Lotus Elan

Plus 2 estate?

PostPost by: Robbie693 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 4:19 pm

I was down at Paul Matty's the other day and spotted on the forecourt a Plus 2 with a Estate/Shooting brake or whatever you will, rear end.

I've seen +0's like this (called the Elanbulance?) but never a Plus 2. I think it was a customer car because it wasn't there a couple of days later.

Anyone know anything about it?
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PostPost by: Craig Elliott » Fri Mar 02, 2007 5:19 pm

Apparently (according to Robinshaw and Ross) at least 2 estate +2s have been made, one of which may have been a works prototype. They show a photo of one (reg 396JKA) converted using a Scimitar hatchback and Elite (type 75) side air vents.

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PostPost by: cliveyboy » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:31 pm

A bit of Deja Vu happening.
I have just this week been thinking about a Plus 2 estate and how you would convert one.
New member to the family so lots of things to carry but still want an Elan.
It would have to be called a Shooting break or Sports wagon.
An estate does not quite fire the blood.
I suppose an Elan estate could be called an Elate. ( E-late)

Any more suggestions folks?

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PostPost by: Nick Godfrey » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:40 pm

Hello,
I believe that this is a special for a customer. It had a ski hatch etc.
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PostPost by: Matt » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:01 pm

Yeah I seen it there wednesday, they said it's going to be at Donnington, I think its been done to a very high standard.

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PostPost by: JJDraper » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:01 pm

Is this the metallic Blue one? If so, I saw it being put together a couple of years ago in a body shop close to PM. Very interesting.

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PostPost by: tdafforn » Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:41 am

Saw it yesterday, Don't think it was met blue, but it was hard to concentrate as my 3 yo was getting rather too close to it with potential scratch producing objects.
PM said that it was unique, and it certainly looked really well put together..
Also saw his £17K+ elan +2. looked just like mine after a polish :D
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PostPost by: theelanman » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:25 am

have we any pics of this elanplustwobulance...... :D :D :D :D :D
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PostPost by: iain.hamlton » Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:01 pm

Apart from the bodywork, the big challenge would be the fuel tank. Any idea where you could put one?

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PostPost by: theelanman » Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:56 pm

possibly like the baby elan and in the boot floor??????
well I suppose thats if youre making a 'deck'.....
there should be room in with the spare wheel just depends on what size it'd end up being.....you may need to reduce the capacity a little....
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PostPost by: tdafforn » Sun Mar 04, 2007 4:27 pm

I could try and sneek a picture next week as I have to go back to PMs to pick up the rebuilt water pump I left this weekend.
To me it looked as though the tank was below the boot floor as the boot floor was quite high..
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PostPost by: b-havers » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:37 am

Pictures of babyElan Estate (1965) can be found here; http://www.pestalozzi.net/sb/lotus_elan ... index.html


Looks like a combination of an Europa and a funeral car to me...
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:02 pm

I'm pretty sure we're talking about the same car.
The project was in its infancy about 3 years ago at PM. I saw the stripped down body, a pile of nicely rolled aluminium panels and specialised glass windows were all ready and waiting for the work to begin.
I was told it was a one off being built to a customers requirements & plans.
Can't imagine what the final bill came to :roll:
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Fri Mar 16, 2007 12:57 pm

I have just recieved this email from Paul Matty's web site for those interested in the +2 Estate

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PMSC will be at the Lotus Festival at Donington this weekend.

Be there for the press launch of the long awaited, much talked about and very special Lotus Elan +2S 130/5 'Shooting Brake'.

Also on display will be;
An example of the first class restorations we carry out.
A dozen or so showroom cars for sale
The Parts Department are there with a huge selection of parts for sale.

Our apologies for any inconvenience at our Bromsgrove premises but normal service will be resumed by Monday afternoon.

Regards,
The Paul Matty Sports Cars Web Forum team
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PostPost by: JJDraper » Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:09 pm

I may as well be the first to post piccies..

Given the fragile nature of Loti.. and taking a cue from Clive, I suggest calling it a Sports Break.

I understand they managed to reduce overall wieght by 200kg (maybe Helium in the tyres)...

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