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Jay Leno's Elan - Synopsis

PostPost by: archigator » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:35 am

A summary of Jay Leno's heavily-modified Elan build, compiled from expisodes from 'Jay Leno's Garage' - Elan blog...

http://www.autoblog.com/2014/03/31/jay-leno-goes-old-school-1966-lotus-elan-26r-video/

Academically, it's interesting to see what can be done to an Elan with an unlimited budget. It's obvious that it's one of his favorites.

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PostPost by: nudgernog » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:28 pm

the white elan looked so much better before they butchered it into that hot rod.

we have lost a nice original car there forever.

they should have left it be.
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:47 pm

I'm not sure much of the white car went into it, other than the serial number. Isn't it a new body, sub-frame, suspension, engine, transmission, wheels....
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 10:52 pm

I agree its really a new Elan built from scratch to a whole new specification. A nice upgrade in a lot of ways but i certainly would have done a few things a little differently for a road car.

Thinking back through the build videos I cant recall a single original item off the white car being used - maybe the door handles?? It should be out there somewhere still I would guess.

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PostPost by: nudgernog » Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:20 am

you can see in the last video that the chassis was blasted and re-used.

the chassis plate of the original car is on the bulkhead.
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PostPost by: ken ob » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:24 am

I suppose it is very good workmanship but strikes me as more money than sense.

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PostPost by: robertverhey » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:28 am

A beautiful car but I couldn't stand the sound of that chaff-cutter transmission!
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PostPost by: archigator » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:03 pm

Personally, I much prefer maintaining a stock Elan, but I think this is an interesting experiment.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Apr 17, 2014 10:47 pm

Could he not have just built this thing without wasting ANY original Elan parts?

Sorry Jay; I know you are, conveniently, dyslexic but perhaps you could pay someone to read my message to you?
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PostPost by: Sundaydriver » Tue May 06, 2014 1:28 pm

This is a great tribute to Lotus , It's an interpretation, a very personal one.
They've added lightness in spades, whilst also adding a smart interior.
Did I hear that right, they cast a bespoke block ???
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PostPost by: Chancer » Tue May 06, 2014 3:36 pm

85 watt alternator :roll:

And where does Bugatti come into it? :?
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PostPost by: JonnyPlus2 » Tue May 06, 2014 5:02 pm

> we have lost a nice original car there forever.
Well, there seems to be no shortage of original cars out there. Although one could make a strong case that we've only lost the chassis and the chassis plate from this one. :D

Personally, I like it a lot. Given that Jay decided to mod it, Jim did a fabulous job. Jay voted with his wallet (although it's just chump change to him) and he followed his muse (or at least Jim Hall's) and did something semi-unique, a 26R for the street.

There's room for both the originalistas and modders in the Elan fold. When a restoration or a restomod is done nicely I think that the culprit deserves kudos for a job well done.

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