Lotus Elan

Servicing in south east / london (Barry Ely? Morland Jones?)

PostPost by: gibbon » Tue May 26, 2015 8:35 am

If I was to wish to have some repairs / servicing etc that I didn't fancy doing myself completed, where would peole recommend please?

I am based in central east London, so far I have found -

* Barry Ely Sports Cars
* Morland Jones

Anyone have any experience or view of these two please? It would be quite nice to build a trusted relationship with the garage, so I would like to chose wisely initially if possible!

The car is an early plus 2, however I didn't think this was hugely relevant and the regular Elan section seems to get more traffic.


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PostPost by: rcourtney » Tue May 26, 2015 12:59 pm

Guess it depends what you want doing.

Although not a specialist lotus garage, I use Z Cars Engineering in Battersea. Zoran who runs the place has a genuine love of cars and really knows his stuff. He has done quite a bit to my Early Elan +2 since i bought it last year.

I'm taking it in to him soon to have drive shafts installed and brakes overhauled.
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PostPost by: gibbon » Wed May 27, 2015 10:11 am

Interesting, thank you.

Any more for any more?

Any experiences of the above garages?
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PostPost by: Will5000 » Thu May 28, 2015 11:20 am

Hi - I used Morland Jones for 10 years on my sprint before moving out of London - first class. Reasonable rates, but more importantly, the work was top notch. They are old school Lotus experts...

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PostPost by: JohnP » Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:16 pm

Barry has a reputation for knowing his onions and when I visited to view a car he was selling he was very helpful and honest. He just wanted too much money which is fair enough really.
maybe a bit far out west, but I have dealt with Lakeside Engineering for my elise over many years. They do a lot of older Lotus work and are excellent chaps.
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PostPost by: William Taylor » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:45 pm

I would certainly recommend Morland Jones. I had all three of my Lotus cars serviced there for over 20 years and they always did a good honest job. And were great guys to deal with!!!

Talk to Steve, a real "tell it like it is guy" and feel free to tell him I said to go there.

The only reason I don't use them any more is that I live in Colorado. I did bring my 66 Elan here and apart from re-jetting for altitude, it still runs and looks great. I had them do a full body restoration before I left the UK and they did a great job... I didn't want to have to find somebody here!

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PostPost by: gibbon » Mon Feb 05, 2018 1:14 pm

Rather than start a new thread, i thought i would ask again on the old one. Any changes?

I require some work doing to my plus 2 and though i have used Barry Ely twice, i would not return. Morland Jones i believe are out of business, so where else should i look?

Am happy to use reliable non lotus specialists should anyone have any recommendations?

Anyone used Rapid Mechanical Services LTD? Or I have found 'uk sports cars' though there seems to be some dubious online reviews, admittedly seemingly from a long time ago.

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