Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Rozzer » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:51 am

Hi there,
Although I have yet to actually pick up my car, I have been lurking around here for a few months, reading, hopefully learning, researching and generally trying to be better informed!
Some of the locals will know me as Ashton (that forum name has been taken apparently!), and I also have an S1 Elise, which I have owned since 2000.
I have recently bought Alan Pate's beautiful early S2 DHC (ex Owen Wuillemin and Rex Hodder among other previous owners!) which he has painstakingly restored to its current "fast road" form. I pick it up this weekend; to say I am excited is a mild understatement :)
Having wanted an Elan since before I could walk and talk (well, it seems that way) I would have bought one in 2000 but for the fact that I was living in Edinburgh, had no garage, and needed a daily driver. So I have been on the lookout for the right car for about 15 years on-and-off, and so when Alan's came up for sale, it was too good a chance to miss!
I very much look forward to many years of happy ownership, and in all probability, rather a lot of daft questions here, for which I apologise in advance!
Apologies for the pics - they are the ones from the advert, so a bit grainy - once I have the car, I will try again!
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Elan 2.PNG and
Elan 1.PNG and
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PostPost by: gordont » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:10 am

Hi Ashton and well done, looking forward to seeing it out and about...
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PostPost by: robertverhey » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:33 am

Greetings from five dock, Ashton. I too look forward to seeing your élan out and about. almost as much as I look forward to seeing my élan out and about! Robert
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PostPost by: Rozzer » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:02 am

Thanks gents - Gordon, it was having you on the run south through the RNP a few years ago that re-kindled the desire! Thank you. Robert, if you need any (non-mechanical) help getting yours back on the road, you only have to ask!
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1950 AJS 350M
1956 Lotus Eleven S1 (Tuft's car)
1964 Lotus Elan S2 26/4177
1998 Lotus Elise S1
2003 Mini Cooper S R53
2013 BMW 118d Conv
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PostPost by: AndrewP » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:20 am

Welcome Ashton from the otherside.

Now that you have the best, you can get rid of the rest. :D .
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PostPost by: Rozzer » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:31 am

Funny you should say that Andrew - I was thinking as I looked at my sig that I probably need to find something good from the 70's - snag is, the choices are a bit thin on the ground :)
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1950 AJS 350M
1956 Lotus Eleven S1 (Tuft's car)
1964 Lotus Elan S2 26/4177
1998 Lotus Elise S1
2003 Mini Cooper S R53
2013 BMW 118d Conv
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:48 am

Plus 2, S4 Seven or a S1 Esprit are all good 70's cars. Some nice mid 70's 911 Porsches also ( wash my mouth out !!!)
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PostPost by: Rozzer » Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:52 am

Hi Rohan, I think you may have inadvertently supported my hypothesis - that list is about it for the 70's (unless you want to talk silly muscle cars - I'll wash mine out too!) - a 74 911 is on the list of possibilities certainly :)

Thanks for your welcome - I look forward to catching up in Adelaide in 2015, if not before!
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1950 AJS 350M
1956 Lotus Eleven S1 (Tuft's car)
1964 Lotus Elan S2 26/4177
1998 Lotus Elise S1
2003 Mini Cooper S R53
2013 BMW 118d Conv
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PostPost by: gordont » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:15 am

sorry guys but a S4 seven was never a good car (good motor but that was it!)
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:46 am

If you have seen Mike Byrne in his S4 Seven rundown full race 3 Litre Porsche Carreras with $100,000 engines in group Sc historic racing you may change your opinion.

They are seriously quick cars, under 600 kg and when you take off the windscreen and put a nicely developed 190hp twink in them, there is not much that they cant give run for their money from the 70's

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PostPost by: gordont » Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:53 am

okay quick but really ugly compared to the earlier sevens
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:18 am

I agree but from the drivers seat you cant see the looks :lol: And Lotus are all about driving :D

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PostPost by: Rozzer » Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:51 pm

I'll leave that discussion for another time :) But yesterday I went and picked up the car, and shoe-horned it into the garage....

Elan 3.JPG and
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1950 AJS 350M
1956 Lotus Eleven S1 (Tuft's car)
1964 Lotus Elan S2 26/4177
1998 Lotus Elise S1
2003 Mini Cooper S R53
2013 BMW 118d Conv
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PostPost by: robertverhey » Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:07 am

Yes, as Monty Python would say "You only purchased a five minute argument"

I see we have something in common, ie double decker lotuses

lotus-elan-f19/australia-now-has-one-more-elan-t21042.html

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PostPost by: Rozzer » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:06 am

Indeed - I had to install the hoist before I could buy the Elan, as SWMBO also has a convertible that has to be housed, so our two car garage was no longer big enough! But a second hand TuffLift (which looks pretty much identical to yours) sorted that! And I took the opportunity to grind and clear-coat the floor too, so now it's easy to mop up the oil drips too :)
Hoping to have the car registered by this weekend, so may call over and see how the painting is coming along!
Ashton
1950 AJS 350M
1956 Lotus Eleven S1 (Tuft's car)
1964 Lotus Elan S2 26/4177
1998 Lotus Elise S1
2003 Mini Cooper S R53
2013 BMW 118d Conv
If you aren't living on the edge, you're taking up too much space
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