Peter Sellers' Lotus Elan heads to auction


A 1966 Lotus Elan S2 that belonged to Peter Sellers, the famous comedian, is being sold at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show this weekend.

The Elan is part of the Silverstone Auctions event at the car show, which takes place on 14th November and is estimated between £45,000 and £55,000.
Sellers owned the car between June 1966 and February 1969, and it then went through two different owners before it was bought by the current vendor.

The car has been in dry storage since August 2005, having travelled 65,611 miles and is reportedly in original condition with the need for some restoration.

Operations Manager and classic car consignor of Silverstone Auctions, Harry Whale said, "This truly is a unique Lotus Elan with superb owner provenance, while it maintains a fantastic level of authenticity.

Peter Sellers' Lotus Elan Heads to Auction

Peter Sellers' Lotus Elan Heads to Auction

"First owned by Peter Sellers, who needs no introduction, this Lotus Elan has sat in a private classic car collection for more than a decade and will now be sold for the first time in many years."

The Lotus joins almost 100 fellow classic cars in the auction, which also includes a 1956 Porsche 356A, a 1991 Jaguar XJ220 and a 2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

On the Lotus, Whale continued by saying, "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.

"This unrepeatable opportunity to purchase such a historically important and interesting car is not one to be missed."

Author: Jack Healey