Introduced in 1967, the Elan Plus 2 (factory designation Type 50) had an increased wheelbase over that of its predecessor that allowed the incorporation of two occasional rear seats. The glass fibre body shell is bolted to a steel backbone chassis to which the engine and transmission are bolted making this a lightweight and immensely strong platform for its high performance engine and nimble handling characteristics.
The model had several improvements during its life. Significantly, in October 1972, a five speed gearbox was added, the model designation becoming the Elan Plus 2S 130/5; the Plus 2 relating to two occasional rear seats, the S referring to the Sprint specification engine, the 130 referring to horsepower and the 5 to the five-speed gearbox.
Estimated Value: Up to $32,000
Upcoming Sale: Historics at Brooklands – June 11, 2016 auction
This particular Elan Plus 2S 130/5 was first supplied to the late Formula 1 driver, Ronnie Peterson, and is featured at Historics at Brooklands summer sale in Surrey.