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PostPost by: lotwe » Mon May 20, 2024 2:31 pm

Having seen many variations, does anyone know what an S2 26R chassis plate is supposed to look like? Dave posted an image of the plate on an S1 26R, 26R4 on Jun 04, 2012, was this plate used on S2 26Rs or was the later standard Elan S2 production plate used??
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Wed May 22, 2024 8:12 am

lotwe wrote:Having seen many variations, does anyone know what an S2 26R chassis plate is supposed to look like? Dave posted an image of the plate on an S1 26R, 26R4 on Jun 04, 2012, was this plate used on S2 26Rs or was the later standard Elan S2 production plate used??

If you are trying to authenticate a 26R, by far the best place to contact is Tony Thompson Racing who maintain the register of 26Rs and apparently knows the history of most of them. There are a lot of GTS in drag masquerading as the real thing.

As the old joke goes, of the 97 26Rs originally built, 150 survive.....
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Wed May 22, 2024 8:27 am

I own one of the last s2 26R’s with known history and provenance that Tony confirmed.
The S2 plate is different to S1 26r and is not same as the standard road going s2 plate.
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PostPost by: lotwe » Wed May 22, 2024 11:27 am

thanks Andy and V (lucky person) just trying to settle a club 'discussion', some say all plates were Lotus Components, others Cheshunt S2 plate with bottom cut off etc etc so were wondering what S2 looked like to show to the 'gurus'
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Wed May 22, 2024 12:44 pm

Sorry about the photo quality, this from a well documented S2 26R
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PostPost by: lotwe » Thu May 23, 2024 10:26 am

thanks Mike, that seems to settle that unless anyone knows any better!
Here is another starter for 10, are these plates etched or printed onto aluminium and how thick is the plate???
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Thu May 23, 2024 11:03 am

I’ll attest to that being correct style.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu May 23, 2024 2:53 pm

From an S2 at the Barber Museum
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu May 23, 2024 3:02 pm

An explanation for the intense interest in the details of the plate by the OP would be useful. Just slapping a replica 26R plate on a S2 with a few body mods does not immedialy make it a 26R ????
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PostPost by: lotwe » Thu May 23, 2024 3:13 pm

Neighbour of member interested in buying one but wants info because he is worried about replicas - understandable??- and I donit know that much about racing Elans unlike many on this forum - many heads...
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PostPost by: 661 » Thu May 23, 2024 3:34 pm

lotwe wrote:Neighbour of member interested in buying one but wants info because he is worried about replicas - understandable??- and I donit know that much about racing Elans unlike many on this forum - many heads...

As said, the 'registrar' is Eddie Thompson, [email protected]
He will have details of all known 26Rs
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PostPost by: lotwe » Thu May 23, 2024 3:49 pm

yes but unfortunately he cant take Eddie with him to check the veracity of a car!!!
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu May 23, 2024 4:00 pm

Eddie will know the car and current owners and whether this car is probably genuine based on the body number it is claiming. For genuine 26R money I would also take the car to Eddie for him to check it out.

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PostPost by: lotwe » Thu May 23, 2024 4:12 pm

sound advice Rohan
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu May 23, 2024 5:04 pm

If you can't take the car to Eddie, incur the necessary expenses to bring Eddie to the car.
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