Lotus Elan

Rally Elan story from the 1960s

PostPost by: mikecauser » Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:35 pm

Here's a tale I haven't heard before, snarfed from http://forums.atlasf1.com/showthread.ph ... id=1981526

bill moffat 01-Mar-05 10:58
quote:Originally posted by Huw Jadvantich
There was a baby Elan built by the works for rallying, although I am
not sure that it was ever entered by the works, however it had
auxiliery lamps moulded into the bonnet. it was white and green,
and did reside in New Zealand in the early nineties being restored,
I believe to its former rally spec. The owner had all the drawings
and acres of history on it.

I guess this would be the mystical S3 Coupe that was the brainchild
of Peter Warr. Intended for the 65/?66 RAC rally it reached an
advanced stage of preparation with 4 Cibies moulded into the nose,
suitable beefing up to the chassis and adjustable brake bias etc.
Unfortunately Chapman got wind of this secretive project, produced a
Tyrrell-style froth job and the whole thing stopped there.


Anyone know more about this car?


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PostPost by: "Ray Edwards" » Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:27 pm

Hi All,

The car does indeed reside in New Zealand now, and is owned by a list
member. He is restoring it to original spec with the 26R style chassis,
lights in the nose etc etc etc and is making a superb job. It should be
nearly finished by now.

Brian, come out of the woodwork and send the list some more photos!


Ray Edwards


Here's a tale I haven't heard before, snarfed from
http://forums.atlasf1.com/showthread.ph ... f9649efde6
7cb&postid=1981526

bill moffat 01-Mar-05 10:58
quote:Originally posted by Huw Jadvantich
There was a baby Elan built by the works for rallying, although I
am
not sure that it was ever entered by the works, however it had
auxiliery lamps moulded into the bonnet. it was white and green,
and did reside in New Zealand in the early nineties being
restored,
I believe to its former rally spec. The owner had all the drawings
and acres of history on it.

I guess this would be the mystical S3 Coupe that was the brainchild
of Peter Warr. Intended for the 65/?66 RAC rally it reached an
advanced stage of preparation with 4 Cibies moulded into the nose,
suitable beefing up to the chassis and adjustable brake bias etc.
Unfortunately Chapman got wind of this secretive project, produced a
Tyrrell-style froth job and the whole thing stopped there.


Anyone know more about this car?
"Ray Edwards"
 

PostPost by: jcocking » Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:44 pm

Mike,

Here is a brief write up about the car:

http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/experi ... elan.shtml


jeff

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&postid=1981526> &postid=1981526

bill moffat 01-Mar-05 10:58
quote:Originally posted by Huw Jadvantich
There was a baby Elan built by the works for rallying, although I am
not sure that it was ever entered by the works, however it had
auxiliery lamps moulded into the bonnet. it was white and green,
and did reside in New Zealand in the early nineties being restored,
I believe to its former rally spec. The owner had all the drawings
and acres of history on it.

I guess this would be the mystical S3 Coupe that was the brainchild
of Peter Warr. Intended for the 65/?66 RAC rally it reached an
advanced stage of preparation with 4 Cibies moulded into the nose,
suitable beefing up to the chassis and adjustable brake bias etc.
Unfortunately Chapman got wind of this secretive project, produced a
Tyrrell-style froth job and the whole thing stopped there.


Anyone know more about this car?


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