LOTUS ELAN 1971 (1971)




The Elan Sprint was the last version of the ever successful Lotus Elan, sold between 1971 and 1973. Considered by some to be an uprated S4, fitted with a more powerful version of the Lotus Twin Cam Engine, Lotus were intent on it being a separate version of the Elan and it was sold and marketed that way from the start.
The Sprint has become one of the more sought after Elan types and is now rare.
The two tone paint livery was introduced for the Sprint, which reflected the sponsorship of Lotus’ Formula One team by Players, the Cigarette Manufacturer. The Gold Leaf branding of red over white was a popular colour combination. An optional single (mono) colour paint scheme was also available. The front and rear bumpers were also re-coloured from silver to gold for the Sprint
The Lotus twin cam engine power was increased by 20% over non-sprint models, The twin cam cylinder head was reworked. The inlet valves were enlarged and the compression ratio was increased by skimming the cylinder head, the camshafts were further modified for improved torque and the port shapes were refined.
Originally fitted with Weber 40 DCOE 31 carburettors these were replaced by Dellorto DHLA 40’s in about May 1972. A service bulletin detailing the changed specifications was issued on 9 June 1972 so Dellorto's must have been fitted to Sprints in the factory by May 1972.
This stunning example is finished in it's original colour of Lotus yellow over white, with a black vinyl interior.
Amazingly this car has had only 3 owners from new, the first one owning it for more than 40 years, which included taking it to Australia with him when he retired there in 2004. The car returned to the UK in 2015, having led a very pampered life, she is still fitted with the original chassis.
Included with the car, are the original handbooks, sales brochure spare keys, workshop manuals and numerous receipts and invoices.
The engine has had a recent major re-build by J & E Engineering of Rossendale. Also the rear axle has been uprated by the fitting of alloy hubs and stronger drive shafts, which replace the fragile rubber doughnuts, which are a well know weak spot on Sprint's.
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  • Mileage: 78,434
  • Year: 1971
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Yellow


  • Engine size (Litres): 1.6
  • Previous owners: 3

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