Lotus Elan

4x4 Elan

PostPost by: Brian Walton » Tue May 10, 2005 9:11 pm

Now this is just for fun, so please don't shoot me down in flames just yet.

We live in a age of interesting lateral thinking. Monster garage and all that. And I'm sure we have all read the article many years ago when a group of Japanese Europa nuts converted an unused old Europa body into a speed boat.

What if...

Take a crapped out inexpensive baby Elan body and place it on a Suzuki 4X4 Jimny chassis. The wleebases are within an inch or two. If it is finished well it should look the part. In yellow I would imagine with decent chrome 17 inch wheels! Maybe someone with more time on there hands could pop something up in Photoshop.

I can only imagine the faces of the crowd at a large Lotus gathering.

There again I must finish the first project before my "scrapheap challenge" brain gets into gear.

Happy thinking.

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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Wed May 11, 2005 4:07 am

Does a Suzuki 4 x 4 have a chassis? Unibodies fold without the body. I'm not giving up however...
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PostPost by: dlbarnes1 » Wed May 11, 2005 5:02 am

One of my British car comrades here in Redding, CA has a setup as you have described, but the body is an MG Midget. It draws alot of attention in this area where so many people have 4x4s. I assume it has a chassis, but don't know for sure.
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PostPost by: niallf » Wed May 11, 2005 7:29 am

Dratt and double dratt, you've uncovered <a href='http://community.webshots.com/photo/343175819/343176477HRBFlP' target='_blank'>my latest project !</a>

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PostPost by: flyinggellyfish » Wed May 11, 2005 4:20 pm

Suzuki 410 and 413 have a seperate chassis and body , I know as I off road them .
Use a 413 Samuri as the wheel track is 3" wider so would look the better , in my opinion , but then I would not want to build it !

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