• April 23, 2024
 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint Convertible Up For Auction

1972 Lotus Elan Sprint Convertible Up For Auction

Silverstone Auctions May Sale 2021 will see this spectacular 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint Convertible offered in their first sale of 2021 in which bidders can attend in person!

The glass fibre-bodied Elan has a very advanced specification and was fitted with disc brakes all round, with the independent suspension to set up in order to optimise ride quality and handling finesse – the qualities for which this little car is still admired for. The 1971 Elan Sprint most notable external feature was the horizontally split two-tone paintwork in half a dozen vibrant colours.

This lovely Elan Sprint was supplied new on 27/01/1972, this exceptional example comes with one of the most comprehensive history files that Silverstone Auctions have ever seen. There are literally dozens of invoices and unusually for an Elan, this allows Silverstone Auctions to warrant the mileage of just 21,886 as genuine.

It is one of the most original Lotus Elans the auction house has ever seen. In June 2014, the magazine ‘Classic Cars’ thought so too as they featured this particular car in a four-page spread. The magazine talks about the superb originality of this car and its astonishing history file. The condition of the car is outstanding with the best door gaps and overall panel fitment of any Elan ever seen by Silverstone Auctions.

Gary Dunne Sales Controller for Silverstone Auctions added

“We are proud to be offering such a special car from our vendor Steve Soper. He is one of the greatest drivers all round, he competed five times at Le Mans, four times at Bathurst 1000 and many more. This is a huge investment opportunity and as Spring is here, classic events are beckoning – lets go!”

With just four owners shown from new on the V5C, this Elan Sprint drop had convertible is simply the best. It represents a fantastic investment opportunity with great provenance, from known ownership and in a completely ready-to-use condition.

The vendor Steve Soper is one of the most successful and legendary British drivers of all time and Silverstone Auctions are proud to be offering his very special Elan Sprint in their next sale. He spent a total of 20 years looking for the best Elan before purchasing this exceedingly cherished car for his own collection. Silverstone Auctions are offering this superb car for an estimate of £58,000 – £65,000 and you can book to view this car at Stoneleigh Park from the 12th – 21st May.

The May Sale: 22nd May
A Sale of Ferraris in association with Ferrari Owner’s Club GB: 5th June
The Classic Sale at Silverstone: 30th July – 1st August
The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale: 12th – 14th November


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