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ELAN S1 S2 steering wheel

PostPost by: spridget » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:51 pm

Hi all and happy new year

I have this ELAN S1/S2 steering wheel

Horn push and hub provided
Very good shape with a few marks on wood and on hornpush but no dent or split

Nice patina

600 euros

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volant_elanS2 _2A.jpg and
volant_elanS2 _2D.jpg and
volant_elanS2 _2C.jpg and
volant_elanS2 _2B.jpg and
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PostPost by: spridget » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:54 pm

more pictures
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volant_elanS2 _2M.jpg and
volant_elanS2 _2K.jpg and
volant_elanS2 _2G.jpg and
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PostPost by: 65sunbeam » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:32 pm

How wide is the steering wheel please?
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PostPost by: spridget » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:26 am

Hi Eric
This wheel is 15' (38 cm) wide
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:56 pm

Would this s/wheel be the correct OE for an early pre airflow S3 ?
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PostPost by: Pastapesto » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:22 pm

Think it is correct for an early pre-airflow but probably would have had a yellow & green hornpush rather than than the black type......

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PostPost by: tesprit » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:45 pm

Sent you a private message.

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PostPost by: Bill » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:21 am

Frank

Your wheel is an S2 item - an Elan 1600 / S1 wheel has a riveted wood rim - yours appears to be from an S2.

The black horn push was introduced post S2 - should be the normal green/yellow pre S3

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PostPost by: AdrianSi » Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:57 pm

Sorry Bill not entirely correct there. The riveted or studded grip was only on really early S1's. By 1964 the spoke configuration were as shown in the sellers photos, with machined grips. These then carried over into the 'S1.5' and S2.
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PostPost by: Pastapesto » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:04 pm

....and early Elan S3 Coupe's (non SE).........
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PostPost by: Bill » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:09 pm

Adrian

I stand corrected - to a point; I purchased my Elan 1600, 26/0538 from the factory in Dec.1963, It was shipped to me in March 1964. So I 'spose the riveted SW must have been abandoned later that year (the introduction of the S 1 1/2 ??).

There are only the following 4 models of the type 26 Elan roadster; - 1500, - 1600, - S1,- S2

Nothing like design changes (cost savings??) on the fly!

Best wishes guys - happy New Year ---- Bill
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PostPost by: AdrianSi » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:31 pm

No worries Bill, I've got 0584 delivered in April 64... Not that chassis numbers were particularly chronological during that era!

This is a great source of info, but goes off Unit number rather Chassis number:
http://www.type26register.com/spec_changes.html

The studded wheel is pretty rare! But as you say in that early era of ramping up production there were all sorts depending on stock availability! It must have been a very interesting place to work at in that time... Ingenuity must have been key and make it up as you go!!!
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PostPost by: AdrianSi » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:36 pm

Oh the so called S1.5's were the ones in between, a bit of both a S1 and S2... Probably stock levels. It's clear what the differences are between the 2 but there was a murky transition!
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PostPost by: 661 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:43 pm

Elan Steering Wheels.pdf
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Courtesy of Tim and Mark.
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PostPost by: Bill » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:11 pm

Thank you Tim and Mark - I printed it out

Adrian - Now we know!

I wonder if Elon Musk uses the same technique ?

I guess so but only digitally!

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