1975 Lotus Elan Sprint

Lot Number: 454

1975 Lotus Elan Sprint

On offer from the Piddington Collection. The last Elan Sprint to be UK-registered and possibly the best Fixed Head Coupé in existence.

  • Sold for: £45,000

LIVE AUCTION: This lot was auctioned on Saturday 25th February, 2023 at 12.00pm GMT at Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh Rd, Coventry, CV8 2LG

  • Body Colour

    BODY COLOUR
    Carnival Red/Cirrus White

  • Drive

    DRIVE
    RHD

  • Registration Number

    REG NUMBER
    LRP 301P

  • Odometer Reading

    ODOMETER READING
    35982 Miles

SUMMARY

On offer from the Piddington Collection. The last Elan Sprint to be UK-registered and possibly the best Fixed Head Coupé in existence.

DESCRIPTION

The glassfibre-bodied Elan may only have been available initially as a Roadster Kit but its specification was very advanced and adhered to Chapman's 'just add lightness' engineering philosophy. Power came from Harry Mundy's Ford-based Lotus 1,558cc DOHC engine. It was fitted with disc brakes all round, and the independent suspension was set up to optimise ride quality and handling finesse; qualities for which this little car is still admired. It soon sired other derivatives including the Type 26R racer, the Type 36 fixed-head coupe the Type 45 drop-head coupe, and the Type 50 Elan +2 of 1967.

The 1971 Elan Sprint was essentially based on the Series 4 Elan bodyshell and was primarily designed to rekindle demand and improve the performance of the nine-year-old sports car. Conceived by Lotus Sales Director, Graham Arnold, the Sprint's most notable feature was the horizontally-split two-tone paintwork echoing the livery of the Gold Leaf Team Lotus Formula One cars. Meanwhile, providing the 'go to match the show', a new big-valve cylinder head with high-lift cams and a raised compression ratio (the work of Engineering Director Tony Rudd) provided a 25% increase in power to 126bhp. The drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced and the front callipers were redesigned to cope with the increased performance.

LRP 301P was originally supplied by Lotus in kit form to the Ken Myers Partnership who, at that time, were Lotus Main Dealers in Wellingborough Road in Northampton. Ken had planned to build the car as a present for his son Neil on his 18th Birthday but, for some reason, this never happened and consequently, when the car was finished, it was sold to a husband and wife who were both doctors and had been waiting for some time for a new Sprint. They obviously loved their little Elan as they kept it for 39 years until 2014 when it was acquired by our vendor. 

In common with all the Elans in this fabulous collection, the car was entrusted to the well respected team of Ken and Neil Myers (in this case the car's original builders), to commence a full body-off, restoration to standards that our vendor describes as "beyond Concours". Pleasingly the chassis, body and engine are all original and the car was re-finished in its original Sprint colours of Carnival Red and Cirrus White with Gold Lacquer front and rear bumpers, low-gloss black wheels with stainless 'Rimbellishers' and gold sidewinder decals. The results are simply spectacular with the car being described by a well known marque expert as "Probably the best FHC Sprint in the world".

We understand that after completion of the two-year restoration, the Lotus was started and fully checked before being popped into its heated, carpeted garage where it has remained and has never been driven on the road. Interested parties are encouraged to view this exceptional motor car to appreciate the sheer quality on offer.

The car is accompanied by an original Elan tool kit and an interesting history file with hundreds of photographs, an MOT history, old MOTs, V5s etc, lots of interesting correspondence (our vendor owned the whole Collection), an Owners Handbook, an Elan 4 Service Book, an Elan Sprint brochure and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIFICATION

Lot Number
454
Make
LOTUS
Model
ELAN SPRINT
Registration Number
LRP 301P
MOT Expiry
Exempt
Chassis Number
72100565E
Engine Number
N28137
Transmission
Manual
Body Colour
Carnival Red/Cirrus White

CONSIGNOR

Consignor

For further information regarding this lot please contact Rob.

CONTACT

SHARE THIS LOT

SEE IT IN ACTION

SEE IT IN ACTION

Motor Cars

Please note that due to venue restrictions no vehicles can be moved until 9am on Monday 27th February and we need to be clear of the venue by 12 noon. Full payment must be received before any item is available to be released.

Our transport partner, EM Rogers, can assist with collection and delivery. Please contact them on +44 (0) 1604 755511 or trafficdesk@emrogers.co.uk for a quote.

Any cars not collected by 12 noon on Monday 27th February will be taken to EM Rogers storage facility in Northampton for a fee of £175 + VAT. Storage will be charged at £10 + VAT per day from the Monday onwards.

Automobilia

Automobilia can be collected from the auction hall on the Sunday or on Monday morning between 9am and 12 noon by prior arrangement. After this time, it can be collected from our offices in Warwickshire or shipped to you at your expense.

Enjoy the excitement of bidding, knowing your budget has been approved and confirmed by your dedicated Account Manager at Oracle Car Finance. For further information simply click HERE for your free quote or call 03308 387 7491.

Oracle Finance

Buying anything at an auction is an exhilarating experience and it is easy to get caught up in the moment of seeing these fantastic cars, from roaring supercars to our much-loved classics, parading up and down the runway.

With our car auction finance experts, alongside our growing panel of specialist lenders, we may be able to get you pre-approved for your bespoke car finance package before you start the excitement of bidding at the event. Just one of the benefits of speaking to a member of our award-winning team here at Oracle Car Finance, is that we could help get you approved at the top end of your budget with an agreement in principle on any UK auction vehicle, so that you’re ready to bid confidently should your dream car sell at a higher price than expected. This agreement in principle tends to be valid between 30 and 90 days.

Get a free quote

Our Official Car Finance Provider, Oracle Finance, is the UK’s No.1 funder for prestige, sports and classic cars and can provide funding options for any vehicle, from £25,000 to multi-million pound classics and supercars.

A classic car or motorcycle is a source of great pride and enjoyment but, whether your car or motorcycle is in storage or on the road, you’ll need a specialist insurance policy. We have partnered with Howden Insurance a leading insurance brokers with a team dedicated to classic cars and motorcycles. They cover a vast array of classic and vintage models and only work with insurers who provide a great service and share our passion for the classic motor industry.

For a personal classic car or classic motorcycle quote, visit:

www.howdeninsurance.co.uk/iconic-auctioneers

Newsletter Sign Up

Keyword Alerts

NewsletterNewsletter