Lotus Elan

Heavy heart - Lotus Elan Sprint 1972 FHC

PostPost by: Jimnic007 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:27 am

Hi all,

It is with a heavy heart that I am putting up for sale my FHC Lotus Elan Sprint that I bought from Cedric earlier in the year, via this excellent forum. I purchased the car from Cedric in Nice in March this year and relocated it back to England. I have hankered after an Elan for many years having owned more modern Lotus variants (Elise and Exige).

The reason for sale is simply that it hasn't got the use that I expected it to get and I can't justify such a beautiful car sitting in the garage. I have six year old twin boys and whilst they love the event of going out in the car, neither of them can drive(!) and so one of them has to stay at home each time!! I would therefore like to give someone else the opportunity of owning this incredibly well sorted car.

Cedric has really looked after the car and spent a great deal of time and money putting the right modifications on the vehicle. I have a good selection of the historic parts that came from Cedric as well, so in large parts, it could be put back to standard if required, but I think the modifications done by Cedric and the previous owners are all very sensible and desirable.

The car was first registered on 16 October 1972 and has done c68,000miles. I have the Certificate of Conformity from Lotus Cars. In 1982 the chassis was replaced by Spyder sport for the then owner, the car was later re-sold by Paul Matty in 2009 to a chap in Rome and then Cedric bought the car in 2012. I have an immense amount of history for the car, including contact and pictures from one of the earliest owners. In addition to this, the car will also come with an indoor cover and the excellent Brian Buckland manual (in addition to the Workshop manual).

Since buying the car, I have had it re-registered in the UK and added back a new period number plate, it was MOT'd in April, so there is 7months left on this, I have replaced the old tyres with new Uniroyal Rain Expert 3 tyres and replaced the LHD lights back to the original RHD lights.


Details (largely taken from Cedric's encyclopedic original advert):

1972 FHC Sprint
Original Pistachio over green colour as confirmed by lotus certification and original pictures from the seventies sent by first owner!
Spyder chassis
TTR adjustable KONI shocks front and rear
TTR fast road springs (lower ride but original size in diameter)
New poly bushes
Mick miller driveshafts replacing rotoflex
TTR solid rack mount and universal joint
New internals for the master brake cylinder and receiver.
Brand new mastervac servo brake
Clivey double fan and large rad (original parts available)
Clivey full silicone hoses including heater hoses
Clivey direct K&N filter and air duct tubing (original airbox available with round new kn filter)
Refreshed engine (new shells, new rings, new qed timing chain, new burton water pump mod...)
Magnetic oil plug.
Motul 300v, 15w50 oil used
Carbs overhauled and QED fuel line
Refreshed gearbox by bgh geartech with competition parts.
TTR reinforced engine mounts
New clutch from TTR
Pre engaged starter with new ring gear
New plugs
New Magnecor leads
Recent new battery
Battery isolator switch installed behind seats
Original ignitor with Clivey bracket for the coil
TTR fast road full exhaust, mikalor clips everywhere
TTR exhaust pipes ceramic coated inside and out for temp control
Original workshop binder and small original book
Set of period tools except the jack missing
Original period matching radio
An incredible pile of receipt and mot...

There are a couple of minor issues; the steering wheel is a motolita and is not the original steering Colin Chapman wheel, the loud speakers have been located in the doors rather than behind the seats and the jack is not present.

The car is in fantastic condition inside and out, has been very reliable since I have owned it and it drives and sounds great.

The car is located in Warrington, NW England and I would be happy to show the car to anyone who is interested. I have lots of information on file, so if you are after anything in particular, please ask and I will try and send it direct.

I would like to recoup what I paid for the car and associated costs, so I am looking for offers around £37,500.

Thanks for looking and if you have any questions, please ask.

James
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PostPost by: Jimnic007 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:50 am

Not sure if the price is right or not, but happy to look for offers around £35,000.
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PostPost by: Jimnic007 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:57 am

Just to update this thread, the car has now been sold.
Thanks for all the interest and hopefully the new owner will be along to introduce himself soon....
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PostPost by: coopers » Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:41 pm

Thanks James, this lovely Elan has now been collected and has been relocated to Warwickshire just outside Leamington Spa.

This is my first Elan, and having covered over 100 miles today, on some slimey roads, it was brilliant fun I am just starting to bond, and getting used to it.

I need to sort a few small issues, ( handbrake, droopy lights) but all in all, the car is a peach and goes link stink. Here's to many years of Elan fun ahead.

:mrgreen:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:01 pm

Welcome Simon to LE.net & the pistachio club!
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PostPost by: coopers » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:04 pm

Phil- thank you.

A bit of bed time reading last night - Brian Buckland manual - wow!
- I started to see hand brake parts in my sleep! Oh no.....

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:50 pm

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