Lotus Elan

genuine sprint for sale

PostPost by: deryck » Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:00 pm

Hi all,

I have a very derelict sprint drop head that is now for sale.K reg 1971. Tim Wilkes saw the car recently
The car was parked in a garage in 1975 with an electrical fault and forgotten,the mileage is 48k and is one owner before me or could have also been a dealer demonstrator.
it is basically complete with original engine, and the chassis looks good the car has never been seriously touched or restored.
it has original paint in Colorado.
The supplying dealer was Len Street in Chelsea
I have V5 in my name.
I brought the car some years back with the view to restore but my plans have changed,
I can email pictures but this car is not for the feint hearted but would look amazing when restored.
The original owner was connected to a lord so it has great Provence.
The car is in Northampton.
My email is [email protected] mobile 07802387405
I am looking for sensible offers but believe 19k is reasonable but would like more if possible! many thanks
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:00 pm

Yes, this would make a good ground-up restoration project.

I have photos and history if anyone is interested and it is helpful to you, Deryck.

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PostPost by: john1180 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:50 pm

How about posting a couple?
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PostPost by: TonyCaldwell » Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:56 pm

Yes, this is really interesting; nearly 50k miles in four years - must have been properly enjoyed - and then laid-up.. What was this electrical fault, was it so serious?
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:43 pm

I'll be able to post more later on. Here's some for the time being. As originally found and after a bit of a clean up.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 11:35 pm

Interesting that the air box metal section, radiator support wings and air cleaner are done is the chassis red colour. Maybe Lotus ran out of black paint when it was made ?

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PostPost by: john1180 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:18 am

Wow! 40 years in damp storage!
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PostPost by: 512BB » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:21 am

Me thinks you have been out on one of your WINTER WALKS again Tim.

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:04 am

Low miles, one owner, super-original and a gorgeous colour....what a fabulous project!
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:55 am

These are more recent and up to date photos, showing that some remedial work has been carried out. It's still a good project though!

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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:58 am

And a final few snaps.

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PostPost by: deryck » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:08 pm

Hi all

Thank you so much for all the interest from around the world

Car has been sold to kevin from chelmsford a mint plus 2 owner, look forward to seeing the restoration,

Deryck.
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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:16 pm

Len Street.....I remember them, mainly for the fun parking on double yellows outside.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:59 pm

me too, drive up from Portsmouth, park outside Len Streets. buy spares down in the cellar.
Then as a reward stop in at the George Borough High street, park my +2S in courtyard and have a pint :wink:
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PostPost by: elj221c » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:08 am

661 wrote:Len Street.....I remember them, mainly for the fun parking on double yellows outside.


Yes, me too! They were on my way to and from work so I bought lots of bits from them in the '70s.

Also, John 'Pancho' Webb (salesman?) who was very quick in the number one Rochas 26R despite/or maybe because of, his moustache.

http://www.petetaylor.org.uk/photo_1673 ... id=3237560 (thanks, Pete)

It appears he is still 'at it'! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 785&type=3
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