Lotus Elan

jim clarks lotus elan find 30 years ago

PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:20 pm

Lotus Components was the development and racing part of the car business at that time. They also made the Lotus 7 on their small production line. It has never had anything to do with component (kit) cars.

Many of the earliest Elans have Components plates, as do the very earliest +2s and you’ll sometimes see them on press cars, specially prepared.

There were not many Elans on the road in the summer of 63. However, with enough brass neck it would be relatively simple to drive off in an Elan through the admiring Silverstone crowd, for all the world as if one did own the thing!

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:21 pm

I wonder if the engine out of 513 WAR wasn't racing the following weekend :D
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:32 pm

Interesting stuff! In the July 2018 edition of Classic and Sports Car magazine Michael Shryver relates how he was offered this Elan after it had been found in a scrapyard "near Mallory Park" in 1979; he offered it to Simon Hadfield as a parts car but between them they figured out it was a very special car. Had field says that ".. the Elan had no doubt eluded recognition because the rear number plate had only three digits on it and the front grill was missing". Well, as we can see he was wrong about the number plate but the grille certainly was missing! :D
Shryver owned the car for around 20 years.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:03 pm

Some interesting inconsistencies in the stories - the first photo clearly shows a complete rear number plate ? But it is a more modern plate than would have been fitted originally. but it definitely has all 6 digits. Perhaps it had no number plate at all?

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PostPost by: yargnitram » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:50 am

This was how it was found as to the number plate these where changed easily And in the late 70s reflective plates where the way to go my 1968 alpine had these on when I bought it but I changed them back to black and silver and had to pay a lot the reflective ones where the standard so cheap as chips
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:44 am

elansprint71 wrote:Interesting stuff! In the July 2018 edition of Classic and Sports Car magazine Michael Shryver relates how he was offered this Elan after it had been found in a scrapyard "near Mallory Park" in 1979; he offered it to Simon Hadfield as a parts car but between them they figured out it was a very special car. Had field says that ".. the Elan had no doubt eluded recognition because the rear number plate had only three digits on it and the front grill was missing". Well, as we can see he was wrong about the number plate but the grille certainly was missing! :D
Shryver owned the car for around 20 years.

Welcome to the forum and thanks for posting the photos.


I was quite friendly with Simon Hadfield at the time and that's not what he said.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:47 am

Mazzini wrote:
elansprint71 wrote:Interesting stuff! In the July 2018 edition of Classic and Sports Car magazine Michael Shryver relates how he was offered this Elan after it had been found in a scrapyard "near Mallory Park" in 1979; he offered it to Simon Hadfield as a parts car but between them they figured out it was a very special car. Had field says that ".. the Elan had no doubt eluded recognition because the rear number plate had only three digits on it and the front grill was missing". Well, as we can see he was wrong about the number plate but the grille certainly was missing! :D
Shryver owned the car for around 20 years.

Welcome to the forum and thanks for posting the photos.


I was quite friendly with Simon Hadfield at the time and that's not what he said.



Well, that is exactly what was written in the magazine- Julian Balme quoting Simon Hadfield. I'll try to post a photo later.

What did Simon Hadfield say, out of interest?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:24 am

He said that the car had been found by a couple of guys in a scrapyard close to his workshop. They sold it, sight unseen, to a well know dealer in the Kent area whom flipped it, sight unseen, to Hadfield and Shryver, whom were very close at that time - they raced together I think Simon prepared his cars. It was only after the car was delivered that they twigged what it was. They dealer in Kent then realised what they had had and tried to buy it back.

I can remember the photos of the car when found by Yargnitram, they appeared in Classic and Sports Car or a similar magazine. The rear plate was as seen in the photos posted on this site.
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