Room For Four! 1973 Lotus Elan +2/130

From 1962-75, Lotus Cars produced the Elan, a British-built rear-wheel-drive sports car. Beginning in 1967, they added a 2+2 version with a longer wheelbase and more passenger room to attract buyers with small children. This 1973 is one of the later +2’s and comes with a larger twin-cam “big valve” engine. The interior has been removed in preparation for a restoration that the next owner will need to complete. Located in Pittsford, New York, this rare project is available here on Facebook Marketplace for $8,500.

The target demographic for the Lotus Elan +2 was a young couple with small children who wanted a sporty car but also needed additional room. Although it was bigger to accommodate two more seats, the design of the Elan +2 was much like the 2-seater Elan. It continued with the use of a backbone chassis and fiberglass body, powered by a Lotus 1558 cc engine and a 4 or 5-speed transmission. Even some of the suspension components were shared with the smaller Elan.

Production numbers for Lotus cars are always fuzzy but estimates for output of the Elan +2 range between 3,300 and 5,200 copies, of which the seller’s project car is one of them. Either way, given the limited number that made it to the U.S., few of these machines can be roaming the highways anymore. At less than 45,000 miles, this Elan needs a restoration, but the body looks like it’s a solid candidate to work with. The yellow paint doesn’t look bad, at least in the photos provided.

Some of the interior has been removed and things like the headliner and carpeting will need replacing. We don’t know if the drivetrain is functional or whether rebuilding it needs to be included in the to-do list. Once restored as stock, this Lotus could have a top speed of 120 mph and reach 0 to 60 in under eight seconds. So, these British sports cars were no slouches in the performance department. Is there room for this rarity in your garage?


  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Never saw one that high off the ground. If it’s rust free on the underside it could be a good deal.

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  2. Slomoogee

    I like this Lotus. I think it may be a deal for 8500……. But a few questions need answers. Hows the engine and transmission?and what’s going on with the raised rear end. That’s for starters. Simple interiors if all the little trim pieces are there.

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  3. fran

    Wouldn’t it be nice is it was advertised on a site that everyone can get to, we will not go on Facebook for anything.

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  4. John Walsh

    Wow. That big valve engine is worth the 8.5 USD being asked for the car. In the UK we would be ripping the buyers hands off. Even if requiring a full restoration.
    Nice find.

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    • Martin Horrocks

      Exactly John. This is a bargain, even if the chassis is rusty.

      I’m also of the view that the +2 is a very good car in its own right. The extra space makes it more usable and the tradeoff is actually not much.

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  5. Howie Mueler

    Nice, does it run? No engine photos, listed 17 weeks ago.

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