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Lotus Elan Plus Two (1969 - 1974)

Last updated 29 November 2013

Twin Cam is an absolute gem, larger, but still brilliant to drive
Do you really need to carry three passengers in your Elan?


The Elan Plus Two was a further move upmarket for Colin Chapman's Lotus. It was a step further away from the racetrack, and despite being lengthened considerably, all of the sweet-driving finesse of the original Elan remained intact. But it was also just as pretty as the two-seater car.

By stretching the Elan’s chassis by a foot and widening the track, child-sized rear seats could be accommodated. This was also the first Lotus not to be sold in kit form, which at least evens out build quality; the 118bhp twin-cam engine tune helped with the additional weight, and this was raised to 126bhp from 1970 for the Plus 2S/130 is identifiable by its silver metalflake roof. Better quality trim is a feature, and from 1972 the 130-5 came with a five-speed gearbox.

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