You don’t see this every day, a beautiful red 1969 Lotus Elan FHC! This car has been extremely well maintained and it shows. The car has been garage kept and only used as a fair weather driver.
Electrical- All turn signals, brake lights, headlights, hazards, fog lights, reverse lights, horn, and interior lights operate as they should. The power windows work, however the driver’s side is slow. The generator has been replaced with an alternator and a new wiring harness has been installed. All gauges work although the speedometer needle bounces around +-10 mph or so of actual speed. Very telling of how this car has been kept up that a fiberglass British car has the electrical system in such good order.
Interior- The car shows very well inside. The seats and door panels are in excellent condition. The steering wheel leather is worn which gives it great character. There are a couple small cracks in the dash way up by the window- not visible while driving. Overall the interior is in excellent condition.
Body- The body is straight with no cracks or issues. The paint is very good, like glass and shines nicely. There are a couple small areas showing some spiderwebbing typical of Elan’s, but they are very minor and you have to be looking over the car closely to see them. Much better than most other Elan’s that I have seen. The frame has been coated with a protectant paint and shows no signs of rust.
Engine/Transmission- The Lotus twin cam fires up right away every time with just a touch of choke needed when it is cold out. It settles down to a nice idle when warm. The engine does not smoke or make any weird noises. Engine temps are kept in check with an upgraded radiator, and an electric fan controlled by a switch on drivers side of the car. The car has also been upgraded to electronic ignition. The car has been treated to only high ZDDP engine oil and premium ethanol free gas. The transmission shifts through all 4 gears smoothly and the clutch take up and engagement are equally smooth and positive.
Suspension/Brakes- The car tracks perfectly straight down the road while cruising. The brakes stop the car as they should with zero pull to either side. The tires are a couple years old and have very few miles on them. The car retains the original style rotoflex joints. The suspension is nice and tight which brings us to the reason you buy this car- the handling! If you have never driven a well sorted Elan, it is awesome. You would never guess a car that rides this well could corner with such authority. There is nothing like a 1,600 lbs sports car!