1964 Lotus Elan Series 1

Lot: 246

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 1.558L 1964 Lotus Elan S1 manual that has been with the current owner for the last 5 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores an impressive 106 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Recent meticulous rebuild including new chassis...


  • Restoration utilised as many original parts as possible, refurbishing where required
  • Engine rebuilt (rebore and crank regrind). Gearbox restored along with a new clutch
  • GPR body carefully repaired and resprayed in Lotus Yellow
  • Care and attention lavished on restoring interior including great looking wooden dashboard
  • All suspension components and brakes have been rebuilt
  • Enjoy the magic Chapman chassis with handling and poise rarely found in modern cars



Lot Details

Registration: ARU 331B RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1964 Engine size: 1.558L
Make: Lotus Odometer reading (miles): 76000
Model: Elan S1 MOT expiry: 2019-09-23
Warranted: No Chassis number: 263742

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 106 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Restoration starting with a new chassis, with as much of the original car as possible. The GRP body was carefully repaired, with particular attention being paid to those areas where Series 1 cars are known to 'stretch', and was then treated to a full respray in Lotus Yellow.   


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Apart from the door cards, the car's trim had survived well and was re-installed. The wooden dashboard was totally restored at considerable cost and now looks fabulous.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


The engine was removed and sent to Owlesbury Crankshaft Services where the cylinder block was rebored and the crank reground. Once back at Startline Services, it was re-assembled with a new clutch and installed back into the chassis.


Gears: Drive-shaft:

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


The front and rear suspension and brakes were all rebuilt.


Minor: Major:

Vehicle History


Offered here is a rare and beautiful example of a Series I Lotus Elan drophead coupe, first registered on the 7th July 1964. Our vendor, a chartered surveyor by profession, discovered this car in 2014 in a barn on one of his site visits and, after some negotiations, persuaded the previous owner to part with this very early car. It had been languishing for some time and consequently needed a comprehensive restoration. Our vendor has been involved in motorsport in his spare time for many years and had experience of the abilities of the team at Startline Services so they were entrusted with returning the Elan to life.  Our vendor had been keen to keep the Elan looking as original as possible and one of the best things about Elans is that nearly everything is available from specialists with Paul Matty, in particular, retaining a huge quantity of new /old stock for these delightful little cars. 

About the Condition Report

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history