While I’m sure we’ve all seen Lotus Elan roadsters, when was the last time you saw an Elan coupe? It’s no secret that the Elan’s sales and reputation in America were based on its appeal as a fair weather roadster, so coming across this nicely preserved +2 Coupe was a bit of a surprise.
Some showgoers were even more surprised than I was, specifically at finding out that Lotus had built a coupe version in the first place. You have to admit though, the +2 Coupe’s lines paint a much different overall profile, especially if your eye is trained to process only the cabrio version of this machine. Let’s take a closer look at this thing after the jump.
By no means the only Lotus at the 2012 edition of the Greenwich Concours, this one perhaps one of my favorites from last year simply due to its charming appearance and rarity. It takes a very special car guy to pick a Lotus Elan +2 coupe over the roadster, just given the ratio of roadsters to coupes as well as the wind-in-your-hair factor. Out of approximately 17,000 Elans made, just a little over 5,000 were +2 Coupes, and just a little over a thousand of these coupes are thought to survive.
This Elan +2 Coupe was in great condition inside and out when I saw it. And it does look quite a bit smaller in person than in photographs, something that is perhaps true about most Lotus automobiles. This Elan was dwarfed by a brilliant white Esprit sitting not too far away, and the Esprit itself is not a particularly tall automobile. In fact, this Elan was dwarfed by quite a few cars at Greenwich 2012, including an MGB GT coupe.
The 2013 edition of the Greenwich Concours will take place this June 1st and 2nd in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich Connecticut. Be there, or be square!
Full gallery from Greenwich Concours 2012 below:
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Jay Ramey]