Lotus Elan

How to find a "Lost" Elan?

PostPost by: robin.dorset » Fri Oct 29, 2021 11:11 am

Looking at the log book I think Peter was the owner. That seems familiar.

He must have moved from Christchurch to Boscombe and not bothered to tell the DVLA.

The house in Boscombe was like a shared house with people just renting rooms there. Not the sort of
place you'd expect to find a Lotus Elan these days!

before it was sold, it was moved to a farm in Throop/Bournemouth and was being stored in a barn there.
I did go and have another looks at it then but it just looked like it would cost a small fortune to
restore it.
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PostPost by: robin.dorset » Fri Oct 29, 2021 11:34 am

And it has "Richard Morgan" solicitor on behalf of....stamped on it.
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PostPost by: robin.dorset » Fri Oct 29, 2021 12:47 pm

Hi Jens,

Do you have some recent photos of this car?

Thanks,
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PostPost by: JPMS4 » Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:46 pm

Robin,
the seller was James Castle Classic Cars....as I see now in the registration it seems to be the seller in 1977 too....

The car was a very original wreck, had not run for a long time, you know how long!

I startet the restauration 2014, finished this summer, tried to preserve as much original parts as possible...nonetheless the colour changed to wedgewoodblue.

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PostPost by: robin.dorset » Fri Oct 29, 2021 6:09 pm

Jens.

Great job. nice colour choice too I reckon.

I've got to say, it's nice to know that this car got saved and loved.

Well done.

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PostPost by: snowyelan » Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:21 pm

Jens,

Can you share some information on the lift you are using? It looks very low profile with custom pieces to suit the elan?

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PostPost by: sprintsoft » Fri Oct 29, 2021 7:58 pm

Jens,

Wow, you have done a a truly superb job in getting it back to such a high standard.

After 7 years hard labour, the car is a real credit to you.

Were you able to save the chassis?

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PostPost by: robin.dorset » Fri Oct 29, 2021 8:04 pm

Funny that I was thinking of this car at about the same time you finished her restoration.

Also that in 52 years this car was not in use for more than 40 years.

I wonder why someone in the late 1980s or early 1990s did not take on this project?

Anyway, good to know it's on the road again.

I did see one restored on "Wheeler Dealers" on TV and they bought some very nice high tech rear axle
half shafts.

I'm no expert but is everyone fitting these to elans these days?

Oh well, nice end to the story. thanks,
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Oct 30, 2021 1:30 am

robin.dorset wrote:
I did see one restored on "Wheeler Dealers" on TV and they bought some very nice high tech rear axle
half shafts.

I'm no expert but is everyone fitting these to elans these days?

Oh well, nice end to the story. thanks,


Constant Velocity Half-shafts: you will find lots of discussion on those on this site.
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