Lot 1912


1967 Lotus Elan SE3
Reg. no. UMA 333E
Chassis no. 56647SE
Engine no. LP7402LBA
The first Lotus Elan, the 1500, was introduced in 1962. It marked the debut of the company’s new design philosophy; namely, a steel ‘backbone’ chassis with a fibreglass body. In this respect, it was in some ways more conservative than its predecessor, the Elite – which had featured an all-fibreglass monocoque. However, the Elan proved to be more durable and much easier to produce, while staying true to Colin Chapman’s insistence on lightness. With a weight of just 726kg, and four-wheel disc brakes and all-round independent suspension, handling was superb. Straight-line performance wasn’t bad either; Lotus’ excellent twin-cam engine provided the motive power, producing 115bhp in the S3 SE as featured here. Extremely popular when new both with the buying public and in motorsport, the Elan remains so today, representing the classic British sports car in its purest form.
This 1967 S3 SE Elan coupe is in good condition; restored in 1987, the chassis had already been replaced and rust-protected. The engine was rebuilt, with only 9,200 miles covered since, as was the differential and brake servo system. Plenty of other work has been done to this car to make it a good example of the type; bills are in the file for this work, plus a V5c and MOTs for the last 30 years. The current MOT expires in December.

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