Lotus Elan

1974? Elan - Pistachio? S4

PostPost by: StressCraxx » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:51 pm

Posted two days ago, located in the Chowchilla, near Fresno, CA.

https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/d/chowchilla-1974-lotus-elan/6788634029.html

No photo of the vin plate.
No connection to seller. Wish I had the room though...
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:08 pm

Thought it was a rip off of 0295Ks sale in 2015, but looks to be a different car.

Must be a 1972 Elan Sprint, have texted for Vin #.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:54 am

nice project, looks quite original (Federal twin pipes and all), stored in the dry judging by the dashboard... a bit of osmosis and gelcoat cracks, but chances are the body has not been abused : would be my kind of project, if only I did not have too many already (price to be discussed upon closer examination).

Would the Sebring Mach1 rear view mirror on the door be a stock fit ?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:42 am

nmauduit wrote:Would the Sebring Mach1 rear view mirror on the door be a stock fit ?


Yes, but fitted by the US distributor (not the factory) to meet US regulations.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:54 pm

pharriso wrote:
nmauduit wrote:Would the Sebring Mach1 rear view mirror on the door be a stock fit ?


Yes, but fitted by the US distributor (not the factory) to meet US regulations.


ok, thank you. My '68 Federal s4se has one, I wondered about originality. I find it suiting the car well, too...
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PostPost by: danielmo » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:18 pm

Think this is a sprint?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:52 pm

danielmo wrote:Think this is a sprint?


No doubt.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:29 am

a shame it's on the west coast....
this is a PERFECT candidate for a "soft" restoration. I'll bet that paint would buff up to a nice shine, clean the interior, detail the engine bay, get it running & driving (hydraulic rebuild, cooling flush), replace the top, detail, detail, detail....
and this would be a $40K car!!
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PostPost by: My72Sprint » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:37 am

Interesting,
I'm in Sacramento Ca with a 1972 Sprint 183k originally single Pistachio Lime Green but without citrus white lower
Geeze did California have most of the Pistachio sprints? Wasn't a very popular color. Was in slightly better condition same mileage when I purchased. Guess stuff started to fail @ 25,000 Donuts, Dash panel finish, switches, oil leaks etc..
Mine is under restoration:
BMC GN25 BRG paint, silver bumpers, Panasport wheels, rear CV's, dash board,top etc ..complete
Engine rebuild getting started, New weber head engine, 1700cc, DTA Fast / Jenvey heritage throttle body injection Should be fun w/about 175hp
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:24 am

pharriso wrote:
nmauduit wrote:Would the Sebring Mach1 rear view mirror on the door be a stock fit ?


Yes, but fitted by the US distributor (not the factory) to meet US regulations.


My original 69 S4 SE Federal export model has a Sebring Mach 1 mirror as picked up at Hethel in 1969 by me. Fitted by the Lotus factory as stock. Not a dealer fit.

Others may have been done differently but that is my experience.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:00 am

1owner69Elan wrote:My original 69 S4 SE Federal export model has a Sebring Mach 1 mirror as picked up at Hethel in 1969 by me. Fitted by the Lotus factory as stock. Not a dealer fit.

Others may have been done differently but that is my experience.


Very interesting, I was previously led to believe they were added by the distributor, good to know!
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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:45 pm

My 69 S4 SE has only ever had an interior mirror fitted. Maybe Lotus had to fit an exterior mirror to export cars to comply with other countries requirements.
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PostPost by: My72Sprint » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:25 pm

The original selling dealer for Pistachio Sprint 183k was Bob Challman Lotus, Manhattan Beach, California.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:52 pm

Car is sold & picked up by someone from California, let's hope they come here & share their restoration story.

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On the way to it's new home.


I spoke with "Phil" the seller a couple of times, I validated the car as an original 1972 Federal Sprint with Vin 0245K, not driven since 1979! Remarkably original with few if any mods.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:17 pm

new owner will do the soft restoration and you'll see this on BringATrailer this Spring going for $50K :D
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