Lotus Elan

How Many Left (in the UK)?

PostPost by: CG901 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:13 pm

A friend of mine just passed a long this website, showing the numbers of registered Lotus in the UK annually since 2001. Not sure why there are two rows for the S2.

http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/?utf8=%E2% ... lotus+elan
Current: 1965 S1.5 26/4004, 1966 S3 FHC 36/5192, 1958 Fiat Abarth 750GT Zagato, 1967 Brabham BT21B, 1988 Arrows A10B-04, 1991 Brun C91-001.
Past: 1971 Elan S4/SE DHC, 1972 Europa Special, 1980 Esprit Turbo, 1988 March 881-05, 1990 Leyton House CG90105
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PostPost by: Chancer » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:22 pm

Lookint at a few of the stats it would appear that more than half or even three quarters of the vehicles in each categorie are licensed (on the road) rather than on Sorn so the supply of restoration projects must be drying up.
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PostPost by: Chancer » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:41 pm

I have been having some fun with the database, trying to find the vehicles most likely to have gone into extinction, some rare models just dont show up although I know they exist some were kit or low volume vehicles so are probably lumped in with the "missing" categories.

Anyway i was surprised at just how many once numerous vehicles are down to single figures, the lowest I have found so far and to me well deserving of being on the brink of extinction is the Austin Ambassador with a total of 5 vehicles remaining either on the road or Sorned, down from 13 in 2001

I think that a bounty should be put on the head of the five remaining :lol:

Any nominations, can you beat 5 remaining examples or even think of a proper extinction?
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PostPost by: billwill » Thu Jan 30, 2014 12:34 am

The barn-finds etc were never even sorned, having been off the road since before SORN was invented, so the figures are no guide at all to how many might turn up in future.
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:31 am

I would have serious reservations about that data. I looked up half a dozen of my motorcycles and the first three were not even listed. One of the others (CB400F2 Honda) - one of the most common (Japanese) classic bikes in the UK - has only 10 or so recorded despite one of the spares suppliers buying 50 of them a year or two back. There was probably 10 of them at the local pub bike meet round here last summer.
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PostPost by: Coupe » Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:36 am

So do you think the Elan Coupe (pre-airflow) show under S2 or S3 ?
Any more 'pre-airflow' Coupe on this forum ?
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:05 am

2 lots of S2.....
S2 1960's
S2 1990's
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:06 am

The only information the database has is what's written on your logbook / V5C. It's just an extract from the DVLA database.

My S2, S3 and S4, and both Plus 2 cars say 'Elan'. Not Elan S2, Elan S3....etc.

Hence there are a lot of 'Elan' survivors.

Hence it's a load of nonsense!

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PostPost by: AHM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:00 am

+1 to Mark's comments.

there is probably also a 'Lotus' Category as well where all the ones that are registered as 'Make: Lotus Elan' and all other variations reside.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:23 am

I also agree its pretty U/S......
however gives a general indication of numbers.....approx. of course.....
1104 Elans
380 +2
1117 M100
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PostPost by: AHM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:46 am

theelanman wrote:1117 M100


You need to click on the link and add the SORN's so 1586 M100's
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:51 am

AHM wrote:
theelanman wrote:1117 M100


You need to click on the link and add the SORN's so 1586 M100's


so 1117 on the road....up and running.....
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