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S3 Elan Basket case for sale

PostPost by: jimj » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:53 am

A pal has a buyer for a car he`s selling but the buyer needs to sell his "basket case" 1967 Elan S3 DHC. Assuming it`s all complete and original but a real basket, what`s it worth?
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:32 pm

Finger in the air, intake of breath...?7-10k?

Is it all there? If so then obviously more attractive.

Any advances?

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:42 pm

Sounds about right, maybe even a tad more if it has the original stuff like steering wheel.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:08 pm

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PostPost by: pereirac » Fri Feb 17, 2012 1:27 am

There is a basket case Sprint on Ebay, should be interesting to see what it makes..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270915185561? ... 578wt_1278

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PostPost by: jimj » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:16 pm

I`ve been to see this today and even the tarpaulin it`s been under is a basket case. Apart from the steering wheel, maybe bonnet, and missing passenger glass it`s complete. Supposedy an S3 SE with bolt on wheels (?) with a green log book and owned since 1978 the petrol tank, for example, is brown dust. The suspension is heavily corroded and the condition is just shocking....but complete. It`s been off the road since about 1979 and stored outside for the last 2 years. Tim, does this affect your valuation?
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:23 pm

Not quite everything there Jim, so room for negotiation. But if you don't want it for ?5k, someone will for around ?7k, I wouldn't wonder! Lovely patina of age!

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PostPost by: terryp » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:45 pm

Wow, and I thought my parts budget was quite large!

Bon courage to the buyer!

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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:57 pm

Looks a bit like mine when I first saw it. :shock:

It's clearly had a hard life and appears to be wearing a S4 front end.

It shouldn't be worth much at all, but in these crazy times we live in ............ :roll:
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PostPost by: terryp » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:01 pm

nebogipfel wrote:It's clearly had a hard life and appears to be wearing a S4 front end.


Hold on I've got an idea :idea: :idea:

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PostPost by: jimj » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:26 pm

No the front is S3, just a funny angle from the camera. The owner thinks it`s worth ?10K+, my mate thinks 50p.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:57 am

It's not for me I'm afraid. I can see an enthusiast without the funds for a good car thinking that this is the only option for Elan ownership and therefore the price getting bumped up by people in the same predicament.

Looking at the photos, I think it would probably cost less to build an Elan from new and second hand parts then to resurrect this one.

Jim in one of the photos you were kind enough to send me it looks as if the car has woodworm or has been peppered by a shotgun!

I can't imagine what horrors the engine holds in store - Jim perhaps you should post the engine bay photo?

If a sale can be made, I sincerely wish the future owner the best of luck.
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PostPost by: jimj » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:34 am

Engine bay and holes in bonnet pics.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:45 am

Does it come with a blank set of divorce papers?
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PostPost by: bast0n » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:54 am

I suppose someone with the space and no time constraints could take it on and just potter along as parts come available. Quite fun to do, and paint it white with blac......................... :wink:
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