Lotus Elan

Tentative question

PostPost by: purplepeter » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:35 pm

If One wished to dispose of a shell, Do You guys reckon there'd be any market for a series 1 Elan Bodyshell either whole or in pieces (ie body cuts) ??

It's a long story.. I used to be a member on this forum, but it might be about 12 years since I last logged in & I couldn't retrieve my old account, hence this being my first post.
I've had this shell for about 15 years, which I was going to do something unspeakable with, in the way of mounting it on a VW Chassis, but the project got delayed by the arrival of My Dream car! I'm now about to lose the storage facility that has been it's home... Up until now, the plan was that I was going to return the shell to the guy who gave it to Me, but when I rang Him this morning to say "It'll be with You Next Sunday, I take it You still want it back?" His response was that I should just dispose of it!... I've suggested He contemplates on this decision for 24 Hours, just in case, hence this being a tentative question!

It is literally, just a bare shell, I do have other parts, but for the moment, only the shell is in question. It has No Identity & No paperwork. Ideally it would need to go fairly rapidly, though I can move it back to bath if You can't do next sunday. I'm quite happy to cut chunks off it. It has had modifications to make it fit the vw chasis, so has no boot floor & part of front & rear bulkheads have been modified, so realistically, it'd never make an Elan again

So, Do You reckon anyone would want cuts? It seems a shame to cut it into teeny pieces to take to the tip if anyone could make use of the bits
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:03 am

HI, best way I suggest would be to post a picture of the shell which will elicit a good few views of what you should do, maybe even an offer for it.

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PostPost by: purplepeter » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:57 am

I Don't think I've got many pics of it, but this gives an idea/proves that it exists!
Bumper & pods are not currently on offer!
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PostPost by: purplepeter » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:13 am

Another pic- dated 2007 !
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:59 pm

You've got a front end and two rear quarters which ought to be saleable, and even if chopped out generously wouldn't take much storage room whilst you get buyers.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:19 pm

How is Dan anyway?
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PostPost by: purplepeter » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:52 pm

Right Chaps, The Update on This is that I'm definitely cutting it up
Following a pm from " gherlt " on Here, I've spoken to a local chap who's an Elan expert & He is coming to view the shell/supervise cutting of any bits that he deems of interest
So at least this way, Hopefully it can go towards extending the life of someone elses car!
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:13 pm

Brian B by any chance?
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PostPost by: purplepeter » Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:45 pm

Yes, I didn't like to name him without permission!
If You or anyone else wants chunks, Please say so!
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:49 pm

PM sent.
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PostPost by: olivier » Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:19 am

PM sent
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PostPost by: purplepeter » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:11 am

Would any of You be able to give guidance/ hazard a guess as to values of cuts?
It's a Bourne Body by the way, if that makes any difference?
What I've said so far is that I'm happy to give cuts away if it helps preserve another car & that if the recipient feels obliged to give me hard currency I won't object
On the One hand, every bit I get rid of, is less to take to the tip, But on the other hand, I wouldn't be very happy to see someone sell them on for a huge profit
What's a fair sort of value for a Front quarter?
or for the Whole shell??
I'm only asking for guidance... I've already said the bit about giving bits away, but just wondering what sort of figure might be a reasonable expectation?

PM's replied to by the way. My priority at the mo is to vacate the lockup, after that I'll get on to the other parts I have!
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:59 am

The usual suspects quote prices.
Here's a link to SJ Sportscars to give some idea

www.sjsportscars.com/parts-and-accessor ... rchresults

Others are available of course.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:31 am

There were less than 400 Bourne bodies made & you're chopping one up? :roll:

Just sayin'
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:42 am

I was thinking the exact same thing Phil. Too bad this is in the UK, I have enough spare parts for an early Elan to build another car and all I need is a body with windscreen.

Please don’t chop a Bourne body up.......
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