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Another Engine number Question please

PostPost by: au-yt » Mon Oct 25, 2021 8:13 pm

I looked a very nicely restored S2 Elan yesterday but the engine number has me curious, please enlighten me. The Wilkins book be it what it may say the perfix should be an E where as its LP3885
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Mon Oct 25, 2021 10:22 pm

Wilkins (2012 edition) prefix list actually quotes D for a standard Elan, E being for the Cortina. I'll ask him what its relevance is when I see him next but I believe it is a factory classificaton.

My own car doesn't have any mark D or E on block, head or the plate, and all early engines are marked and registered (like mine here) in the form LP2447 LBA where the last three letters indicate the bore wall's suitability for over-boring.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Oct 25, 2021 10:27 pm

LPxxxx is the typical engine number for an S2 Elan in my observations

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PostPost by: au-yt » Mon Oct 25, 2021 10:43 pm

Guys, Thank you for the clarification.
So that gives me the impression that its the original engine?


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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Oct 26, 2021 5:58 am

That is the correct engine number for that car. It was invoiced by the factory in September 1965 to Mr CH Ellen and was delivered complete, not in component form.

I have attached an article on engine types I wrote for Club Lotus News magazine, which explains their prefixes further.

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PostPost by: au-yt » Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:40 am

Tim,
That's fantastic I don,t know what to say except thank you

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PostPost by: Stephen D Crook » Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:32 am

I have engine number 7802 in my Elan S3 DHC so a very early 6 bolt crank one
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PostPost by: teto10 » Thu Nov 04, 2021 2:03 pm

My own car doesn't have any mark D or E on block, head or the plate, and all early engines are marked and registered
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