The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Lotus Elan S4. We make the process of selling your Lotus Elan S4 quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Lotus Elan was sold between 1963-1974 by the British automaker Lotus. It was, and still is, the quintessential 1960s British sports car. With its pop-up headlights, curved windshield, and roll-up windows, it was a hit of a sports car. It came as a 2-door coupe and the popular convertible, 2-door drop top. It is well known from its appearance in the TV show “The Avengers.”
The Elan used a backbone frame covered with a fiberglass body. It had four-wheel independent suspension and a tight turning radius. It was known for its comfort and handling. However, it was not a good car for someone over 6 ft tall. Big people had to drive with the top down and their elbow out the window.
It used a Ford 115 horsepower 1600-cc four-cylinder engine that featured Lotus’s own twin-cam head, like used in the Lotus Cortina. It featured dual double barrel carburetors. Weighing only 1,420 pounds, it was a very light car. Cars travel 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The quarter-mile time was 15.7 seconds.
The Elan 1600 was produced in 1963, followed by the Elan S2 in 1964, and then the S3 in 1965. The S4 was introduced 1968 and the Elan Sprint was introduced in 1970. Around 10,000 Elan cars were produced in all. Their construction was light weight and many cars have succumbed to accident damage or rust. The few that remain are valued by collectors.