Once owned by famous actor Peter Sellers, this rare 1966 Lotus Elan S2 heads to auction with an estimated price between £45,000 and £50,000.
Representing one of the most iconic models in Lotus’ history, the Elan S2 is considered one of the most exciting compact sports car ever and perhaps the number one inspiration for Mazda when they decided to build the original MX-5.
This particular car was delivered to Peter Sellers on June 22nd 1966 and stayed with him until 1969. The white Lotus then went through three owners, with the last one putting it in dry storage off the road since August 2005 as part of an extensive private collection.
Having covered 65,611 miles since new, this Elan S2 is described to be mechanically ‘on the button’, ready to go and be enjoyed by its next owner. Bodywork is in good condition and if you want a concours-state Lotus, a light restoration will do the trick just fine.
The extensive history file that comes with the 1966 Lotus Elan S2 still contains the original paperwork with Peter Sellers’ name on it. These small roadsters have been always well-received by the classic car market, so this one having a celebrity background will certainly gather a lot of attention.
“The car is sure to gather a huge amount of attention and we expect that it will appeal to fans of Peter Sellers as well as Lotus enthusiasts alike”, said Harry Whale, operations manager and classic car consignor of Silverstone Auctions. “This unrepeatable opportunity to purchase such a historically important and interesting car is one not to be missed.”
More info on the car can be found here, with the auction taking place at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on Saturday 14th November.