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Lotus XI

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:01 pm
by mikecauser
On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 12:14:46 -0500 "Roger Sieling" <***@***.***> wrote:

Obviously, I'm not a serious looker/ buyer. I am just curious as to
it's configuration and condition. Perhaps I'll email PM.

As I was passing near Paul Matty's today, I dropped in to have a look at
the Eleven, camera in hand. Sadly it turned out that it was a
"commission" sale, and the owner had reclaimed it yesterday believing he
had a buyer. However John Crook (an *honest* sales manager (one of the
only two I know)) told me that when it first arrived he thought it was for
restoration, having dirt, dings and bits looking ready to drop off. But
after a day's cleaning in the workshop it came up very nicely and looked
like a serious racer again. It's apparently very quick too, with a
serious Tony Mantle engine. As far as he could see it was the real
item.


As this is the Elan list I should add a couple of things --

Paul Robinshaw was there taking pics of a rather unusual Plus Two
that's being built there (which I didn't see),

and PM have just published their first ever printed parts catalogue.
Other than "across the counter" I don't know how it's possible to get
a copy, but if the cries from the wilderness (USA/Canada/Australia)
reach crescendo I might phone them & enquire.....


Mike
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Lotus XI

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:34 pm
by "Martin Stuart"
I'm pretty sure from the colours and bodywork that this is the same Eleven that Classic Cars magazine ran quite a detailed article on a couple of years ago. I haven't got the magazine to hand - it is archived at my other house - but the reason the car was so special was its originality. It had only done a couple of thousand miles from new and was pretty much exactly as it was when it left the factory. I can't remember the exact details, but it had been mothballed for an absurd length of time (since the early '60's, I think), before being 'rediscovered'. If anyone is seriously interested, contact me off-list and I will dig out the article, scan it and e-mail them a copy.

It certainly isn't the first ever printed parts catalogue Paul Matty have printed - I have a copy from a few years ago (around year 2000/2001, I think), but they just sort of slipped a bit with updating and reprinting it! It was very useful, though, so if they are printing a new one, it will be essential for any Elan/Plus 2 owners in the UK and Europe.

Martin Stuart
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From: Mike Causer
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As I was passing near Paul Matty's today, I dropped in to have a look at
the Eleven, camera in hand. Sadly it turned out that it was a
"commission" sale, and the owner had reclaimed it yesterday believing he
had a buyer. However John Crook (an *honest* sales manager (one of the
only two I know)) told me that when it first arrived he thought it was for
restoration, having dirt, dings and bits looking ready to drop off. But
after a day's cleaning in the workshop it came up very nicely and looked
like a serious racer again. It's apparently very quick too, with a
serious Tony Mantle engine. As far as he could see it was the real
item.

...and PM have just published their first ever printed parts catalogue.
Other than "across the counter" I don't know how it's possible to get
a copy, but if the cries from the wilderness (USA/Canada/Australia)
reach crescendo I might phone them & enquire.....


Mike
--
Mike Causer Email - mailto:***@***.***
GPG KeyID 1C2DDA07 WWW - http://www.mikecauser.com
Flood the fen again! - Wicken Fen enlargement - http://www.wicken.org.uk

Lotus XI

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:15 pm
by "Gareth Flanagan&quo
http://www.legendsracing.co.uk/details.asp?CarRef=28

Old ?55k....looks in good knick!!!

Presume it?s a real one.....just saw the ad and the whole host of pics
and though the group would like a look

Cheers
G