1964 Lotus Elan S1 1600 Convertible

When a seller lists “a magnet with associated nuts and bolts stuck to it” among the spares offered, it’s time to run for the hills

As described by the seller on eBay Motors: I’m listing this car for a friend. Wow! Super-rare! 1964 Lotus Elan S1. Red with black interior and black convertible top. 44,500 miles showing on the odometer.

This 1964 Lotus Elan has been sitting for years in a garage and will require a full restoration. I looked under the car and didn’t see any significant rust or damage on the frame or suspension. The car is not running. It appears to be complete, including convertible top and tonneau cover, tire jack, etc. The roof framing is in nice condition. There are three original Lotus hubcaps, an extra steering wheel, radiator and air intake hoses sitting in the trunk.

There is no key. The glass is good, including the manual slide-up side windows. The engine is a twin-cam with dual Weber carburetors. This would make a great restoration project or vintage race car. (It’s too good and too rare to use as a parts car.) The car comes with a bill of sale only. Title was lost years ago in a paper shuffle.

Stephen Serio

Stephen Serio - SCM Contributor

Stephen is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. HIs vintage-Porsche-driving wife, Amanda, tolerates this all nicely.

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