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Is my Lotus Elan s3 a racing car?

PostPost by: Elan Peter » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:33 pm

Hello, I have just joined the forum after reading many articles posted by other people. I own a 1967 Elan s3 which is believed to be an S/E. The car is white and has gold bumpers.
At some point in its life the car was raced, unfortunately I don't have any proof and subsequently wondered if anybody knew anything about my car, its previous registration was MAX 10E and I believe it was wedgwood blue when new!
I have attached a few pictures as well so everybody can se what It looks like. My father and I have been lovingly restoring the car for the past two years and it is really starting to look good. I would love to hear opinions of other élan owners.
Best regards,

Peter
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:33 am

Peter, we'd love to see the pictures. Not attached, apparently.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:31 pm

Hi Greg, sorry about that, my internet is very poor and wan't responding fully, to make up I will send you a couple of nice shots.
Have no fear, it is always locked up, as is the s1 land rover in the background therefore on wet days, they are warm!
More pictures to follow!!!!! :D
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:44 pm

Nice! More photos please. I have a similar S3 :-)
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:15 pm

Hi, here are a few more pictures.
I will be hill climbing the car in around July for the Loton park driving school and I am looking forward to putting it through it's paces.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Hi, does anybody know where I can buy some seat covers and door cards for the car as the interior is the original and would look better with new panels, would be glad of any advice and thoughts.
P.S. I am glad everybody seems to like the car!!!!!
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:50 pm

Here are some pics of the engine bay.
Expect more by the end of the week!!!! :D
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:25 pm

Looks really good! However, being an SE, you should have a different color on the cam cover, green, I think.
The blue is for the standard model (non SE)
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:23 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Looks really good! However, being an SE, you should have a different color on the cam cover, green, I think.
The blue is for the standard model (non SE)

Correct, and you should have a 4-branch exhaust and a brake servo...etc

If you mention the Unit/chassis number on the plate under the bonnet Tim "trw99" can tell you what it was shipped as.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:18 pm

I have removed the engine pics as they do not show the car in its true form, we have now painted the engine the original colour and everything is as it should be, will try and look into what it was originally but paul matty did say it was an S/E.
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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:12 pm

Elan Peter wrote:Hello, I have just joined the forum after reading many articles posted by other people. I own a 1967 Elan s3 which is believed to be an S/E. The car is white and has gold bumpers.
At some point in its life the car was raced, unfortunately I don't have any proof and subsequently wondered if anybody knew anything about my car, its previous registration was MAX 10E and I believe it was wedgwood blue when new!
I have attached a few pictures as well so everybody can se what It looks like. My father and I have been lovingly restoring the car for the past two years and it is really starting to look good. I would love to hear opinions of other élan owners.
Best regards,

Peter


To answer your title question about your Elan having race history, it's possible. Perhaps not wheel to wheel circuit racing, but possibly events called "sprints", gymkhanas, or hill climbs. Most Elans have been enjoyed in a sporting manner by their owners. I still autocross my Elan in local club events.

My compliments on a beautiful car. Well done.

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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:18 pm

Thank you, We feel fairly confident that the car is sound and perhaps it may not be as original as it could be but, we don't care, its a great car that has shared some great memories with us!
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