Built upon a backbone chassis and considered by many the first ‘modern’ sports car and regarded as one of the best handling cars ever made, which is quite some tribute, the Elan was indeed one of, if not the best handling, and most influential cars of its kind. The definitive SE arrived in 1966 with an uprated 1.5L engine, power brakes, close ratio gearbox and taller final drive.
The work was finished in 2014 under the watchful eye and skilled hands of premier Elan expert Brian Buckland, who traveled from the UK on three occasions to see this car. The engine was rebuilt by Duffee Motorsports, with the cylinder head and carburetors done by James Unsworth.The previous owner had enjoyed, maintained, and restored the Elan for almost 50 years as a true labor of love.
With an undamaged from new body, a very important consideration in these very vulnerable to crash damage fiber glass cars, and with body parts now very hard to come by, this car is a very rare opportunity being offered from this long term ownership and restored to an extraordinary standard, this special Elan SE stands out as most fitting example of the rich Lotus heritage and is ready for the most fastidious collector’s collection! This is a rare opportunity to own a very rare and internationally desirable 1969 Lotus SE with no examples available anywhere close to this particular car’s condition and a great addition for any American or indeed British classic sports car collector or enthusiast to add to their collection or obviously any ‘Lotus’ enthusiast!
Mechanical inspections welcomed; if you wish to inspect the vehicle you must do so before bidding; upon request seller will be happy to deliver the vehicle to a local Torrance, CA or Santa Monica, CA mechanic of your choice for your prepaid inspection before the reserve price is met.