The doors, bonnet and bootlid are original, as is the running gear, but the garage door opener for low ceiling and colour are S3; it was originally black. It has never been repainted, so the body is variously stress-cracked, star-chipped, microblistered and rubbed through, with a few tiny nibbles out of the glassfibre. But it is utterly charming. The doors have not dropped, so there aren’t the usual marks on the sill tops.
The wheels have some surface rust and the nearside rear rim is a little dinged. Inside, the vinyl and centre console are good with no cracks. The factory carpets have faded and are garage door opener for low ceiling through and coming adrift at the sills. The dash varnish is cracking slightly, but it retains every original switch plus the gearknob and steering wheel.
Everything works bar the left electric window, and the roof is in good shape. The motor still has its air trunking, with new items such as carb tops, heater valve and starter solenoid. Only the oil-filler cap is non-original, presumably as a result of a repair to the neck. It starts easily, idles sweetly and drives beautifully, garage door opener for low ceiling the nicest Elan you’ll ever have a feel of. The controls are light and easy with no slop, the engine is eager with a spot-on exhaust note and a solid 42psi oil pressure at 75°C , the gearchange easy and the brakes pull up straight.