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Elan 1600 - 57th anniversary

PostPost by: Bill » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:45 am

Hi All

57 years ago today i forwarded my check for final payment of my Elan 1600 (26/0538) to Lotus cars. It was the delivered to my shipping agent at the London docks for shipment to Vancouver. the total cost was 1,210 British pounds. I was ship-side for unloading in early May and had my first glimpse of an Elan.

Out for a drive tomorrow.

Anybody else had their Elan that long?

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PostPost by: Lyn7 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:38 am

Hi Bill. Well done and congratulations on the anniversary.!! I am afraid I can only claim a mere 42 years and going.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:43 am

Bill, I'm sure you win The Cup on this one. Congratulations! I know you have many
great stories to tell.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:28 pm

wonderful lasting relationship... any period and present photo to share ?

keep it on the road !
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Mar 29, 2020 1:45 pm

Best wishes Bill, stay safe!
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PostPost by: l10tus » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:15 pm

Bill,
We hope that's an "essential" drive ??
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:55 pm

Hi Bill,

Enjoy your 57th anniversary drive and keep your stick on the ice.

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PostPost by: saildrive2001 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:06 pm

Congratulations Bill, enjoy the drive on Vancouver Island. I can only claim 50 years of ownership. Too much grit & salt on the roads here in Ontario to think about going for a drive.
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PostPost by: hamm61 » Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:18 pm

Wow , Well done Bill as I am 58 that is a long time , I wanted one when i was 18 had to wait until last June bought a cracking +2 drop head now confined to barracks because of the virus !
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PostPost by: lotusS2guy » Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:18 pm

Wow. Congratulations on an amazing achievement. I thought I had a long-term relationship with my Elan, having picked it up in February, 1966, but you have me beat by a mile. Keep safe and well.
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PostPost by: wildbillorr » Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:09 pm

Bill

What a fine anniversary and tribute to the marque and your loyalty and appreciation.

I picked up 26/0106 off the assembly line in April (don't remember for sure) 1963. I
would have loved to join you in celebration - sadly when I returned overseas in the
mid-seventies, I gave it away. One of my biggest regrets.

Enjoy it - keep your head down and stay safe,

Cheers, Bill
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PostPost by: elanner » Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:58 am

Many congratulations - we're all jealous!

It would be great to have a brief precis of the car's history. How many miles, water pumps, engine rebuilds, chassis, etc. For most of us this information is lost forever....

And a picture!

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PostPost by: Bill » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:26 pm

Thank you for the kind comments gents - I will get back with some history details shortly.

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PostPost by: Bill » Fri May 08, 2020 8:35 pm

And 57 years ago today (May 08 1964) I cleared it from Canada customs in Vancouver and brought it home to Lotus Land (Vancouver Island)!

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PostPost by: benymazz » Sat May 09, 2020 4:13 am

My Elan is coming up on 55 years at the end of June - its long and winding history is chronicled in the “Saga of 26/4623” thread.

My dad owned it from the day he got it in 1965 to the day he died in 2014. Not many people have the patience to stick with one Elan that long it seems :lol:

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