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1965 Lotus Elan S2

The British automakers, in the post-War era, had built a respectable resume for building high-performance open two-seaters and coupes. Each were different in character from each other, and each were destined to become a valuable classic. One sophisticated little jewel was produced by Colin Chapman. His Lotus Elan featured a welded steel backbone chassis supporting a fully independent suspension incorporating the ingenious Chapman strut layout at the rear. Nestled comfortably between two front arms of the chassis, the powerplant was basically a ford block with Lotus's own aluminum twin-overhead camshaft cylinder head. Originally, it displaced 1498cc. Later, it was enlarged, reaching a size of 1558cc. Since the Elan weighed a mere 1526 lbs., this proved more than adequate to propel the sports car to high speeds.

The Elan had molded fiberglass bodywork. Aided by well-chosen close ratios, the Elan had a top speed in the neighborhood of 120 mph.

The Elan was a capable driver, having a light and direct steering, and powerful and progressive braking. The Elan soon became the company's best seller by a wide margin.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2012

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In 1957, the Lotus Company owned by Colin Chapman was on the verge of bankruptcy. The success of the Elan is one of the main reasons Lotus is now a successful corporation. The lightweight fiberglass body fitted to a steel backbone chassis provided excellent performance and amazing handling. Mr. Ron Hickman was the designer of Elan and a former employee of the Ford Corporation. The Elan was available....
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Recalling Sixties spy-fi show The Avengers, the first thing men of a certain age remember is Mrs Peels black leather cat suit. But the characters object of desire was her cute-as-a-button Lotus Elan. The Elan was launched in October 1962 at the British Motorshow, just as the Sixties started swinging. Jaguar had launched the E-Type the previous year, and AC had the Cobra and Ferrari the GTO. Big,....
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The Lotus Elan was the first modern roadster. That may sound like quite a claim, especially considering that novel cars like the MGB were also around for 1962. The Elan, though, had something no other cars of its time had, or rather it had a combination of traits that none of its contemporaries could match. The Elan was purposeful and cohesive. While a car like the MGB used advanced unitary construction,....
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1965 Vehicle Profiles

1965 Lotus Elan S2 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 26-S2-34

This car was built to full racing specifications by Lotus Components Ltd. The S2 Denotes it to a Series 2 version of the 26R.....[continue reading]

1965 Lotus Elan S2 vehicle information

Convertible

The Lotus Elan Series 2 was produced from 1964 through 1966. Production of the S1 through the S3 was 7,895 cars. 'Lightweight' was always Lotus-founder Colin Chapman's first watchword. His second was 'simple' and third, 'aerodynamic.' The first Elans....[continue reading]

1965 Lotus Elan S2 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 26/4530
Engine Num: LP3132

The Lotus Elan Roadster was introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show in October of 1962. They continued Chapman's principles of combining lightweight aerodynamic coachwork with brakes, suspension and transmission from a race car. ....[continue reading]

1965 Lotus Elan S2 vehicle information

Convertible

This Elan was hit badly in the rear and then left in a field in Michigan for nearly 40 years. Classic Motorsports called it 'restoration impossible'. Two years ago the current owners dragged it home and in 14 months completed a restoration in their h....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 26-S2-34 
Convertible
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 26/4530 
Convertible
 

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1965 Elan S2
$4,200-$24,400
1965 Lotus Elan S2 Base Price : $4,200

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lotus
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)

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