BaT Auction: 1969 Lotus Elan S4
This 1969 Lotus Elan S4 was purchased by the previous owner out of Huntington Bay, New York in 1982 and remained with him until the seller’s acquisition five years ago. The 1.6L twin-cam four is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and was modified by the previous owner with an exhaust header, gear-reduction starter motor, and electric fans. The carburetors were serviced and the head rebuilt last month, and a 2014 service included a new water pump and clutch. Finished in red over black, this Elan is now being offered with spares, factory and Buckland service manuals, the factory steel wheels, records back to 1982, and a clean Pennsylvania title in the seller’s name.
Originally finished in a lighter shade, the car was reportedly repainted to its present red in the early 1980s. The side-marker lights were removed, and the paint and weatherstripping are stated to be showing their age.
Vredestein Sprint tires are mounted on 13″ Panasport wheels. The original steel wheels are included, but two are said to be out of round. The soft top and its rear window are further detailed in the gallery below. Two aluminum rocker finishing pieces are not fitted but are included in the sale.
The seats show some blemishes and tears at the seams. The gas gauge is not accurate, and the emergency brake is out of adjustment and does not work. The electrics are said to function with the exception of some indicator lights on the dash, such as the emergency-brake light, which has been disconnected. An aftermarket Blaupunkt CD head unit is installed.
Smiths gauges include a 140-mph speedometer and an 8,000-rpm tachometer with redline indicated at 6,500 rpm. The tachometer is reported to occasionally jump, while the odometer shows 9k miles and is believed to represent mileage added since being reset circa 1984 after a restoration. The seller has added about 1,300 miles over the last five years.
The 1.6L DOHC inline-four is a replacement engine fitted by a previous owner and is stamped with the number LP 1006. The engine also features an aftermarket header, gear-reduction starter, and electric cooling fans. The later-model federal head was rebuilt in September 2018, and the carburetors were cleaned and balanced at the same time. The head rebuild included new valves, valve guides, shims, and head gasket, and the seller reports post-rebuild compression numbers of 145, 150, 150, and 155 psi, as well as slight oil leaks. A 2014 service included a new oil-pan gasket, water pump, clutch assembly, front and rear main seals, front cover, engine paint, and spark plugs. The radiator has recently been flushed and leak-tested.
Additional images of the undercarriage can be viewed in the gallery. The chassis has been fitted with adjustable rear dampers, a replacement right rear hub carrier, and a CV-joint driveshaft conversion. Note the overspray from the older repaint.
The sale includes extensive records dating back to 1982, as well as Buckland and factory service manuals, the factory steel wheels, a tonneau cover, a Technalon car cover, and a jack. Spares are shown in the gallery and include the original half-shafts, cross-over pipes, and exhaust manifold, as well as smaller items such as oil filters, gaskets, and spark plugs.
A walkaround video can be viewed above.
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