Lotus Elan

Special Elan / Fournier Lotus

PostPost by: melon.28 » Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:57 pm

Here is a links from an a special elan build around 1972 in france...

Build from a crashed 67 elan by a guy named Philippe

Forunier ...

Seems non-sense today, butt how many elan have this ways in the seventies ?

Have fun

(Note that the main site http://gtfrance.free.fr/ is very interesting, all the
custom buil french car... ang other good stuff )


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PostPost by: melon.28 » Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:32 pm

Better with the links : http://gtfrance.free.fr/fournier_lotus.html


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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:48 pm

And I thought that the French had a good sense of taste and style :wink:
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PostPost by: twincamman » Fri Dec 30, 2005 8:27 pm

proves to me the adage -- ' give a Frenchman a nice piece and he will do something stupid with it ' :cry: ed
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PostPost by: pereirac » Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:57 pm

That's a bit harsh, I love the Alpine cars which originated from Dieppe. The only problem is that I can't keep my Elan Sprint and buy a 110s. As an investment the Aplines seem to have done better that the Elan, but there again we don't by Elans as 'investments' do we :-)

I will agree that the Fournier Elan is pretty ugly...
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PostPost by: twincamman » Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:18 pm

I didnt mean to be harsh---- but the original quote was about the English and a piece of tin ---that was too close to home for me --- :P ed
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PostPost by: Old English White » Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:33 pm

... Stop , please , stop !
Englishman's never wait for frenchman's for making a mess from a car ... They seems to be able to do it on their own !!!
I only hope this car (a Fournier because to many change in France need re-homologation , so the honour of the poor Lotus Elan is safe !) doesn't exist anymore , but I have (recent!) pictures of similar "racers" that still exist ...
Want to see?!?
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PostPost by: twincamman » Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:08 pm

my apologies --- the French made some nice cars---the sleek and racier 2cv jumps to mind and the bigger 4cv luxury model of course and who can forget the Renault Delphine to mention a very few high points of French automotive triumphs ---I'm off to hand crank my Traction Avant --ed :roll:
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PostPost by: Old English White » Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:55 pm

:lol: ... Apologies accepted !
I don't know if your references are the "best of the bread" but they are all in your memory ... ! I always feel "in danger" in a 2CV (and for you , Twincamman , remember ; Dauphine (not a real succes in the states!), not Delphine ...! :wink: )
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PostPost by: Dave-M » Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:46 pm

Don't forget the Renault Alpine a110?
Superb bit of kit
Match for an elan anyday?
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PostPost by: twincamman » Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:53 am

sorry --my French is spoken with a southern Ontario accent --nez pas ?--ed :oops:
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Mon Jan 02, 2006 3:33 am

...and his apologies seem so hollow. I've still got questions about this guy's opinions on Bush and Hitler. Twincamman, do you own an Elan?
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PostPost by: twincamman » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:37 am

yes a 1964 26R #33 and a caterham tc 7 -and a 61 bugeye --I need 3 Brit cars because when one is running it gives me time to diagnose why the second isn't -while I repair the third in preparation for the first one breaking --and so it goes :wink: -------- Politicians seeking world domination are all named the same whether its Adolph or George -I am concerned as to why we in the West are so hated by those in the East -iF YOU WISH TO DISCUSS THIS E MAIL ME OFF LINE ed
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PostPost by: bs982367 » Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:13 pm

iI got in the past one A 110 Alpine Renault and sold it in 1985. Last year I wanted to buy one and the prices were crazy (2 Elan Sprint for the price of one single A110 Alpine) - so I shifted to one Elan Sprint.
Moreover, the cost of spare parts is quite low for Lotus (head and frame which I had to replace).
I can really confirm that the A110 Alpine is a masterpiece !
It is very difficult to trace a good Alpine A110 for less than 40.000 euros !.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Jan 06, 2006 9:46 am

A110 prices have always been high compared to Elans. A friend sold his ex immaculate factory works rally A110 for the equivalent of 40,000 euros to Japan about 20 years ago. At that time it was at least twice the equivalent of a original 26R in the same condition.

It sounds like the relativity has not change much over the years.

20 years ago he used to blow me into the weeds on the race tack when I was running an essentially standard Elan. I would love to give that Alpine a run for its money today now that my Elan has been developed a little.

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