1969 Lotus Elan Series 4

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Type: Used
Year: 1969
make: Lotus
model: Elan
body style: Roadster
stock: L180601A
Mileage: 49049
transmission: M
Exterior color: Yellow Orange
Interior color: Black
VIN: 459835

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1969 Lotus Elan Series 4


What you are viewing is an insanely spectacular '69 Elan with a no expense spare performance restoration and a bit of historical significance.  This incredible Elan is extremely dialed in and very well sorted.  No corners were cut in this build, and every meticulous step was documented and photographed.  In researching the build of the vehicle, we believe that we have uncovered that this was the final '69 Elan S4 produced.  While working with a factory historian on the vehicle we have found that the VIN on this particular S4 is three vehicles beyond what the factory thought was the final VIN before Lotus switched to the newer VIN system that began with the Elan Sprint in 1970.  The intricate restoration was meticulously documented with hundreds of photos and every receipt was saved.  All service records and receipts are present, dating back to the 70's.  This car was purchased and lived in San Francisco and Northern California it's entire life.  

The original Lotus Twin Cam powerplant was rebuilt by Flowspeed with forged internals, flowed heads, Isky Billet Camshafts, 10.4:1 compression and dynos at 141.5hp with 120ft/lb of torque.  Clutch is beefed up, and the flywheel is lightweight alloy making this Elan rev fast and pull hard.  The higher CFM Webers are perfectly synced, and this Elan starts every time without the slightest press of the accelerator.

The body is near flawless and is finished in Lotus Yellow featuring a lightweight bonnet and trunk lid.  The frame was refinished and like the 26R was reinforced with the addition of 52 gussets to add rigidity.  The interior was completely replaced using OEM Lotus material to recover the existing OEM seats.  The Fiddlewood dashboard was customer fitted, and show the addition of a modern sound system and a Mota-Lita steering wheel.  Additional safety additions include 4 point harnesses, side impact beams, a painted steel roll cage, emergency power cut-off, and fire extinguisher.  Every nut and every bolt was rebuilt, refurbished or replaced, every piece was either OEM or aircraft grade, and all lines are braided stainless steel.  Headlamps are the fixed high output lamps from the 26R, as well.

The suspension and running gear received the same level of attention with externally 4-way adjustable coil-over shocks with lightweight springs. The driveline was updated to CV joints. Wheels are Panosport Knockoff Alloy wheels powder coated in black.  Staying true to Colin Chapman's philosophy, everything that could have been lightened safely was, from the lightweight Tilton starter and lightweight alternator to the lightweight Odyssey battery.

At the end of the day, every aspect of this Elan was completed to the highest standards.  Over $150,000 was spent on the restoration.  This was a restoration of love and not one performed with the idea that this Lotus would ever need to be sold.  As our in-house Classic Lotus technical expert said when he first laid eyes on her, "This is the nicest Elan I've ever seen..."

1969 Lotus Elan Restored and upgraded to the highest standards

300 miles on the most magnificent restoration we have ever seen on a Lotus

Likely the highest caliber Lotus Elan on the planet

Complete body off restoration every part new or rebuilt 

$150,000 was invested on this restoration

Fully built Motor dynoed at 141.5hp at 6300 RPM

Over 120 ft. lbs. torque from 4100 RPM to 6200 RPM

 10.4 to 1  Compression ratio, standard pump fuel

Flowspeed built cylinder head tuned and dynoed

Custom Flowspeed Isky Billet camshafts

Dave Bean supplied internal engine part

Forged pistons

Light weight Alloy flywheel

Most every bolt, nut, and fastener are new and aircraft grade

Flawless yellow body

Light weight bonnet and lightweight trunk lid

Complete new interior, using original Lotus material imported from the UK

Custom made Fiddlewood dashboard

Sony Sound system, 7 speakers with amp, satellite radio, aux input

Moto-Lita steering wheel

Willans Safety harnesses

fire extinguisher

Roll Bar and Side Impact Members

Talbot- Berlin side view mirror

26R headlight conversion

Original frame with matching numbers

Superior to 26R, 52 carefully engineered gussets were added to the frame

Frame, suspension and all accessories finished to highest standards.

Externally adjustable coil over shocks, adjustable for height and shock rate

Small diameter, lightweight coil springs

HD steering column joint

Lightweight Tilton XLT starter

Lightweight alternator upgrade

Electrical master switch

Lightweight Odyssey battery

CV joint conversion

Powder-coated alloy center lock wheels

All braided lines

All components new or rebuilt

Complete frame up body off restoration

Alloy radiator, with electric fan and custom shroud

Custom polished alloy coolant lines

Custom polished aluminum  tig welded Crankcase breather tank , coolant tank and washer tank

Ceramic coated headers, equipped with O2 sensor bung

Stainless steel muffler

Custom high capacity intake air box with K&N filter

Electric fuel pump ,with safety switch

Fuel pressure regulator

Fuelsafe fuel cell in aluminum alloy container

Comp distributor and adjustable rev limiter

Dual 40DCOE weber carburetors

Cartridge water pump upgrade

HD oil pump with spin on oil filter upgrade

Under hood fuel pressure gauge and starter button

Aluminum alloy bell housing, painted inside and out

Not equipped with side windows or top

More info about the incredible motor available here: http://www.flowspeed.com/brady-tc.htm

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