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1965 Elan S2 engine block question

PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:59 am

I recently purchased this 1965 Elan S2 (US Location) and have a question about the engine originality. The block has the following stamped on it: LP 5908LBA. The serial number of the car is US65164055. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:57 am

Your original engine was LP2437, with LP5908 coming from an Elan built at the end of 1966. Have you checked the back of the head to see what numbers are stamped on that? If it has the half-moon projections in the plug well, it may be the original head to your car. LP5908 would have had the later head.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:21 am

Just to add to Mark's posting, Glen, that car was invoiced by the factory in Nov 64, though clearly landed in N America a month or three later and was thus titled 1965.

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