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1969 S4 FHC

PostPost by: Dorsal Fin » Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:36 am

Hello to all, not been on here is a while, but I'm back with my S4 Elan, picked it up yesterday :D I'd almost forgotten how small they are, later today I'll compare it size wise to my Caterham :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:37 am

Lovely colour.
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PostPost by: 512BB » Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:55 am

Dorsal wrote:
I'm back with my S4 Elan, picked it up yesterday.

Come on Dorsal, tell us the story. You picked it up from where, looks like from restoration to me ? 6 posts in 12 years, you are a man of few words.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:48 am

Welcome back. Looks very nice and that red car is not all that big!

Is your Elan on the register?

http://www.elanregistry.org/
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:48 pm

This has a good wheel comparison in it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3KWU1qlfIM (Wheel bit is 4.10) its shocking how much bigger things have got on modern cars.
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PostPost by: Dorsal Fin » Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:21 pm

To give an idea of size, here it is next to my 5 series, and as you will already know the 7 is smaller :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Dorsal Fin » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:29 pm

512BB wrote:Come on Dorsal, tell us the story. You picked it up from where, looks like from restoration to me ? 6 posts in 12 years, you are a man of few words.


Ok then, here goes .....
I got my first Elan, a +2 when I was 19, since then I've got through numerous Elan's, +2's, Europas, Caterhams, 911's, etc, the last Porsche was a 997 (dull), prior to that was a 993, etc: etc:, I sold the 997 to buy this Elan.
I got this Elan from a chap in Northampton who re-built it. It has a Spyder chassis, wishbones and rear suspension setup, the engine is on webers, stainless exhaust, etc: the paintwork is lovely and was done about a year ago, actually the whole thing is lovely, not too nice that you'd not use it, but gorgeous all the same, and the colour really suits it.
I specifically wanted a FHC, never been a great fan of the DHC, and I wanted to be able to get one before they are into Elite money and outta reach.
For the amount I paid, and seeing what restoration projects go for, I think it was a bargain.
What else do you want to know?
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PostPost by: Famous Frank » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:20 pm

What a great looking Coupe! Welcome!

I too have a S4 Coupe but it needs a total restoration. As it is one of 5 Elans at my home, if someone has the energy to restore a Coupe and would like to have the start of one at a fair price, please contact me. In the meantime, this one really makes me wish mine was together. Absolutely beautiful!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:38 pm

Lovely car.... the lines of the coupe are much cleaner.

Frank don't tempt me... :roll:
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:09 pm

Nice Coupe, and welcome back!
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:53 pm

I too love the lines of the coupe. I'm restoring my pre-airflow model right now. It will be and always was red, the color of the SCG road test car I fell in love with in 1966.

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PostPost by: 512BB » Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:29 am

Good morning Peter,

I remember a French blue S4 for sale in Biggleswade, quite close to me, a couple of years ago. Can you confirm if this is that car? As you say, the car was very reasonably priced, but by the time I got off my a.se, the car was sold :cry:

Or possibly, the car in Biggleswade was bought by some gentlemen in Northants, and then sold on to you.

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PostPost by: William2 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:22 am

Lovely car. One advantage of the FHC is that it is more useable in british winter time.
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PostPost by: Chancer » Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:13 pm

Dorsal Fin wrote:
512BB wrote:


For the amount I paid, and seeing what restoration projects go for, I think it was a bargain.
What else do you want to know?
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How much? :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Dorsal Fin » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:45 pm

512BB wrote:Good morning Peter,

I remember a French blue S4 for sale in Biggleswade, quite close to me, a couple of years ago. Can you confirm if this is that car? As you say, the car was very reasonably priced, but by the time I got off my a.se, the car was sold :cry:

Or possibly, the car in Biggleswade was bought by some gentlemen in Northants, and then sold on to you.

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I don't know, the chap I got it from said he had it for 6 years, me might have lived in Biggleswade, or maybe that was a different car :?:
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