Lotus Elan

So what other “raw” non Lotus sports cars have you owned ?

PostPost by: Lotus14S2 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:38 pm

I’d love to have photos to show you. I took very few pictures of my own cars, and most have been lost over time. If I took photos any of my cars would not have been the reason for taking them; the car would have been as background; behind a girl friend. I loved all my cars, and drove them a lot, but I never thought of taking photos of them. I have a few photos that other people took, but they are mostly of my race cars. There were photographers who would go to all the races and take photos to sell. Usually about a week or so after the event, you’d get a proof sheet in the mail, sort of like old school pictures, but I never bought any.
I had many photos of auto racing, such as Sterling Moss’ Lotus 19 at Laguna Seca in 1961. Although my mother was a camera nut, and I had access to good cameras; almost all my shots were with a simple box camera, and the cars are quite small. I did have a lot of really good movies, shot with a Bolex, but I loaned the movies to a friend, and someone stole them. I keep hoping they will show up on YouTube.
Now, of course, everyone had their iPhone, and takes thousands of pictures; I don’t even do that.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:03 pm

I own a series one land rover, not very sporty but definitely raw :lol:
For sale now though, I need more Loti!
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PostPost by: DJW » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:03 pm

Another to add to the list . Having tried to build an a Ultima before and giving up, this time I bought a part built car and built it with a friend, who had already built a can am version. Took 2 years and tbh I didn’t do much of the build. Amazing presence on the road but finished at a time when I had little chance to use it, so sold on. LS3 with 550bhp

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PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:01 am

CSX 2176 slab side 289 Cobra. A little more civilized than the Super 7 and the Bug Eye Sprite. The Elan was the first sports car to have glass in the doors. Shows what growing old does to you.
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1964 Elva Mk4T Coupe (awaiting restoration)
1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero, 302,AOD,9",rack and pinion,disc,etc,etc,etc
1954 Nash Healey LeMans Coupe

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PostPost by: DJW » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:13 am

Need to tick the box on owning a Cobra rep. Always make me smile when I see one
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PostPost by: nomad » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:36 pm

First sports car was a ratty MG TC. Drove it home 500 miles in Midwestern US February . 18 at the time. Can't get much more raw than that can you? Since then quite a few MG's, Sprites, and a XKE thrown in.

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PostPost by: Elseezed » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:51 pm

Ginetta G15. Took 4 years to restore, great handling and 100bhp Imp engine. Photo taken at Harewood Hillclimb.
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PostPost by: DJW » Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:09 pm

Wow that takes me back. When living with my parents some 33 years ago, a neighbour had one. I spent ages looking at car and the owner kindly shared some club magazines, where I remember the story of the G15 club giving the Ferrari club half a lap head start at Castle Combe, before chasing them down :D

At the time I had just sold my Elite 501 and had this guy lined up to check over a G15 for sale at the summily price of £3,500. Unfortunately the car sold the morning of inspection. Ah well, was not meant to be

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PostPost by: innesw » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:08 pm

My current "daily"

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Quite the hoot on track.

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PostPost by: The Veg » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:34 pm

Based on the qualifications of:

Raw
Sports
Non-Lotus,

I have owned zero. The rawest non-Lotus I ever had wasn't very sporty ('81 Mini), and the sportiest non-Lotus I ever had wasn't a true sports car and definitely wasn't even remotely raw ('02 VW GTI).
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:11 pm

You've been looking at mine since 2012, perhaps you thought it was a Lotus!
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