Needs a little love: ’70 Lotus Elan Series 4
When you hear Lotus, you think of all of the innovation Colin Chapman brought to the art of sports car manufacturing. It became the essential British Sports Car of the ’60s. Light weight, a reasonably stiff backbone chassis, a willing twin-cam engine and a perfectly tuned suspension translated into loads of fun…if you were less than 6 feet tall. Elans are pretty small. At 1517 pounds it could sprint to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Not too shabby for a car with 110hp. We have one of our frequent contributors to thank for this one. Micheal M. has a knack for selecting original cars that just need a little bit of love to be a better car. He is absolutely right with this Elan Series 4 Drophead. It is a 2-owner car, in California with only 62,000 miles. The listing tells us the Twin Cam engine was treated to a rebuild 13,000 miles ago. The suspension was redone about the same time. The interior is original and it still travels with its original tool kit, spare wheel and tonneau. We like the asking price at $29,500 because we can probably buy it for a bit less. That would be smack dab in the #3 condition price range which this is. And without a ton of money and lots of elbow grease, we bet you could get it a lot better. Click here for the listing.