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The last Elan made - Historical curiosity

PostPost by: Elan45 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:05 am

Great piece of history Phil. Interesting how certain automotive icons have fought the unionization of their factories. Names such as Henry Ford and Ettore Bugatti and ACBC, probably a large number of others.

I wonder how many Cheshunt workers and assemblers moved to Hethel. I wonder if there were any people assembling the last of the Sprints who were still around when they had started w/ the S1.

There used to be a timeline page that had dates from various milestones in Elan production and there were some very thin times during those ten years.

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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:12 pm

This reminds of something comparable with BMW motorbikes. Back in the days when the pinstriping on the bikes was all done by hand (by middle-aged frau in aprons, no less), many of the strippers would sign their initials to the undersides of the fuel tanks. Having an initialed tank is today something that enthusiasts treasure.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:42 pm

The Veg wrote:, many of the strippers would sign their initials to the undersides of the fuel tanks. e.


The grammar in this thread is appalling but very amusing, or should that be appealing?
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PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:26 pm

Spyder fan wrote:
The Veg wrote:, many of the strippers would sign their initials to the undersides of the fuel tanks. e.


The grammar in this thread is appalling but very amusing, or should that be appealing?


Too funny
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:43 pm

D'OH!

Frikkin' auto-correct! :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:23 am

Slowtus wrote:
Spyder fan wrote:Phil,
That?s a nice piece of well researched ephemera. The assembly line photo is great, I expect that Rick had platform shoes and flared jeans to go with that hairstyle as well as a nice collection of Paisley shirts and tank tops.

I wonder how many of the the +2S130 cars following the last Elan still survive?

How many other interesting bits do you have in your collection? The last time I saw you at a show you were laden down with parts and souvenirs!


Ahem, taken in 1975...(the S2 is behind the Mini).

We knew how to dress back then :D

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I don't know what you mean, I still dress like that now! :lol:
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PostPost by: JimE » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:34 pm

I have Rick's autograph on my 73 car too. Jim
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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:09 pm

Rick was a busy guy!
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:46 pm

I love the signed gove box it makes it a tad more special than any replacement part, be careful with it!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:25 pm

Elan Peter wrote:I love the signed gove box it makes it a tad more special than any replacement part, be careful with it!
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Agreed, If I were the owner of 0102H I would have kept the glovebox as an important piece of the car's provenance.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:39 pm

The sort of thing that I would love to have on my car (not for value just because it's very cool)
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