Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: patrics » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:59 pm

Hi John,
Thanks for link - have now found it - just as well looking at the price of one in link!

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PostPost by: EPC 394J » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:43 pm

I suspect you’ll be surprised at the value of many little bits and pieces you (should) have!

If you have an original rear bumper in even half decent condition, you’re quids in! Tops of the doors. (Or bottom of the window if you prefer?) Inner and outer bits are pretty much unobtanium. Engine itself will have significant value. If you’re going down the breaking route, I would declare it on here and invite enquiries for bits?
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?

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PostPost by: AdrianSi » Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:04 pm

I would auction site it, i.e Ebay as project cars are still fetching good money due to the engine value. The days of complete project cars for £3750 are looooooong gone now! You'd want that for the engine alone today! Prices are on the increase for decent +2s which is doing good for project values.

However if you decide to break it, i'll be interest in original rear seat bases, side sill trims, moustache as mentioned already and a few other bits that my car is missing.
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PostPost by: EPC 394J » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:04 am

“Project cars for £3750 are looooooong gone now”

Well I suppose I did buy mine three and a half years ago now! Is that a looooooong time? Has something spectacular happened to Plus 2 prices since then? I do so hope so!!!
You http://www.lotuselan.net/forums/introducations-f46/introducing-and-plus2-t30925.html#p209110
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:31 am

Engine prices have definitely pushed up the project prices in the Uk....... your £3750 +2 is now £6k ish but the odd thing is the finished car prices don't seem to have changed much?? the worrying thing is how hard they are to move on for 'sensible' money.
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PostPost by: patrics » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:33 pm

Hi Chris,
Yes that is the point really for me plus 2 prices are bonkers - my original thought was to race the car - re-mould Front, rear sections and doors bonnet / boot to make a light weight Plus2 but for that I need space.
As a general question I don’t understand why for example plus 2’s aren’t competing against each other in Road sports or swinging sixties - this is cheap racing with a bloody good car.


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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:37 am

True, but i guess the 2 seater will always appeal more to the racer due to it's lighter weight.... Personally i've always preferred the handling of the +2 so you might be right.
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PostPost by: patrics » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:56 pm

Hi Chris,
Yes, compared to an Elan then yes it is heavy but compared to other cars of the day then it is good handling excellent car and in say Swinging Sixties you can make it as light as you want.
You could start off with a complete car for 4 to 6 k sell the bits not needed and end up with a great low cost car compared to a start price for Elan maybe 20k and then you will need to spend a lot more to keep up with the other developed Elans.

I sound like I am trying to convince my self to keep the Plus 2!

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