Lotus Elan

Door Mirrors

PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Sat Jul 08, 2023 11:31 pm

Bought my 67 build S3DHC in 73 and it had these mirrors and the car came over with a service man that bought it in England and then brought it over with him, Gordon
Attachments
IMG_4151.jpeg and
Gordon Sauer
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 686
Joined: 20 Aug 2004
Location: Irving, Texas

PostPost by: disquek » Sat Jul 08, 2023 11:58 pm

HCA wrote:Please, please!
No such thing as a Ferrari Dino!
Just ‘Dino’ :D


:roll:
'70 S4 Elan - Cosworth BDP & Spyder Chassis
'62 S2 Super Seven Cosworth
disquek
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 153
Joined: 25 Oct 2018
Location: USA - Philadelphia

PostPost by: StressCraxx » Sun Jul 09, 2023 12:18 am

Gordon Sauer wrote:Bought my 67 build S3DHC in 73 and it had these mirrors and the car came over with a service man that bought it in England and then brought it over with him, Gordon


That's the Talbot Berlin Jr. as on my Elan but mounted on the door. So, I guess they were used only on the S2 and S3 cars. Mine was sold out of Lotus East/Duchess Auto.
There is no cure for Lotus, only treatment.
User avatar
StressCraxx
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1449
Joined: 26 Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California

PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 10, 2023 1:28 pm

Vitalonis would appear appropriate for your car's period.

I am still tinkering away in my shed and cannot show any completed photos, but for my 1965 car I have bought some new period mirrors from Peter Denty (a well known restorer in Norfolk) as shown in the photos below:

IMG_20191228_1147099.jpg and

IMG_20191228_1147011.jpg and


Wolfe Racing attach these as shown below:

IMG_20190629_1152520.jpg and
1965 Lotus Elan S2 26/4022 (originally Dutchess Lotus East, PA and NJ Area, USA)
Frogelan
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 613
Joined: 03 Jul 2017
Location: Paris, France

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jul 10, 2023 1:41 pm

Frogelan, I went to Wolf Racing Products looking for that mirror attachment but couldn't find it.
Can you provide a link? Thanks
Greg Z
45/0243K Sprint
45/7286 S3 SE DHC
User avatar
gjz30075
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 3551
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Roswell, Georgia, USA

PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 10, 2023 2:04 pm

To the best of my knowledge, this company is a small racing concern in GB who only make parts for their customers.

This is one for the home builder / restorer.

I have a few extra photos if you are interested.

Andrew
1965 Lotus Elan S2 26/4022 (originally Dutchess Lotus East, PA and NJ Area, USA)
Frogelan
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 613
Joined: 03 Jul 2017
Location: Paris, France

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jul 10, 2023 2:35 pm

Yes, I'd love to see them. You can send them to me (or post them publicly) at gjz30075 -at- gmail.com
I'll attempt to fabricate.
Thank you!
Greg Z
45/0243K Sprint
45/7286 S3 SE DHC
User avatar
gjz30075
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 3551
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Roswell, Georgia, USA

PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 10, 2023 3:41 pm

Mr GJZ

Some more photos...

IMG_20190629_1152520.jpg and
IMG_20190629_1152598.jpg and


I think that this can be built with patience / trial and error.

Andrew
1965 Lotus Elan S2 26/4022 (originally Dutchess Lotus East, PA and NJ Area, USA)
Frogelan
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 613
Joined: 03 Jul 2017
Location: Paris, France

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Jul 10, 2023 3:52 pm

Thank you.
Greg Z
45/0243K Sprint
45/7286 S3 SE DHC
User avatar
gjz30075
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 3551
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Roswell, Georgia, USA

PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 10, 2023 4:00 pm

From memory the support drops below the fibreglass so that several fasteners can be used.

This is a good design and the best period correct / aesthetically pleasing that I have found so far. It allows the windows to be pulled down completely (although this is not particularly appreciated by the FIA rules...).

FYI the Peter Denty mirrors are very nicely made. I would however suggest that before you start bending aluminium that you do a test inside the car as it may not be easy to get the correct positioning. Shims etc may be required.
1965 Lotus Elan S2 26/4022 (originally Dutchess Lotus East, PA and NJ Area, USA)
Frogelan
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 613
Joined: 03 Jul 2017
Location: Paris, France

PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Jul 11, 2023 10:08 am

Hi Chris,
on my Sprint no door/wing mirrors but i have a curved panoramic interior mirror.
Which gives very good view. It goes on top original mirror with springs.
You can also get neat little clip-on for door frame.
Alan
Alan.b Brittany 1972 elan sprint fhc Lagoon Blue 0460E
alan.barker
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 3789
Joined: 06 Dec 2008
Location: BRITTANY FRANCE

PostPost by: holywood3645 » Sun Jan 07, 2024 9:55 pm

I used these as I didn't was to drill holes in fiberglass. They attach to window frame and don't inhibit electric window operation
Attachments
IMG_9665.jpeg and
IMG_9664.jpeg and
User avatar
holywood3645
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1104
Joined: 07 Oct 2003

PostPost by: 661 » Mon Jan 08, 2024 11:03 am

Personally, I think side mirrors look terrible on an Elan, however, function over form, especially if racing.
If you are going to stick one or both on, make sure you can see something useful with it. Positioning is the key.
IMG_1194.JPG and

IMG_1114.JPG and
Graeme
S4 SE
S2 GTS
Caterham 420R
Sold - Peterson JPS Exige
User avatar
661
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1297
Joined: 29 Mar 2012
Location: East Sussex

PostPost by: gentry74 » Tue Jan 23, 2024 4:11 pm

There have been various on my Elan since new.

Dealer put the vitaloni sebring on driver side in 67. Painted to match car. When that broke in the 70's it was replaced with generic off the shelf at autoparts store. No memory on what they were. But think "rubberized muscle car side views". Those were on for many years and while not so attractive, they tended to not be noticeable either.

I replaced all of the above with Talbot on both sides. So much more attractive. But for me.... useless. I could never get any useful views from the bullet style mirrors no matter where i mounted them (I wasn't willing to throw them out on the hood). They were basically just on the car for show (and i agree the car looks better without them).

this is what is on the car now.

https://texautomotive.com/product/door- ... ed-gam212/

The TEX mirrors are period correct (contemporaneous if from other applications) and work fantastically. I never knew one could actually see behind them on both sides of the car just by glancing at the side view. lol

G
GD
67 s3 dhc
User avatar
gentry74
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 61
Joined: 11 Jul 2012
Location: Los Angeles

PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Tue Jan 23, 2024 5:02 pm

Those TEX mirrors look good
Any pictures with them on the car
Thanks
Chris
Chris-72sprint
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 72
Joined: 08 Apr 2020
Location: Suffolk
PreviousNext

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: crannyr, MartijnElanS4 and 27 guests