1973 Lotus Elan +2 JPS 130 5-speed Special Edition

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  • Original JPS restored some time ago
  • Certificate of provenance 
  • Rebuilt onto galvanised Spyder chassis
  • Well-preserved interior


The original Lotus Elan was a fantastic car, but for many it was just a little bit too small. The Elan + 2 was Lotus’s attempt at making it more practical, though it is a Lotus, so such things are relative. There are two rear seats, but they’re for small people. Lots more luggage room is a big plus, though, and then there’s the coupé styling.

This example began life as one of the rarest +2s known – a JPS special edition, which would have originally left the factory in the John Player Special livery of black with gold leaf detailing. The company was Lotus’s F1 sponsor at the time and the colour scheme prominent.

It was changed to its current blue colour at the same time it was rebuilt onto a Spyder galvanized chassis. Being a "John Player Special" edition, as well as featuring the "Big Valve" 130bhp engine and 5-speed gearbox, makes this a very highly specified vehicle.


  • UK V5C
  • Tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt
  • Some older invoices and past MOT certificates
  • Lotus Certificate of Authenticity confirming that it is number 88 of 115 JPS models built, and was black when it left the factory
  • Last owner for over 20 years


  • Smart black bucket seats
  • Wood veneers
  • Three-spoke leather sports wheel with Lotus centre boss
  • Sporty eight-dial dash
  • Period Philips push-button MW/LW radio
  • Electric windows
  • Genuine chrome-finish passenger map reading light


  • Smart metallic blue – a genuine period Lotus colour
  • Alloy wheels
  • Older restoration now showing patina / character including Microblisters under the paint
  • All chrome and original trim appears present
  • Galvanised Spyder chassis


  • 1,558cc-litre ‘Big Valve’ four
  • 130bhp
  • Five-speed manual
  • Starts and runs well 
  • The car starts and drives with no obvious faults being evident other than those noted however this vehicle is being auctioned as needing a good going over before any use as there may be faults which are not noted


it may not look as it did when it left the Norfolk factory in 1973, but this is nevertheless a genuine JPS Elan +2 and some prep and paint back to it's original black and gold livery would improve the finish of the vehicle while making it instantly recognisable as the very rare vehicle that it is. There’s a certificate of authenticity and a letter from Lotus to back it up and it promises to become an even more highly collectable example in the future

Or, just enjoy it for what it is, which is a generally presentable and smart Elan +2 with plenty of patina and character – an interesting and increasingly desirable model that enthusiasts are starting to take notice of…

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1973
  • Make Lotus
  • Model Elan
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 6,330 Miles
  • Engine size 1558
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Sawbridgeworth
  • Location Herefordshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
3 bids
  • al•••• £15,000 20/09/23
  • de•••• £10,500 19/09/23
  • jo•••• £10,000 13/09/23

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