Mo­tor­sport great’s Elan Plus 2 to be sold at Brook­lands with­out re­serve

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A1968 Lo­tus Elan Plus 2 given to Gra­ham Hill while he was with Team Lo­tus is on the grid at the His­torics at Brook­lands sale on 26 Novem­ber.

The yel­low Lo­tus that re­quires restora­tion has been owned by the ven­dor since 1976 and has been stored in a garage for the past 37 years. Of­fered with­out re­serve, it is one of 130 clas­sics of­fered in the auc­tion at Mercedes-Benz World, Wey­bridge, Sur­rey.

Hill be­gan work­ing for Lo­tus as a me­chanic in the mid-1950s and by 1958 was driv­ing a Lo­tus 12 in the Monaco Grand Prix. From 1960 to 1966 Hill drove for BRM, win­ning his first World Cham­pi­onship with them in 1962. Hill re­turned to Team Lo­tus for the 1967 sea­son, win­ning his sec­ond World Cham­pi­onship with the Hethel, Nor­folk-based team in 1968.

The his­tory file pre­sented with the car in­cludes the log­book record­ing that Lo­tus Cars Ltd. was the first reg­is­tered keeper, dated 18 June 1968. Also in­cluded is a let­ter from Lo­tus Cars (Sales) Ltd from 15 July 1970 stat­ing; ‘Sup­plied to Gra­ham Hill for his ex­clu­sive use dur­ing his as­so­ci­a­tions with Team Lo­tus’. A pho­to­graph of Hill stand­ing next to RAH 400F and his air­craft adds to the prove­nance.

Following his ac­ci­dent at the 1969 US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, in which Hill broke both legs, Lo­tus chief Colin Chap­man found a place for Hill driv­ing a Lo­tus 72 for Rob Walker’s team. Hill moved to the Brab­ham team for 1971-1972.

Un­der the cur­rent ven­dor’s own­er­ship, the orig­i­nally sil­ver car re­ceived a re­place­ment en­gine. The odome­ter is faulty but the ven­dor re­ports that it is ap­prox­i­mately 120,000 miles.

Ripe for restora­tion, Gra­ham Hill’s for­mer Lo­tus Elan Plus 2.

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