1981 Lotus Elite S2.2


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Private or TradePrivate seller
Post Code/ZipEN7 6XR
CountryUnited Kingdom

1981 Lotus Elite S2.2

Galvanised Chassis

Lotus 912 LC 2.2 Litre Twin Cam Engine

Twin Dellorto 45DHLA Carburettors

160 bhp, Torque 160 ft lb @ 5000rpm

Manual Getrag 5 Speed Gearbox

Gold paintwork

Cream leather interior

Electric Windows

Rear Seat Belts

Rear Wiper

GKN Alloy Wheels

80,000 miles

Engine rebuild at 61,400 miles

MOT Exempt

Tax Exempt

Many new parts, tyres etc.

Cheap Classic Car Insurance

Appreciating Classic

One of just 133 S2 Elites

For sale, a superb original condition Lotus Elite S2.2 in metallic gold with cream leather interior. With just 133 Elite S2.2 models produced from 1980 to 1982 it is a very rare car, even rarer to find in this condition. Less than 50 remain with about 22 registered with DVLA, that is taxed, SORN or on the road. The stunning gold colour was only used on a handful of examples, I don’t recall seeing another in the flesh.

Extensively refurbished in 1992 with 61,000 registered miles, documented in numerous pictures, current mileage 80,000, the fully rebuilt engine has covered just 19,000 miles over the last 30 years. The diff was rebuilt in 1992, the gearbox was rebuilt in 2016 and has had minimal mileage since with just 100 miles since.

In view of minimal miles in last 10 years I have just completed the recommissioning process in anticipation of regular use in the coming years.

New parts fitted:-

Gates cambelt

Tensioner bearing

Alternator/water pump belt (Gates)

Otter switch


Evans waterless coolant

Spark plugs

Genuine Dellorto rebuild kit

MISAB O rings

Air filter

NGK Ignition leads

Engine oil

Gearbox oil

Diff oil



Windscreen wiper

Only selling as I have an Eclat Riviera to rebuild and I could do with the garage space. Having said that I am also advertising the barn find Riviera, whichever sells first I will be keeping the other one, I love both cars and have no real preference which one to keep, will leave that in the hands of the Lotus gods.

Can be viewed anytime in Cheshunt North London EN76XR, not far from the old Lotus Factory, just contact me by email with your preferred date and time and I will endeavour to accommodate.

The pictures show the superb condition, I believe it is even better in person so viewing is essential, view both at the same time, the barn find Riviera needs a complete rebuild and the Elite wants for nothing, excellent opportunity to view both ends of the spectrum if you are undecided about which route to take.

Priced at the same level as numerous mundane classics that will rust before your eyes, will they be around in another 41 years, unlikely, however I am confident that the Elite will be around for another 100 years. An Esprit in this condition would be £40k to £50k, I predict that the Elite will achieve parity in the not too distant future as it is every bit as good as an Esprit and yes I have owned four Esprit models and have equal love for them. I said the same with the Elan and Elan +2, at one point 15 years ago the +2 was a quarter of the valuation of the Elan, now they are very much similar.

Happy to discuss all things Lotus with interested parties, offers invited, sorry don’t need another car at present so no p/x.



September 27, 2022 4:28 pm

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