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1972 LOTUS ELAN SPRINT - £37,500

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THE SALEThis lovely restored Lotus Elan Sprint is coming up for sale. Our estimate is £35,000 to £40,000 (hence the middle price of £37.5k listed here) - get in touch with us to secure a deal before it goes to auction. Visit the link below to see over 300 images and videos of this special car and also watch an interview with the owner.https://www.tradeclassics.com/auctions/lotus/1972-lotus-elan-sprint/OUR CLIENTMeet Peter, a former customer of ours having bought a Jaguar XK8 that we consigned from a private collection last year. Now hes consigned his little Lotus Elan Sprint to us to find a new owner, and what an example it is.Like us all here at Trade Classics, Peter is a petrol head through and through and hes owned many Lotus examples over the years; owning his first when he was only 20 years old. He has owned ten cars over the years, to name but a few: Lotus 7; Sprints; Europa; Elans and +2s. Along with his passion for cars, he also loves classic motorbikes and has a few that he enjoys and takes to shows.This Elan has been restored over a number of years, most recently in 2015 by the well known Kessel family, by their Kessel Classic division. Looking through the paperwork quickly, you can see the car has had in-excess of £40,000 spent on it to bring it to this condition.Peter has only owned this car for around 6 months before deciding that he really needs to sell it. As Peter says himself The unfortunate thing about it is, with my progressing years, and my arthritis, I am suffering rather to drive a sports car with a competition clutch. And with that, the car is up for sale to find a new owner.THE EXTERIORThe exterior on this Lotus Elan Sprint is in really good condition. Finished in the Gold Leaf livery, it looks fast even when stationary.Wheels & TyresSitting on period steel knock-off wheels, and wrapped in 13 Michelin tyres all around. They look to have been refurbished as part of the restoration and so are in excellent condition. Please watch the video and take a look at the images.BodyworkThe bodywork on this car looks great. Shut-lines look correct across the whole car. The underside of the car looks very clean, testament to the car not having been driven through the harsh UK climate since its restoration. Peter believes that the car stands on its original chassis given the mileage of the car, and taking a look underneath, however this isnt verified. Watch the video for the detail.PaintFinished in the Gold Leaf livery some 5 years ago (so any cracking/crazing of the body will have shown up by now), this wasnt the original colour as you can see from the provenance letter from the Lotus archives, but they have done a great job during the restoration. There is some very faint and slight crazing in the tell-tale places like where the wiper arms go into the scuttle, typical of a fibre-glass bodied car like an Elan Sprint. There is some slight micro-blistering in the paint on the front nearside wheel arch, the only blemish on an excellent restoration job we could see. Take a look at the video review to see all the panels up close.Glass and TrimEverything looks really good on this car, the brightwork is lovely and the windscreen and door windows all look great too. The soft-top roof was in the boot, since it was a hot day we didnt bother putting it up, but it also looked new in-line with the restoration age.THE INTERIORAlong with the exterior and mechanical restoration on this car, the interior has been re-trimmed too and looks really smart in the dark colour.Seats and CarpetsThe seats are trimmed in a dark blue leather, and the carpets are a black colour; all look in great condition and very smart. Watch the video and images to see the condition and quality.DashboardWood veneer trim across the dash, and the switch gear and dials all look really good. We would guess that they were refurbished and/or replaced during the restoration given how good they look. Take a look at the video to review the condition.Steering Wheel / Gear StickWood trimmed steering wheel and gear stick on this car. Both look in good condition, and match the rest of the cabin nicely. Take a look at the photographs.MECHANICSPeter took me on some country roads in the local area to show what this car is really about, a spirited drive with the wind in our hair.Engine and GearboxThe car started from stone cold without issue. There was a little blueish smoke, this is common with this DOHC design, a result of oil drainage, but youll see in the video no smoke once the car has been run. Peter put the car through its paces, and the gearbox responded to his inputs wit

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