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Spyder Zetec Conversion Elan

PostPost by: Elseezed » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:04 am

First one I've seen. Yes, I don't get out much.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:22 am

What an awfully produced advert/site. The photos are ridiculously small and the write-up minimal. Not, I would suggest, the way to attempt potential buyers, particularly for a car that is 'unusual'.

The Zetec conversion is well known, found more often in the Plus 2 and perhaps one way to enjoy a classic car on a daily basis. However, I would always prefer an original spec Elan, myself!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:34 am

What's up with the ride height? Looks like the off road version!
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:20 pm

bigger photos on the Car & Classics website https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1033981 decribed as "Genuine Sprint DHC Which Had A Full Spyder Conversion At The Factory In 2007" (sic)

There are at least two Spyder converted cars for sale at the moment, one is a +2 and of course this one. I would guess that the car needed a full restoration and that Spyder talked the customer into the zetec route, I can't imagine anyone including myself doing this today.

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No reason for the ride height to be exaggerated, my Spyder converted car is ridiculously low.
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PostPost by: Fred Talmadge » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:13 pm

trw99 wrote:What an awfully produced advert/site. The photos are ridiculously small and the write-up minimal.


I like bad ads, maybe I'll be the only one who shows up to check it out. A chance to make a good deal. You can always find listings for Alpha Romeros.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:11 pm

perhaps the 14" wheels add to the height appearance issue?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:42 pm

Nope. Mine has 14 inch wheels

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PostPost by: M.J.S » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:35 am

A friend of mine (previous owner of my +2) also had a Zetec Sprint amongst his Lotus collection. I must say, darned quick though it was, it just didn't feel right to me when I borrowed it; too much of a blurter, lacking the fun and spirit of a standard car. He didn't keep it all that long.
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PostPost by: mmatthej1 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 5:26 pm

Interesting little spoiler on front of your car, Spyder Fan !

Any story around this? Do you find any benefits? (I have my number plate slightly angled, to (maybe) get some stability benefit!)
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PostPost by: ecamiel » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:08 am

If I remember correctly, The original l Road test in sports car graphic showed negative lift both front and back.
However, I found a front spoiler was definitely significantly faster on the track in back to back tests.

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:24 pm

mmatthej1 wrote:Interesting little spoiler on front of your car, Spyder Fan !

Any story around this? Do you find any benefits? (I have my number plate slightly angled, to (maybe) get some stability benefit!)


Sorry for the slow reply, I missed your post somehow. The spoiler is from a Europa although it needs a bit of cutting and shutting to fit the Elan nose. My car is very stable at high speed more so than any Elan I have ever driven, but whether this is down to the little bib spoiler or extremely good suspension geometry, a combination of both or just good luck I can't tell. If it were an easy thing to remove and I had the inclination then perhaps I could do a test or two.
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PostPost by: prezoom » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:35 pm

I saw a small chin spoiler on an Elan where cars were parked to watch the air show at Goodwood on Thursday evening. In a brief conversation with the owner, he said he purchased it from Sue Miller. Not sure if the spoiler was specific to the Elan or not.
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