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1972 Lotus Elan +2S 130

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£12,000 - £18,000

  • Mileage~33,682
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.6L
  • LocationFleet


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Tom Brett
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The Elan +2S 130, Lotus' sporty 2 seater Elan transformed into a 2+2 GT, an evolution not a revolution.

An extended and widened wheelbase, stronger suspension and brakes, but ultimately a chassis set-up that stays true to Chapmans ideals. The +2 was marketed to families with the additional seating available, and also more luxurious interior fit out.

This example is coming out of 5 years ownership with the vendor. It comes with a history file full of invoices on various works, including a chassis change in the past, and more recently a mechanical overhaul in the vendors ownership.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Matt, the owner having provided photographs of his vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I purchased the Lotus in the summer of 2015 having viewed numerous previously. This was definitely the best I had seen!

Matt loves the lines and the bright carnival red paint. A large amount of history dating back to the eighties adds to the great provenance this car has.

He decided in 2016 to get the car thoroughly checked over, and spent nearly £3,000 on improving the mechanical running of the car. This included the radiator being fully overhauled by a classic car enthusiast “Road and Race Engineering Ltd” who were known for helping in 007 movies. He has loved owning and driving this car for the past 5 years and mentions it always turns heads and brings a smile on those beautiful drives out.

Over the last year or so with young family commitments, Matt has not used the Lotus as much as he would like and therefore, the time has come to let someone else get the best out of the Elan +2S 130.

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Finished in carnival red, the Elan +2 was a sharper looking car than its 2 seater older sibling.

Wheels and Tyres

The two-tone, 10-spoke, knock off 13" wheels are in a good condition. They were added in 1991 when the car underwent a refurbishment.

Sitting on Marshal tyres on the front, and Kumho on the rears, the rubber looks to have plenty of miles left in them.


The bodywork on this car looks in good condition. Fibreglass body on these have a tendency to suffer when it comes to panel gaps etc, but they look good on this example.

During the 2016 restoration, both doors were adjusted to function correctly and correct any shut lines. Take a look at the photos to see the details.


The paint on this example was refreshed in 1991. The colour and finish looking even across the entire body of the car. Some small imperfections are visible such as small nicks on the edges of various panels.

With the exterior restoration having taken place some time ago, there is scope for improvement for the new owner. You'll see a number of photos showing cracks in the paintwork at the extremities such as the back of the rear wings and the edge of the boot.

Glass and Trim

The chrome trim has some minor pitting but still shines brightly.

The glass and seals are in very good order and have been cared for correctly over the years. The lights look clear having had the vacuum system repaired to ensure they pop-up just like you'd expect.


The +2 gave families the opportunity to use the Elan, and a more luxurious interior designed to increase passenger comfort.

Seats and Carpets

The vinyl seats in general look in good condition. One small imperfection in the driver's seat as pictured, and unfortunately on the passenger side the bottom of the seat and outer bolster has come away.

New intertia seat belts were added in 2016. Carpets all look good, Matt took a couple of photos showing underneath the carpets too, all looking very clean.


The veneer dash with all surrounding dials and gauges have gained a slight patina look which adds to the originality of the vehicle.

All dials and gauges are clearly legible with some minor marks on the metal rimmed edges, a small note from Matt to say that the clock doesn't work but all other dials are working as expected.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Both the steering wheel and gearstick look to be original and in good condition in keeping with the car's age.

The leather on the steering wheel looks in good condition, a proper, simple, driver focused tool.


A later "Big Valve" version of the famous Lotus Twin-Cam, the Elan +2S pushed out 126BHP from factory.

Engine and Gearbox

When Matt first got the Lotus, he commissioned a mechanical refresh to improve the running. Taken apart and expertly reassembled to full working order, you can see the invoices in the history gallery detailing all other repairs on the engine.

The engine delivers its power through to the wheels by means of a 4-speed manual gearbox. A new clutch was also added in 2016.

Suspension and Brakes

The Elan has coil springs, anti-roll bar front suspension and lower wishbone rear suspension. Matt assures us the car rides smoothly without any unwanted knocks, bumps or rattles.

Including front and rear disc brakes, we are assured the car stops as expected by Matt.

The Drive

This car rarely disappoints. Designed to market towards families, the +2 still has all the qualities of the standard Elan 2 seater sports car.

Electrics and Other

During the engine rebuild in 2016, many electrical faults / potential flaws have been repaired or checked, providing Matt with reliability throughout his ownership. A small point of note, the interior passenger roof lights don't operate correctly currently.

History and Paperwork

Mechanically refreshed by the current owner in 2016, and a large history file including a chassis replacement.

During 1991 the car received a cosmetic refurbishment that applied many new parts like the alloy wheels. Prior to Matt's ownership, there are loads of invoices detailing all the repairs made on the car, which includes a chassis replacement as mentioned previously.

During 2016, Matt decided to commission an e mechanical refresh, as can be seen from the invoices. The past 3 MOTs can be seen online and came back with zero advisories.

Checks carried out by us:
- Photo ID of seller.
- V5 checked against seller's photo ID.
- HPi checked and clear.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
23.06.2020 MOT 33,658
16.04.2019 MOT 33,630
03.05.2017 MOT 33,283
28.04.2016 MOT 32,720
26.05.2015 MOT 32,415
13.06.2014 MOT 30,756
Key Details
  • ModelElan +2S 130
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date14.07.1972
  • CC1,556
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourCarnival Red
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimVinyl
  • Chassis #72060773L
  • Engine #P27076
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers9
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned5 Years

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£5,000 bid by SHarris 20.09.2020 @ 00:21:56
Steve Riddle
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Is there a reserve?

Kulraj Salh

Hi Steve, there is indeed a reserve. When the reserve has been met, then we update the listing so that bidders are aware. Best, Kulraj

£4,000 bid by Agautosport 16.09.2020 @ 20:29:37
£2,000 bid by seumas888 14.09.2020 @ 16:45:14

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