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S1 Bourne Elans - history and details of known cars

PostPost by: Nobuyuki Chris Yamada » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:55 pm

Mine is LHD 26/0345 manufactured in 12/23/63, and confirmed by Mr. Mike Pomfret that it was shipped to a US dealer called Lindner that year.
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PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:27 pm

Hi guys

this is the correct grey colour, slightly lighter than 0202 engine bay! As you all know the colour was actually a grey pigment in the gelcoat and not a painted surface, the Bourne shells were grey all over!

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PostPost by: Lotus14S2 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:02 am

I have a Bourne car. The Bourne car body was made with grey gel-coat. The engine compartment was not painted . My car is currently undergoing a rebuild/restoration, and I soda blasted the body and the original grey is very apparent. I covered all the markings on the body and frame before the blasting and repainting. The grey in the engine compartment has yellowed with age, chemicals and heat, but I plan to leave it as is.
Look at the Elan Registry for other diferences.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:15 am

Please post some photos of you cars :D
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PostPost by: chrishawkins » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:57 am

Hi, I am new to the forum, I own chassis number 281 which is Bourne body 26/0298.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:22 am

Great photos! Thanks to you all for posting them.
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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:58 am

Welcome Chris, lovely car.

I think we are up to about a dozen cars so far, there must be more out there...

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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:56 pm

I am still slightly confused about when the Bourne run may have ended - would chassis 26/0410 be a Bourne car? Is there a clear view about the chassis number at which things changed over?

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PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:01 pm

Hi David,

there doesn't seem to be any clear change point from Bourne shells to Lotus ones!
Even Andy Graham has no records showing it? Of the three cars that I have,body number 205 is the latest, registered in October 63, although clearly as we have seen here there are some in the 300s, in fact a friend of mine has one in the late 300s, however it is unlikely that chassis number 26/0410 would originally have a Bourne body, but you never know?? Does that chassis number not have a bodyshell that you can view, as there are lots of small differences between the two, apart from the obvious grey gel coat!

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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:08 pm

Thanks - not able to view the car at the moment and assume, as you say, it is probably a later car.

Apart from the grey engine bay etc what are the other little things to look out for?

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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:18 pm

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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:17 pm

I still get confused reading this - to me, a 'Bourne body number 26/001 onwards' is a chassis number like 26/0202. If you follow this then 26/0410 would be a Bourne?

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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:36 pm

David, please read my post on page 1 of this thread, which explains the differences in Lotus terminology.

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PostPost by: dunclentdr » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:57 pm

Tim

Thanks - all becoming clearer.

For my two cars I have the following:-

Car 1
Unit 3217
Chassis 26 0202
Body number 0252

Car 2
Unit 3324
Chassis 26 0339
No body number

Is it possible to track down the body number anywhere? Not sure if these were recorded?

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PostPost by: jonsered 11 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:18 pm

Hi David,

Andy Graham has a list of some body numbers! He may have one for that chassis, if you're lucky!

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