Lotus Elan

Have You a Photo of Your Elan in the 60s/70s?

PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:38 pm

Nice jumper!

Another JPS paint-job too. :D
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:05 am

The late Roy Bacon (PO) collecting his built up kit in July '65.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:26 am

Interesting that the dealer fitted stick on registration plate to the bonnet.

And look at that expanding briefcase, the content of which would these days no doubt fit onto an iPhone!

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:08 pm

Roy bought the kit from Cheshunt, but had a garage local to him in Brightlingsea assemble it. It seems the stick on plate was a temporary fix, later photos show the car to have the standard numbers in the grille.

Roy kept everything, in the early 70's he moved the the US and took the Elan with him, thirty or forty years later I re-imported the Elan to the UK, in the boot was the original UK rear number plate, on the back panel were the original plastic number plate bolts - minutes later the plate was reattached... I still have to sort out that re-registration business with the DVLA, but it should be alright because of the heap of supporting documentation.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:26 pm

How's this one for a 1970's colour and photo. I do not have an actual date as it was in a previous ownwership then. I think this is quite an early photo as I know the car wasn't registered until May 74, had been damaged and off the road by about 1980/81 and also had been repainted red over white in between.

I know Tawny was the original colour and I can't see that it would have any paintwork done yet the lower strip under the door is not painted black so did some escape the factory without this being done?
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PostPost by: jmp » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:04 pm

Finally found a picture of my first Elan. This must have been after our honeymoon as this morgan arrived sometime later. I changed the elan's head gasket in an outside carpark at a posh Austrian Hotel.
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PostPost by: jimj » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:31 pm

I`ve got round to it, here`s 2 pics. The red S1 was in 1969 and the Sprint is our wedding in 1974. The car was sold shortly after, as we needed furniture, for £1450. 30 years later we bought our current Elan which, we were only discussing on Saturday, was one of the best things we ever did. The people we`ve met, places we`ve been, friends we`ve made. Not you lot, obviously.
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P.S. Though I don`t have the Sprint, I do still have the wife and the jacket.
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PostPost by: bilcoh » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:08 am

This thread makes me think that "Elans are wasted on the young".<g>

The number that are driven hard while we were in our teens and 20's, then filed away for many years before being reclaimed and restored. Closest I can get is my avatar photo from 1981, and now the frame is out and we're trying to start forward progress to get back on the road.

P-A and others, glad to hear some shouting "save the character". This is truly "my Elan", and I still love the lines and the Europa wheels.

Great thread. If I can find a "before" photo, I'll post later.

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PostPost by: alan d bell » Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:36 pm

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the photo is of our elan at the 1968 crimond sprint using a parachute as brakes. taken from the scottish clubman magazine of oct 1968. driven by robin johnston.
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PostPost by: jimj » Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:27 am

I`ve turned up a photo. from 1967 sent to me by the previous, original owner. The car looks different now, in red, with the SE stainless strips under the doors rather than the chrome tape. The cool dude from 1967 looks different now too.
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PostPost by: AussieJohn » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:40 pm

My S2 in Sydney, 1969.
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PostPost by: AussieJohn » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:52 pm

My S4 at Oran Park 1982?
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:10 pm

nnesbell wrote:
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the photo is of our elan at the 1968 crimond sprint using a parachute as brakes. taken from the scottish clubman magazine of oct 1968. driven by robin johnston.


Did that idea ever catch on? :twisted:
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:14 pm

jimj wrote:I`ve turned up a photo. from 1967 sent to me by the previous, original owner. The car looks different now, in red, with the SE stainless strips under the doors rather than the chrome tape. The cool dude from 1967 looks different now too.
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Jim,
I recognise your steam-yacht in the background (presumably he had just sold you the car and you were bound for the Caribbean) but what is the location? It looks familiar but I can't put a name to it.
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PostPost by: jimj » Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:27 pm

Pete, I think it was Newhaven as that was where the original dude lived.
Incidentally I`ve emailed Gareth re. Gold Cup but no reply yet. I won`t be wearing the jacket, or.......on second thoughts.......
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