Lotus Elan

Door Mirrors

PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Fri Jul 07, 2023 8:13 pm

I know this subject has been discussed in the past but please can you advise what is considered best in 2023
I would like something that looks period and suits my modified car
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PostPost by: HCA » Fri Jul 07, 2023 11:35 pm

Vitaloni ‘Sebring’
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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Fri Jul 07, 2023 11:57 pm

Thanks - they look good
Can you fit them from outside without taking off door cards etc ?
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PostPost by: HCA » Sat Jul 08, 2023 4:29 am

Sebrings come with several mounting options. I would check out which one suits. Personally I like them flat mounted.
I cannot remember, but maybe the ‘pied’ mount can be made outside, but I would very much suggest against it on your car. Self tappers and grp not good bedfellows.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sat Jul 08, 2023 9:00 am

I used rivnuts to mount my Sebrings, otherwise it requires access to the inside of the door , which
requires window frame removal. Ugh.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Jul 08, 2023 1:40 pm

IIRC I used self tappers holding onto a single sheet fastener clip on the inside, which are made of thin spring steel so conform well to the curve of the door and so far have been enough for the light weight of a Vitaloni...
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PostPost by: disquek » Sat Jul 08, 2023 2:47 pm

The Sebrings are the typical choice for an Elan.

Based on a post I found here, I got these and I really prefer the look. They're from a Ferrari Dino, but they don't cost like one.

https://mrfiat.com/ferrari-250-275-330- ... irror.html

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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sat Jul 08, 2023 2:58 pm

I believe the original mirrors were Talbot Berlin Jr. They certainly look the part.

http://www.talbotco.com/talbot_mirror.htm
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Jul 08, 2023 3:15 pm

Vitaloni’s were originally fitted by Lotus distributors here in the States to S4s & Sprints.

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PostPost by: HCA » Sat Jul 08, 2023 3:38 pm

disquek wrote:. They're from a Ferrari Dino, ]


Please, please!
No such thing as a Ferrari Dino!
Just ‘Dino’ :D
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PostPost by: Brock » Sat Jul 08, 2023 7:44 pm

This was the previous owner's idea.

I'm not sure how I feel about it.

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Sat Jul 08, 2023 10:21 pm

I had a mirror previously mounted in the same location. It wasn’t a Sebring and its adjustment was very limited. Therefore I had a good view of the tarmac and not much else.

So it was removed at respray time. I’m also keen to see proven suggestions

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PostPost by: billwill » Sat Jul 08, 2023 10:36 pm

StressCraxx wrote:I believe the original mirrors were Talbot Berlin Jr. They certainly look the part.

http://www.talbotco.com/talbot_mirror.htm


I heard that the factory did not fit door mirrors, they were a dealer's-Choice item.
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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Sat Jul 08, 2023 10:52 pm

Thanks for all your replies
I have ordered these having read other posts also.

“Clamp-On Stainless Steel Quarter Light Rectangular Stadium Rear View Mirror “

Low risk if I don’t like then as clip on to window frame
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Jul 08, 2023 11:19 pm

Previous owner fitted Tex Bullet mirrors on the front wings of my car:
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Too far away from the driver to be of much use!

I think mirrors need to be fitted on the door or door frame to be of any practical use, as fitted by Lotus distributors here in the US (Federal requirement) & as shown on Ted Taylor's old car (the blue sprint I posted a picture of before.)
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