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PostPost by: archigator » Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:47 pm

This photo of the Sellers-Ekland Elan posted in the current Rindt thread doesn't appear to have a parcel shelf. Could it have been a fastback Shapecraft Elan? (I know from previous posts that Shapecraft Elans are a sensitive topic; I'm not looking to get flamed here.) :D

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:00 pm

It certainly was, and it was a standard road Elan, as most Shapecrafts were, not a 26R.

There was an article on Peter Sellers' cars in one of the Classic magazines many moons ago....I'll get hunting!

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PostPost by: memini55 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:55 am

Gary, thanks for posting, really a great looker! and yes the Elan is not bad either.

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PostPost by: archigator » Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:30 am

Mark, I can't take credit for this photo; 'dlbutler' posted this earlier in response to my quiry in a different thread. I had always heard that Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland owned an Elan, but had never seen a photo. Several photos from fellow members surfaced as a result. What a great resource we have in this forum!

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PostPost by: hatman » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:10 am

I believe it's actually 'Eklund' - I merely mention the fact for what it may be worth... :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: RIB » Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:50 pm

Another photo from the March 1964 edition of Competition News 'Ford of Britain's monthly performance newspaper'.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:59 pm

hatman wrote:I believe it's actually 'Eklund' - I merely mention the fact for what it may be worth... :mrgreen:



Fact? :roll:
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PostPost by: hatman » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:21 pm

elansprint71 wrote:
hatman wrote:I believe it's actually 'Eklund' - I merely mention the fact for what it may be worth... :mrgreen:



Fact? :roll:


On further reflection, perhaps not... :oops:
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:47 pm

"Celebrity Antiques Road Trip" on BBC2 right now...

"Bond girls Honor Blackman and Britt Ekland take to the road in an Aston Martin. Their mission - to buy antiques and make a profit as they roar around Cambridge and Saffron Walden"

Britt gave it a very brief mention: "My first car was a Lotus Elan..." (and then spoke of the cars which followed...)

Should be on iPlayer later.

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PostPost by: Craven » Sun Mar 29, 2020 12:27 pm

This may be a well known image, but was any conclusion drawn on the fate of this car (APJ 2B) or any other of the supposed 10 Shapecraft cars.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:24 pm

Here you go, an article I wrote a while back on the Shapecraft Elans for Club Lotus News magazine.

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PostPost by: Vaughan » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:12 pm

Tim, thanks for your article, are you still tracking shapecraft Elans? Does the table in your article include the black car sold at auction a few years ago that had had roof modified to be a triage and +2 style rear with widened wheels. I think I saved pictures. which I'l share, I understand it was restored and expect its now racing.

Here's any Britt Shapecraft picture......grrrrrrr!

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:41 am

some pics of 26-R-4 after we had put the car back to a full width front bumper and repainted it.
Pics show the bumper fit before and after!

I currently have the very first Shapecraft in the workshop undergoing extensive bodywork refurb , including a new front end.

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:42 pm

Hi Vaughan
The car with cut off roof is the 55GUL original reg.
Now racing again owned by Michael Schryver

Pics from Spa 6 hours 2018
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PostPost by: greg40green » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:39 pm

At the risk of also being flamed , Whats the problem with Shapecraft Elans ?


archigator wrote:This photo of the Sellers-Ekland Elan posted in the current Rindt thread doesn't appear to have a parcel shelf. Could it have been a fastback Shapecraft Elan? (I know from previous posts that Shapecraft Elans are a sensitive topic; I'm not looking to get flamed here.) :D

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