Lotus Elan

Another Elan Article

PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:19 am

I hadn't realised just how similar the Toyota 2000GT chassis was to the Elans......they nicked it!
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/0 ... otus-elan/
Mark
User avatar
Elanintheforest
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2686
Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Location: Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

PostPost by: jono » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:56 pm

The Toyota 2000GT is probably my favourite classic car, just beautiful in concept and execution.

...and, just like that stand out stunner 2 years above you at school, totally unattainable
jono
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1286
Joined: 17 May 2007
Location: The wet bit in the top corner of England

PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:04 pm

Totally agree, Jon, except for the standout stunner bit. I went to an all-boys school :D
User avatar
Elanintheforest
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2686
Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Location: Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:22 pm

Didn't stop you though did it? Tristram Hetherington-Smithers wasn't it?
Steve

Silence is Guildern; Duct Tape is Silver
User avatar
elanfan1
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1492
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Location: Cardiff in Welsh Wales

PostPost by: Bud English » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:09 pm

From the article: "You may find the idea that relatively obscure British sports car... " There it is again, that obscure adjective. Okay, I'm taking it as a complement. :lol:
Bud
1970 +2S Fed
"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely
foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."-Douglas Adams
User avatar
Bud English
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 711
Joined: 05 Nov 2011
Location: Winnemucca, NV, USA

PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:54 pm

elanfan1 wrote:Didn't stop you though did it? Tristram Hetherington-Smithers wasn't it?


Smudger to his mates
User avatar
Elanintheforest
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2686
Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Location: Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

PostPost by: Spyder fan » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:17 pm

That's Mark third in from the right can anyone name the rest? Which ones Smudger?

Image
Kindest regards

Alan Thomas
User avatar
Spyder fan
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2245
Joined: 11 Jun 2009
Location: Kent country & Sussex seaside UK

PostPost by: Spyder fan » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:27 pm

As a serious reply, I don't think Lotus can claim ownership of the backbone chassis, although it's pretty obvious that Toyota copied their design from the evidence in the article.

This is a picture of a 1939 Mercedes Benz 170V sports roadster rolling chassis. I see quite a few similarities.

Image
Kindest regards

Alan Thomas
User avatar
Spyder fan
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2245
Joined: 11 Jun 2009
Location: Kent country & Sussex seaside UK

PostPost by: vincereynard » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:42 pm

I read somewhere that the Toyota 2000GT DHC came about because Sean Connery could fit in the FHC.

Toyota were so keen on the product placement they had a DHC introduced on set within a few days!

It appears to have a second wishbone at the rear - like Spyder's effort.
vincereynard
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 616
Joined: 12 Jan 2015
Location: amersham

PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:05 am

Spyder fan wrote:That's Mark third in from the right can anyone name the rest? Which ones Smudger?

Image


Well the blond one at the front looks like he's about to cry so my money's on him!
Steve

Silence is Guildern; Duct Tape is Silver
User avatar
elanfan1
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1492
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Location: Cardiff in Welsh Wales

PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:24 am

That Merc chassis looks more like a ladder chassis with some rungs taken out and squashed up. Anyway, well done for finding it Alan!

I too went to an all boys school and still have fond memories of the stunner two years above ....






PS For some of you in the US, the last sentence was British irony
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2478
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: el-saturn » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:59 am

that mercedes only is similiar if viewed from the top: those are rectangular tubes and have very little to do with a MONOCOQUE!! ................ oh yes: both have 4 wheels!! sandy
el-saturn
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 936
Joined: 27 Jun 2012
Location: switzerland

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests