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PostPost by: phil1800 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:07 pm

Although I already asked several times for the support of the group, I have not introduced myself. After looking for ‚my‘ Elan for 2 years, I have finally bought an 67 LHD DHC S3 SE this summer. Finding a decent vehicle was difficult, as they are pretty rare in Germany, overpriced and most examples were converted to Wannabe racers (no offence) thus not original. Furthermore I was looking for an LHD DHC S1- 3 series car only. Without success in Europe, I did the decent move and bought one on the internet from Canada on the basis of some pictures only! Desperate, hmm, propably yes, Sir....
However, the result is surprisingly good, no big hickups so far (fuelpump, vaccum pods, electrics only). From an elderly long term owner, Emma Peel coloured, it is well used and has been refurbished to the original specs some 20 years ago, so no need to be shy of driving it. My daughters love it too! It shares the garage with my Volvo P1800 S, that I own for 31 years now.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:22 pm

Nice car and welcome, Phil.

The P1800 holds the record for the highest mileage of a known car, if I remember correctly. Good old Swedes!

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:05 pm

Welcome!!!!

I have to correct my friend Tim, that's not a nice car, that's a beautiful car. Tim wears Sprint coloured spectacles.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:15 pm

trw99 wrote:Nice car and welcome, Phil.

The P1800 holds the record for the highest mileage of a known car, if I remember correctly. Good old Swedes!

Tim


yup, Most of it on Long Island... See https://nypost.com/2016/02/28/this-guys-1966-volvo-has-over-3-million-miles-and-isnt-slowing-down/
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PostPost by: nunomauricio » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:36 pm

Welcome from Portugal!!!! I´m new on the forum too. You have a very nice car, congratulations.

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:20 am

Willkommen Phil !

as the saying goes, it takes all kinds, and the friendliness and openmindedness of this forum brings together racers and restoration purists, beginners and seasoned mechanics, for the benefit of all and for the best of our beloved cars...

I wish you many happy miles in your Lotus Elan, and happy hours taking care of it .

keep it on the road !
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:08 am

Hi Phil,

Welcome and thanks for the photos. That is a lovely looking car. That colour really suits it. It’s nice to hear that your daughters like the car too. My kids are always fighting to see who can go for a ride in it!

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:15 pm

Welcome Phil, very nice looking Élan!
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PostPost by: Europatc » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:40 pm

Welcome Phil, good looking Elan
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PostPost by: phil1800 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:38 pm

Thank you for your welcome! The Volvo and the Lotus make an interesting pair: Both from the same period (68& 67), very similar priced in time, they are very different, but both were in the market for buyers that wanted something different. The Volvo almost having Mercedes ( Pagoda) like qualities and details, while the Lotus has a very minimalist design, very much like a Porsche 911 of the time.

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PostPost by: SENC » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:11 am

Welcome from NC!
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PostPost by: patrics » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:24 pm

Hi
Always thought the P1800 was made in Birmingham?

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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:43 pm

I believe the early bodies where made by Jenson before being taken over by Volvo because of quality issues.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:55 pm

greetings from the alps and welcome to this forum. we're purists, cruzers, mechanics, engineers and share much: we love colin's children and shouldn't use the term baby too often: welcome to the gang phil! i live just down the road in kanton appenzell and have the same car (4982) sandy
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:22 am

Welcome Phil!
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