Lotus Elan

Earliest registered Lotus-bodied S1 for sale

PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:09 pm

Ahead of advertising this more widely, I am going to be selling my S1.

It is believed (via Tim's advice) to be the earliest registered S1 with body built by Lotus, after they switched from Bourne.

It had a replacement chassis via Peter Day a few years ago, has its original interior and engine bay. Dash is black (one of only a handful as factory requests) and it has a 26R style steering wheel, both requested by the first owner and factory fitted (I have a letter from the first owner).

It had a £7k mechanical refresh at Paul Matty 18 months ago - fast road spec driveshafts and braking, fitting of 150bhp Craig Beck twin cam, TTR exhaust and also a rebuilt semi-close ratio gearbox. It comes with a new hood and a set of original steel wheels (not the alloys and hard top as in the photos).

Paint is scruffy - yellow over the original red but lots of admirers love the patina.

It has been fantastic over the last 2 seasons in a road going hill climb series, goes fantastically and sounds awesome.

Not cheap but is is special - open to sensible offers and happy to sell without the engine if that suits.

Enquiries welcomed and can share full spec and photos.

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:25 pm

Are you going to share the sort of money you’re looking for or is that for serious enquirers only?

Good luck with it!
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:28 pm

Hi Steve - thanks - for serious enquirers only!!!

I would like it to go to someone on the forum who will appreciate it for what it is rather than try and make a splash on one of the for sale sites!!!

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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:52 pm

Hi David, I would love to see more pictures, especially of the dash and engine compartment please. Thank you, Andrew
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:02 pm

Hi Andrew

Here are some pictures - not great ones but they give some idea!

Steering wheel - this has just been recovered and is original to the car.

Engine bay - excuse the rubber pipe which runs into an oil catch tank and the second big spring on the carbs - these are just for hill climbs and come off!!

Interior - not great shots - all original flooring, seat covers and black dash (the red steering wheel was just in whilst the original was being recovered - all of the door mouldings, handles etc are black too, as supplied.

I am hoping whoever may bu it keep all of the interior original.

BTW it also has original fuel tank plus stickers.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:36 pm

David, I notice that the Gel coat under the hood (bonnet) appears to be Grey?

I wonder if that was an early continuation of the Bourne practice?
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:58 pm

Hi Phil

Yes - it is also on the underside of the boot too and inner wheel arches in the boot - I originally bought it thinking it may be a very late Bourne car - it is 26/0407 but Tim reliably informs me it is Lotus bodied, unit 3016 - it still has the original dymo tape proudly on display - either way a very interesting car for those into early ones.

It was a single owner from new until 2015 who has written a letter confirming interior and steering wheel are original.

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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:37 pm

Hi David,
many thanks for posting the pictures. This is a very interesting car. I have heard many folks tell me of seeing black dash cars in period but I have never come across one before. You mention the new engine. Based on the head casting webs, carbs and later valve cover, is it safe to assume that the complete engine now in the car is not the original? Do you still have the original engine block and head for the car?
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PostPost by: dunclentdr1 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:14 pm

Hi Andrew

Thanks for the post - the engine is definitely not the original one! Some years ago the car ran with a Crossflow engine - I bought the car via Ricketts Racing and Barry Davidson, they supplied the Craig Beck engine (which by the way is fantastic) which ideally I'd like to keep and let someone fit an engine to the S1 with earlier head.

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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:06 pm

I only recently came up to speed on all the casting variations, so now I need to go through my stock and see if any of my heads are early enough for this car. I have a number of heads and blocks from S2 cars but I need to look if any of my spares are earlier castings. I have to admit this car fascinates me and I would be happy to become its conservator if the logistics of shipping it to Canada were not so difficult.
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