Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Jon Eckman » Mon May 23, 2005 1:21 pm

There's a 1960 Elite on US eBay, and one of the pictures is a close up of one of the wire wheels. Anyone out there know why they weren't used on the Elans?

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PostPost by: mikecauser » Mon May 23, 2005 2:32 pm

On Mon, 23 May 2005 09:26:35 -0400 "Jon Eckman" <***@***.***> wrote:

There's a 1960 Elite on US eBay, and one of the pictures is a close up
of one of the wire wheels. Anyone out there know why they weren't
used on the Elans?

Because they are heavier, weaker and more expensive than steel wheels?


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PostPost by: ddddumas » Tue May 24, 2005 5:45 pm

--- In ***@***.***, "Jon Eckman" <[email protected]> wrote:
There's a 1960 Elite on US eBay, and one of the pictures is a
close up of one of the wire wheels. Anyone out there know why they

weren't used on the Elans?

Jon Eckman
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Jon,

Mike is right on all three counts. The Elite, Type 14, was very
expensive to produce, and it's commonly said that Lotus lost money
on every one they made. As a result, the Elan was very
carefully "value engineered" in order to assure a profit.

Curiously, there is a red Elan with wire wheels repeatedly shown the
the Griot's Garage catalog. < www.griotsgarage.com > I suppose it
must be one of Richard Griot's personal cars. It's the only Elan
with wire wheels that I've ever seen.

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PostPost by: "Roger Sieling" » Tue May 24, 2005 6:05 pm

Bruce McDanell [sp] owned a red Elan S2 w/ chrome wire wheels for years here in Columbus Ohio. I believe it used Triumph Spitfire adapters and KOs, but it's been at least 20 years now since he moved to California and I believe he is involved w/ Griott's Garage. I remember him winning the Elan show class that GGLC did during the Monterey Historics in '95 when Lotus was featured. We did get to say hello at the banquet. I was there racing my Eleven S2.

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>> ***@***.*** 5/24/05 1:45:33 PM >>>
--- In ***@***.***, "Jon Eckman" <[email protected]> wrote:

There's a 1960 Elite on US eBay, and one of the pictures is a
close up of one of the wire wheels. Anyone out there know why they

weren't used on the Elans?

Jon Eckman
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Jon,

Mike is right on all three counts. The Elite, Type 14, was very
expensive to produce, and it's commonly said that Lotus lost money
on every one they made. As a result, the Elan was very
carefully "value engineered" in order to assure a profit.

Curiously, there is a red Elan with wire wheels repeatedly shown the
the Griot's Garage catalog. < www.griotsgarage.com > I suppose it
must be one of Richard Griot's personal cars. It's the only Elan
with wire wheels that I've ever seen.

Paul Garrett








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PostPost by: Jon Eckman » Tue May 24, 2005 7:21 pm

Thanks Paul, I suspected as much. I went to the Griot's website, but could
not find a picture of the car you mentioned - I guess it's in the printed
catalog.

Jon Eckman


Jon,
Mike is right on all three counts. The Elite, Type 14, was very
expensive to produce, and it's commonly said that Lotus lost money
on every one they made. As a result, the Elan was very
carefully "value engineered" in order to assure a profit.

Curiously, there is a red Elan with wire wheels repeatedly shown the
the Griot's Garage catalog. < www.griotsgarage.com > I suppose it
must be one of Richard Griot's personal cars. It's the only Elan
with wire wheels that I've ever seen.

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PostPost by: freddy22112211 » Wed May 25, 2005 2:27 pm

Here's another pic of wire wheels (although u can't see the wheels to
well!): http://www.lotusowners.com/Owners/Set5/pages/Jacob%
20Cronstedt%20Sweden_JPG.htm,
Gordon

--- In ***@***.***, "Jon Eckman" <[email protected]> wrote:
Thanks Paul, I suspected as much. I went to the Griot's website,
but could

not find a picture of the car you mentioned - I guess it's in the
printed

catalog.

Jon Eckman


> Jon,
> Mike is right on all three counts. The Elite, Type 14, was very
> expensive to produce, and it's commonly said that Lotus lost money
> on every one they made. As a result, the Elan was very
> carefully "value engineered" in order to assure a profit.
>
> Curiously, there is a red Elan with wire wheels repeatedly shown
the

> the Griot's Garage catalog. < www.griotsgarage.com > I suppose it
> must be one of Richard Griot's personal cars. It's the only Elan
> with wire wheels that I've ever seen.
>
> Paul Garrett
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PostPost by: ddddumas » Wed May 25, 2005 6:10 pm

Paul Garrett wrote...there is a red Elan with wire wheels repeatedly
shown in Griot's Garage catalog < www.griotsgarage.com > ...only Elan
with wire wheels that I've ever seen...

Jon Eckman answered...went to the Griot's website, but could not
find a picture of the car you mentioned - I guess it's in the
printed
catalog...
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Jon,
It's on the web site; try this link:

http://www.griotsgarage.com/search.jsp?
searchtext=10122&search.x=11&search.y=8

If the link doesn't work, go to < www.griotsgarage.com > and then,
in the upper right hand corner, punch in product number 10122 and
the picture will come up in the ad for the "Hand Pump Oil/Liquid
Extractor"...it's clearly an Elan.
Regards,
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PostPost by: Jon Eckman » Wed May 25, 2005 6:37 pm

If the link doesn't work, go to < www.griotsgarage.com > and then,
in the upper right hand corner, punch in product number 10122 and
the picture will come up in the ad for the "Hand Pump Oil/Liquid
Extractor"...it's clearly an Elan.
Regards,
Paul Garrett


Thanks Paul, that did the trick.

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