1969 Lotus Elan Plus 2 with Cosworth BDR

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Color:Brooklands Green
Interior Color:Black
Engine:1700 cc Cosworth BDR
Number of Cylinders:4
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I am re-listing with a start price and reserve. I know some people did not have time to come see the car; please come for a test DRIVE!
Car was completely restored after my purchase. As can be seen from the photos, this was a true frame off restoration with extensive renovation. Driven 9650 miles since restoration.
Renovation and upgrades Included:
Chassisstripped to bare metalChassisreinforced at front cross member back to engine mounts and underdifferential in preparation for substantial power increase.Chassiswas primed and painted.Body:Therewas damage in several areas. Everythingwas repaired including “welding” in one replacement door sill.Allcracks reinforced on back sideAllstress cracks repaired with tissue glass on front side, filled andleveled.Enginebay totally restoredRebuiltone door sill reinforcing steel tubeAllrubber parts and bushes replaced.Allfasteners with a few exceptions replaced.Newadjustable rear SPAX shock and new LotoconesNewadjustable SPAX front ShocksAllcalipers rebuilt including new pistonsNewhandbrake cableLargerthan stock rear pads in stock calipersDiscsall turnedReplacedone bent suspension armNewball joints and trunion insertsTrunionkit and tie rod ends just replaced this summerNewrear wheel bearingsWheelsall sandblasted, epoxy primed and finished coated: black on back and Lt.Titanium frontSteeringrack rebuilt to spec with new bootsHoodre-shaped for a BD wedge in place of Stromberg hump. Renovation of Drive Train:
Allsteel parts cleaned and paintedDiff.seals replacedAddedS130 stiffening bracketRebuiltclutch slave cylinder Newsmall bore master cylinder (no booster system for very firm pedal)Newrelease bearingNewclutch disc - recentNewsteel face on aluminum flywheel – recentCustommade pins to protect rear suspension in case of Rotoflex failure (theywork!)Tires:Michelin XVS-2’s on steel peg drive wheels (center nut)
Ibelieve the Cosworth BD motor conversion is the easiest and most “periodcorrect” engine upgrade for an original Elan or +2DaveBean Stage 3 Motor – rated 190 HP at 9000 RPMThe Bean cams give excellent bottom end and make car a breeze to drive around town with plenty of low end torque even below 3000 RPM
1700cc Cortina block and blueprinted crank and rods – limits motor to 7400RPM; all of the torque of 190 HP motor, likely 175 HP max.45 mmDHLA Delorttos Highcapacity and pressure oil pump (60+ psi)Luminitionignition and Lucas Sport CoilGear-drivestarterBeanexhaust: 4-2-1 to 2 ¼” pipe, ceramic coated, and heat wrappedOneglass pack in middle of car and SuperTrap tunable mufflerColdair intake with large K&N in noseElectricfuel pump plus regulatorCooling:Stockradiator re-cored with extra rowSPALfanTemperatureswitch on engine outletNoseto engine bay sealed for all air thru radiator Electric:
Alternatorwith external voltage regulatorVoltmeter– in place of AmmeterWiringis custom:All16 gauge or heavier16modern fuses versus 4 originalThreeground loopsWiringdiagram, loop sheets, wire and fuse lists available with carRelaysfor headlights, horn, fan and fuel pump Interior:
Solidwalnut custom dash board with multiple coats of lacquerOriginalfront seats restored with repaired / replaced springs and metal parts andnew webbing and foam.Frontseats two panels recently replace with original grain vinyl Rearseats new foam and vinyl and new vinyl on side panelsOriginalre-webbed seat belts (front only)Newcarpets“Stretch”material used for dash, center console and many other soft areas – simplebut not originalDoorpanels done with single sheet of vinyl (Okay but not original; I haveoriginal panels in poor condition.)Newheadliner (Okay but not perfect) Exterior:
Recentwindshield replacementPaintis Jaguar Brooklands GreenEntirebody stripped and repaired (some major) and restored.Firstpaint job blistered after a couple of years due to an error in preparation(used mineral spirits for final wipe down and it stayed in pores in gelcoat.). First paint was a base coat/ clear coat.Hood,trunk and roof have been repainted in same paint code with a single partpaint system – color match is very goodFrom adistance the car looks very good but only close up are the flaws obvious.Driveit like it is or have rest of car repainted.Onlytwo stress cracks have appeared since body restoration (one headlight podand one washer nozzle hole) Sounds System:
AlpineTuner / CD Player plays but does not hold memoryPolkComponent speakers in rear side panels Pricing
It is quite difficult to price such a car. The engine alone is worth at least $15K to the right buyer. Reserve is well below my previous BIN price.
The car has a lot of potential uses. The car can be driven just as it is for general street use and blasting that motor down an open road. Every older Lotus is a project car either needing work like the paint on this one or the owner can always think of a new upgrade he wants to make depending on his intended use. By 1969 standards the car handles very well on the narrow tires. To get the car to handle as good it goes, new wheels and tires would be needed. There are two good choices for the center nut / peg drive wheels from Panasport (13x5) or Minilites (14 x 5 ½). There are lots of good tire choices for these wheels especially the 14” wheels.
You are welcome to ask questions via ebay or come see the car in South Jersey.
Payment: Send $1000 via PayPal within three days of end of auction. We can arrange payment in full and car pick up after order confirmation deposit.

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