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Drivetrain Class: RWD
Engine Class: 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated
Rating: average rating is 2.7 from 10 Votes  (2.7)
Profile Rankings
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Ranking: 95/356 95 / 356
Drivetrain Class HP
Ranking: 65/75 65 / 75
Drivetrain Class Qtr Mile
Ranking: 45/50 45 / 50
Engine Class HP
Ranking: 17/36 17 / 36
Engine Class Qtr Mile
Ranking: 11/16 11 / 16

General Information Car Directory
Member: TheG
Vehicle: 1973 Lotus Elan +2S 130/5 ( More )
Location: UK
Last Updated: 30th July, 2003
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TheG's Comments:

I bought this car earlier this year (2003) in February. I love classic cars and I'd always wanted a Lotus, so this was kind of a dream come true. I'm still in the honeymoon period (nothing's broken yet!) so I can't imagine EVER selling this car. Though I'll keep an eye out for the two-seater Elans, the +2 is a unique car in it's own right, with a distinctly different (and in my opinion, nicer) body shape.

Modification Listing
Exhaust System:

"Meatier" than the standard fitting.


It used to be two-tone paintwork. I hate two-tone. It's now a nice dark metallic green all over. Much nicer.

Fuel System:

Steel braided fuel lines. 60s and 70s Elans are renowned for bursting in to flames. This is because if the fuel lines (originally rubber) perish they squirt fuel straight on to the dizzy cap. Not good!


Central locking and alarm/immobiliser.

Stereo System: $50

Nothing serious. Who needs a stereo? The engine sounds fantastic! Just a couple of speakers so you can actually HEAR the radio!

Performance Statistics Top Rankings
Power Output: 130 wheel hp
Torque: 142 Nm
0 - 100km/hr: 7.4
Quarter Mile: 16

Performance Comments:

There's an accurate data sheet on these cars at
(see the bottom of the page).

It's an old car, so it's not lightening fast but it's great fun. The real trick with your classic Lotus is that it's very low, handles like an absolute dream and is light as a feather. It's 130BHP from a 1558cc block. Not bad going really considering there are no turbos or fuel injection systems or anything fancy like that. Just a naturally aspirated engine in factory trim. And (apparently) if you take the factory fitted rev limiter off they'll happily go much higher than the limited 6,500 rpm without engine damage. Though I'm not about to try as an engine rebuild would cost a fortune!

Photo Album Members Gallery

Opposite front corner.

The proud owner (I don't have the mullet any more though!)

Interior shot (of sorts!)

The dashboard.

The other back corner.

The engine bay. It's well packed in!

From the back.

Parked on my parents' driveway.
Readers Comments
Posted by: ODIN on July 21, 2003 [ Car Profile ]

Nice Lotus thumbup.gif Im a sucker for a Late 80s' - early 90's turbo Esprit meself smile.gif The green suits the car too.

Posted by: TheG on July 21, 2003 [ Car Profile ]

Thanks! biggrin.gif My mate was looking at an Esprit too. He wanted an early 80s one though. Unfortunately the place we went to (Haven Cars) was like the place Lotus' go to die! It was genuinely upsetting! wacko.gif wink.gif

He kept his cheque book firmly in his pocket...

Posted by: mx68u on July 22, 2003 [ Car Profile ]

oh well at least you have a place to source parts if nothing else smile.gif

i must say something like an 80's lotus would be fantastic to drive, that light weight, high output revving engine and rwd drive would be heaps and heaps of fun. Had a look in the trading post to possibly start dreaming, unfortunately they are fetching minimum of 30k for early 70 late 60 models... might have to wait a while ohmy.gif

Posted by: dub on July 27, 2003 [ Car Profile ]

I love it, their a great car- so tempramental, so British.

It's hard not to love the sound of those carby's either.

Posted by: TheG on July 29, 2003 [ Car Profile ]

Yer. It's lovely. It sounds like you're in an old World War 2 fighter plane when you put your foot down! biggrin.gif You're right though. They can be really temperamental.

I've added some more photos too.

Posted by: Guest_Guest_TheG on October 25, 2003

The little car gave me a hell of a fright last weekend. Started pissing petrol everywhere. An engine fire waiting to happen! ohmy.gif

Fortunately it didn't, and it turned out to be a sticking float in one of the carbs that freed itself. Thank God! I was reaching for my cheque book... ermm.gif

Posted by: ODIN on October 25, 2003 [ Car Profile ]

very lucky indeed!

Posted by: TheG on January 7, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Happy New Year everybody! biggrin.gif

A bit of money spent on the old car over Xmas. It was becoming harder and harder to start, so I took it to a local mechanic and he dismantled the distributor. It was full of muck and water, so no surprise it wasn't starting!! Starts first time now though. When I got it back I took the battery to be tested. It was knackered so I got a new (heavy duty!) battery. I also wired out the battery isolator switch, which I suspected wasn't helping. It had really thin wires on it so it probably was struggling to push enough current to the starter motor. Starts on the key every morning now! Hurrah!

Oh, and I fitted a new headlamp. £10! Humph!

Posted by: TheG on February 27, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

D'oh! The MOT (UK road safety check) cost me £240!! sad.gif

Never mind. The only real problem was a new seat belt (the original 30 year old one was still fitted!) The rest of it was four new tyres, which I didn't have to do, but I figured do them all now and that's it for 5 years!


Posted by: Brian on March 29, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

I think you need an upgrade to at least a bulet roadster

Posted by: TheG on April 22, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

More expense. Oh well.

New brake master cylinder cap, new oil filter (that time of the year) and 11 new sill trim clips. The cover blew off in recent gales and took the sill trim with it scattering the little clips that hold it on in to the undergrowth. Arse!

Mostly I'm dreading the service though. I've got to do it, but it's going to cost me a bloody fortune. crying.gif

Posted by: Fake_xu1 on April 22, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

'Money, Money, Money'... thats all cars are, the trick is to enjoy spending it!!! afterall you are investing it into something you love.... better that than bills and banks laugh.gif

Posted by: TheG on September 23, 2004 [ Car Profile ]

Done the service! Nothing seriously wrong! Hurrah!!

However, got home, drove it all weekend and a bloody coolant hose burst. Fortunately not far from home, so it's not going to be expensive - didn't damage the engine or anything - just sprayed anti-freeze EVERYWHERE! wink.gif

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