Project Car Heaven or Hell? 1965 Lotus Elan S2
I’ve purchased a few disassembled project cars over the years to question my own sanity, but I can tell you for certain that I’ve learn a few important things. The first is that you shouldn’t buy a disassembled project car and the second is…oh…that’s it. But. BUT…when I see something like this car, I can’t help but think, “how bad can it be…what if the owner DOES have all of the parts necessary to reassemble it” and then I remember that I still don’t have functioning reverse lights on a car I’ve owned for 20 years because the previous owner swapped the transmission and didn’t finish the job. But…do you know much an assembled Elan costs? Find this 1965 Lotus Elan S2 in pieces offered for $15,000 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.
From the seller:
1965 Lotus Elan S2
cylinders: 4 cylinders
odometer rolled over
paint color: blue
title status: clean
1965 Lotus Elan S2 project
$15k or best offer
Barn find (ok suburban garage, but close enough)
Stored inside for 30 years
Right-hand drive, convertible
Clean California title with current registration
Stack of receipts from the late 80s including:
Brand new Spyder chassis imported from UK
Lacquer paint in Lagoon Blue with sprint style gold/white stripes
Engine rebuilt (but has been sitting all that time, will need new seals)
701M engine block, Weber head, Sprint valves, DeLong cams
Everything is there to complete this project,
2 sets of Weber carbs, wiring harness, gauges, door handles, carpet kit, etc
EXCEPT: it is missing the seats
Family health issues force sale
See a better way to spend the next two decades sorting out issues? firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Put all the bits back together and be a little (or a lot) underwater (oh wait, that’s the Esprit joke)
B: Sell the expensive bits and put together a more modern, powerful, and trouble-free powertrain (CV joints for example instead of those stale bagels), maybe move the driver’s chair to the left.
C: Daydream about Emma Peel popping over to borrow the car.
Hmm yes C: it is.
I’ve gotta start watching The Avengers, stat.
Fingernails that shine like justice
This car is about the easiest restoration for its condition around. New chassis, fresh, well old fresh motor. Not only lightness but simplicity was added to these cars, with the exception of those blasted donuts. The seats had no adjustment so I’d thing a decent shop could easily fabricate a pair.
But damn. That’s some real money for all it needs.