Lotus Elan Vintage Racer (Replica) – Hinsdale IL

I don’t think I told you, but about two weekends ago I spent a whole day tossing a spec Miata racecar around the north circuit of the local Autobahn Country Club. The average driver has absolutely no idea what a underpowered, but fully-gutted lightweight racecar with prodigious handling feels like (Heaven..?) Although the Miata is a carbon copy of the original Lotus Elan, this is nothing like a spec Miata. Oh no, this little guy here has 188 HP sitting on top of just 1500 lbs. Rocket? You bet. Price is 46k, but it’s an authentic Lotus racecar in all it’s single exhaust outlet goodness. Here’s the description on the ad:

If you want to be competitive, a Lotus Elan is a great choice in the under 2 liter production class. This particular Elan was a racecar from early in its life with a South African race history dating back to the early 1970s. More recently, this car has been raced by Continental Motors since 1999 and won many class victories, including the 2000 and 2001 BRIC at Road America before being sold. After a few years under the care of J.R. Mitchell and GMT Racing, this Elan returned to the Continental stable earlier this year. This lightweight (<1500 lbs) sports car is powered by a full-race Lotus 1600cc twin cam engine, rated at 188 hp. A Quaife competition close-ratio gearbox is also installed. Full 26R chassis reinforcements were completed by previous owner and well-known vintage racer, Dave Hinton. Lap times at Road America are consistently below 2:40. Spares include 2 extra sets of wheels. All required safety equipment is installed and ready for racing. The car has raced with the VSCDA, HSR and SVRA vintage racing organizations. Very complete documentation of the vintage racing history, invoices, and dyno sheet included with purchase. A rare opportunity to own a very successful racecar at a fraction of its development costs.

And hey, it’s a Lotus, which is both good and bad if the car will be your daily driver, but really, really good if it’s your weekend toy. A picture follows, click here for the awesome craigslist ad.

Sales Department
Continental Autosports Ferrari Maserati
420 East Ogden Ave.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

  • Location: Hinsdale
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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