A lightweight two-seater sports car designed by Ron Hickman, the Lotus Elan was the brand’s first road-going model to use a steel backbone chassis with fiberglass bodywork and features a Ford-derived powertrain as well as four-wheel disc brakes and independent suspension. This 1966 example is an Elan S3 Coupe finished in yellow over a black vinyl interior and equipped with a 1.6-liter inline-four engine with dual overhead camshafts, Weber carburetors, and a 4-speed manual transmission. This classic British sports car was acquired by the seller just over a year ago and is now being offered for auction out of California.
The fiberglass fixed-roof bodywork of this Lotus Elan S3 is finished in yellow and has been customized with an S4-style hood bulge, body-color bumpers, and a Vitaloni driver’s side mirror. Other equipment includes a center-mounted tailpipe, pop-up headlamps, a polished fuel cap, and chrome brightwork for the window surrounds, door handles, badging, and trunk lid hinges. It rides on 13” alloy wheels which are fastened with three-earned knockoffs and dressed in Kumho Solus TA11 tires. The seller describes the paint to be in good overall condition while noting some cosmetic damage present on the driver’s side rear bumper. Detailed images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin is appointed with black vinyl upholstery complemented by matching carpets and a woodgrain dashboard fascia. Accessories include a pair of bucket seats with safety harnesses, a roll bar with integrated headrests, a three-spoke MOMO steering wheel, a wooden gear knob, a fire extinguisher, Smiths instrumentation, power windows, and a padded center armrest. The seller notes some separation of the driver’s side door panel.
Based on the Ford Kent Pre-Crossflow engine, this Elan is equipped with a 1.6-liter "Lotus TwinCam" inline-four featuring dual overhead camshafts, dual Weber carburetors, and an output of up to 105 HP and 108 lb.-ft of torque. The rear wheels are driven through a 4-speed manual transmission and the chassis features four-wheel independent suspension as well as disc brakes at each corner. The seller indicates a new brake master cylinder and battery were installed during their ownership and reports that the parking brake may not be working properly.
This sale will include a spare tire and a clean title.