Promising Project: 1969 Lotus Elan


The seller of the Eclat we featured last week got into the Barn Finds spirit and started searching around online for other cars. He stumbled across this 1969 Lotus Elan and wanted to share it with everyone. It looks a little rough, but is claimed to be solid and rust free. The $10k asking price might seem a little high, but they are including over $6,500 worth of new parts. Sounds like a promising project to us. Take a look at the craigslist ad and let us know what you think. Thanks goes to Sylvio G. for sending this in.


  1. Rancho Bella

    This has been on Ebay at times and Craigslist for a while. 170 h.p………ahhh……really?
    Now, for those who have never driven an old Lotus………it is beyond fun.

  2. Cameron

    Its nice but not the Lotus I would have.

    • paul

      Yeah if your gonna have one it has to be an Elan!

      • paul


  3. Rancho Bella

    David UK

    there is a glorious Elan Plus 2 on ebay in the U.K. with 19 K on the ticker
    Yes……Plus 2’s are my fav

  4. Horse Radisk

    Lotus’ have always been high in regasrs\ds with me.
    others did not think so until recently when even the most unreliable cars (Jaguars, MGs Opels and Audis) have picked up in value.
    So it’s just relatively appreciaating….
    Not too long ago one could buy a ’60ies and ’70ies Lotus for a couple thousand dollars.
    I guess that ship has sailed….
    Now I may not want to sell my original Lotus Eclat anymore…..

  5. Jeff

    Save the 10K and lease a new Elise if you want a driving experience.

    • John

      This is excellent advice.

  6. FRED


  7. Doug Kenney

    This car was bought from an infamously dishonest dealer, so there is no telling about the provenance of this car or its condition. This is one to RUN RUN RUN away from.

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