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Tracing my Elan from the 1980's...

PostPost by: sprintsoft » Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:43 pm

Dear All,

Does anyone know where this car is?

Reg: 'XAM 80K'
First Registered January 1972
Monotone Yellow DHC Sprint

Tim Wilkes kindly gave me some info he had an the car as he had seen it it featured in one of Graham Arnolds' books.

I would like to connect with the current owner out of curiosity, a catch up and reminisce! I owned it between 1979 and 1983, I see it hasn't been MOT'd since 2014 so it's probably off the road somewhere.

We were living in Torquay at the time and sold it in Devon in '83, but of course al these years later cannot find any record of who it went to!

Best,
Iain
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PostPost by: sprintsoft » Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:43 pm

Has anyone tried using the DVLA V888 form to enquire about a car they had previously owned, or is this only for current ownership?
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:01 am

Hi Iain,
I don`t think you will get much from DVLA nowadays.
Before they finally caught up with the new privacy laws, they sent me details of all previous owners and sale dates. At the time I was delighted, but thought that it could not last.
The rules at the time were that you had to be the owner and give a reason for wanting this information which was acceptable to them.
Eric in Burnley ( thirteenth owner, is this a record ?)
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:30 am

XAM80K is photographed in the "Super Profile" series book by Graham Arnold. There are four colour photos on page 53.

Foulis motoring book published by Haynes. 1982

ISBN 0 85429 330 2

One will turn up on ebay sooner or later.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:00 pm

I suspect your only chance is to write a letter to the current owner - make it a gentle enquiry from a previous owner. Put a stamp on it and leave it open. Put that in the post to the DVLA to the V888 department with a letter saying you understand V888 are not possible these days but you’d appreciate it if they could forward the enclosed letter to the current keeper (say they’re welcome to read your letter).

Then it’s a matter of luck - I’ve had success and also had it all returned to me.

Good luck
Steve

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PostPost by: sprintsoft » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:18 pm

Thanks Pete,

I have the book already, I was chatting to Graham Arnold at Castle Combe in 1982, he admired the car, and asked if he could take some pics for his latest book.

He was such a great character, never without a story to tell, sadly missed.

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PostPost by: sprintsoft » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:30 pm

elanfan1, thanks for the DVLA idea, I’ll certainly give that a try!

I see you are in Cardiff, I’m over near Llanelli, I bought a Lagoon Blue130/5 last year that had been in Cardiff for the last 10 years or so... small world!

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