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1966 Lotus Elan Base 1.6L

Posted Mar 16, 2024 | Hits
Make: Lotus
Model: Elan
Country: USA
Region: TX
City: Laredo
Zip: 78040
Body Style: Convertible
Year: 1966
Mileage: 92859 Miles
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Gasoline
Doors: 2
Color: Red
Engine: 1.6
Condition: Used
1966 in RESTORED,turn key condition. i bought this car for my birthday many years ago, it was a rust free ,restored car. i purchased the car and then fine tuned the car. the engine transmission and rear end has been restored/ rebuilt. i got rid of the dreadful 4 wheel independant rubber donuts on the axel shafts which work like universal joints. the factory donuts do not last, the rubber cracks and virtually come apart like an old rubber band. i replaced mine before it left me stranded. a friend who works on these told me colin chapman must have had a mistress who sold them, otherwise there would be no other reason to use them!!LOL- there is a company in austraila who sells( expensive) but a quality conversion to covert them to normal universal joints. it works perfectly. what i have learned about lotus's over the last 50 years is they bodies normally have lots of stress cracks. these cars were built light as a feather to give them the OUTSTANDING performance they have. the other problems they have usually are connected to how light weight they are,(flimsey door hinges on the europa model) ,etc. this car i have worked all the normal bugs out of. the electric windows work perfectly, has a quality becker radio, the top does not have a wrinkle in it( stretches real tight an looks properly) , the engine has the upgraded( and expensive) weber carbs. they perform wonderfully. the transmission has perfect syncronizers on all 4 gears. the suspension is also in great shape. the body in 6 years has not developed one stress crack ..the paint is glossy and the tires are perfect . the interior is in great shape as well. the varnish on the wood dash is high gloss . it is stored in a climate controlled building. to sum it up, this car is a turn key-nothing needs to be done to the car. it even has a fresh battery in it within the last 6 months. the engine does not smoke what so ever either. another problem they often have is the air tank (that controls the pop up headlights) often rust from salted roads in northern climates. this one works perfectly with no rust issues. all electrical items function as new even the dash map light works. all toggle switches are factory originals as well. i am only selling it because i have found a xk120 jaguar i want to purchase. and it necessitates me selling my lovely lotus. otherwise i would not be selling it. it is a opportunity to buy a fully sorted out lotus from a guy who has owned british cars since age 15( my fIrst was a MGA).--ONE OTHER THING IS PERFORMANCE: if you have not ever owned or driven one of these they are little pocket rocket cars. if you ever decide to enter a auto cross ;if you are up against a lotus you will probably NEVER win( unless you own a lotus), they are the best handling cars i have ever driven,PERIOD.I ALSO OWN A FUEL INJECTED 57 CORVETTE. the corvettes were well respected in their day for speed. this little lotus makes the corvette look like the village idiot in performance. its hard to believe a 1600 cc motor propels the car so fast. also the lotus engine( ford block based) is nearly indestructable. itis a real well engineered engine. and the transmission could not be spaced any better between will truely see the racing heritage in driving one of these.i have had everything from bug eye sprites to a couple V 12 ferraris, and there is NOTHING that handles better than a vintage lotus.
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