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Original S2 26R for sale in Japan

PostPost by: zeca » Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:57 am

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PostPost by: 661 » Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:50 pm

That is very nice.
Have you bought it yet , Dave?
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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:31 pm

not the original ngine.
not that unusual with race s going through a few engines when raced hard.
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:36 pm

Is that the correct exhaust for the 26R? Not the standard S1-S3 arrangement for race cars I guess.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:51 pm

It was for sale by Taylor and Crawley not that long ago:
http://www.taylorandcrawley.com/current ... /Lotus-26R
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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:40 am

Why can they never get the chassis number correct??????
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:34 pm

an other Japanese 26R #23 for sale (S1 this time)...

https://racecarsdirect.com/Advert/Detai ... fia-papers
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:04 pm

Interesting! The FIA papers are dated 1989.
14,000,000 yen is $129,000US which seems like a deal...(If it is a real 26R)
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:18 pm

Davidb wrote:Interesting! The FIA papers are dated 1989.
14,000,000 yen is $129,000US which seems like a deal...(If it is a real 26R)


could be legit from a paperwork viewpoint (to be checked with Tony Thompson, or Dave Hughes on the forum), but does not look preped to win races these days...
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PostPost by: Davidb » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:31 pm

Yes, but there appear to be two 26/R/23 - or at least two!
The red car at the start of this thread is supposed to have been in the same family ownership for forty odd years, whereas this car has been in Japan for thirty years, having come from Europe. Is it possible somebody in Europe thought #23 was long gone? 26Rs first hit the big time value-wise around 1988/89...

As regards checking with Tony Thompson - he stilled showed me as the owner of 26R/5 the last time I spoke to him and I sold that car in 1986.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:03 am

Davidb wrote:Yes, but there appear to be two 26/R/23 - or at least two!
The red car at the start of this thread is supposed to have been in the same family ownership for forty odd years, whereas this car has been in Japan for thirty years, having come from Europe. Is it possible somebody in Europe thought #23 was long gone? 26Rs first hit the big time value-wise around 1988/89...

As regards checking with Tony Thompson - he stilled showed me as the owner of 26R/5 the last time I spoke to him and I sold that car in 1986.


The green one is supposed to be an S1 and the red one an S2... as for originality, authenticity etc. or percentage thereof I won't look into it not being in search of one. Unfortunately...
But good to know that registrars may not always on the button regarding 26R. I've always believed that in order to deserve a rare and valuable car such as a 26R one needs to do his due diligence himself.
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PostPost by: gino1 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:18 pm

Dont' you just love that RAC badge...just in case :lol:

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:05 pm

Last summer I had a look at a "genuine S2 26R" (no names...).

I was told that it was an original S2 26R. But...the owner confessed that he had sold the chassis plate...although the rest was genuine.

However, the chassis was not a S2 26R chassis and the body had also been replaced...

The really genuine uncrashed item seems to be rather rare!

As Dave Hughes has mentioned before...never throw anything away!
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PostPost by: Davidb » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:00 pm

The second 26R I had, 26/S2/18 is now in the Barber Motorsport Museum and this car was very original when I sold it-original body, chassis, engine and gearbox. It had a major restoration in California in the eighties but so far as I know they did not replace the body or chassis. There is a way of telling if it is the original chassis on that car-it involves the bracing from the rear turret area down to the very back of the chassis-unique to this car-if somebody has the opportunity to look...
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:20 pm

Correct David. It is often termed the "high back" .

I know a few folks who have these either originals or new builds (like mine).
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