Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:18 pm

Just spotted this on Fleabay...

funny inlets.JPG and


funny inlets1.JPG and



any ideas?

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:33 pm

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:50 pm

How come I wasn't informed of a new post??

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:02 pm

john.p.clegg wrote:How come I wasn't informed of a new post??:


.....its probably done on "a need to know basis" :)
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PostPost by: gus » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:03 am

I've seen the early casting heads

http://www.racecarsdirect.com/listing/4 ... _head.html

but they don't look like that

some kind of weird repro head?
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:34 am

gus wrote:I've seen the early casting heads

http://www.racecarsdirect.com/listing/4 ... _head.html

but they don't look like that

some kind of weird repro head?


That's the early diecast head in your link that was used as the first production head. Before that Lotus sand cast the prototype heads which I think this is as it is consistent with the comments I have seen written about the prototypes and how they were changed during development. Photographs of the prototype heads are extremely rare does anyone have any?

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PostPost by: oldchieft » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:24 pm

A picture of this type of engine seems to be in the front of the Mils Wilkins book.

It is at the top of the article from Autocar by Harry Mundy.

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PostPost by: Tahoe » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:50 pm

It also looks similar to the one on page 21 of Miles Wilkins book showing it in an experimental Lotus-Cortina.
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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:04 pm

Tahoe wrote:It also looks similar to the one on page 21 of Miles Wilkins book showing it in an experimental Lotus-Cortina.

This one appears to have both bridging pieces in the central gulley so is probably an evolution.
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PostPost by: gus » Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:33 pm

Reading the Wilkins book, this appears to be a really early head, like first 10 or something, probably won't fit in the Elan due to overlength intake runners.
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