independent suspension. Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 supercar, reportedly said that his only disappointment with the McLaren F1 was that he could not give it the perfect steering of the Lotus Elan. In 2004, Sports Car International named the Elan number six on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The original version of the car was designed by Ron Hickman who also designed the first Lotus Europa as part of Lotus' GT40 project bid and made his fortune having designed the Black & Decker Workmate.
Because of its successful design and rigorous attention to cost control on the body, chassis, engine and transmission, the Elan become Lotus' first commercial success and contributed to the funding of its achievements in racing over the next ten years.
This Lotus Elan is possibly the lowest mileage 1967 Elan on the planet with only 9692 miles! The car was sold new by Zimdars Motors of Milwaukee, WI. Zimdars Motors was an early import car dealership that dealt in serveral British marques as well as Porsche autos and was very active in sports car clubs and racing community. The first owner kept the car until the mid 1970's and only put on 3200 miles. The second owner purchased the car and drove it until a clutch problem put it off the road approximately 25 years ago. It was kept in a dry heated garage until we purchased it in October, 2020 with those low miles. We have just finished recommissioning this exceptionally original Lotus Elan in our shop which has included brakes, fluids, carbs, stainless exhaust system, and 4 new Vredestein tires. The twin Weber carbs have been clean & adjusted and clutch hydraulics replaced. The Twin Cam motor starts instantly and idles so quietly one can hardly hear it running with excellent oil pressure and no smoke. We can honestly say this Elan has a near perfect original wood dash board that it left the factory with. The entire interior is original with near perfect seats, dash top and door panels. The original black loop pile carpeting is quite serviceable but has faded areas where exposed as one would expect. The original convertible top has clear windows and no rip or tears. The paint still has very nice luster with some minor touched up chips and evidence of some respray on both front fenders. The doors open & close easily with very good gaps all around. We also have some repair documents, a few original Lotus Elan sales brochures, and a black tonneau cover.
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