Lotus Elan

Elan+2 Breaking for Parts :-(

PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:29 am

Breaks my heart but this is advertised on FB

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lotusus ... 3288593577

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PostPost by: mikealdren » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:09 pm

Would make a great project for someone.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:46 pm

Got to be worth more than GBP 1,234, the engine alone....

Surely it could be restored...
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:10 pm

pharriso wrote:Got to be worth more than GBP 1,234, the engine alone....

Surely it could be restored...


Can't be put back on the road as it's a Category B insurance write-off , as for the price it's just the numpty way Farcebook has of having to list a price,,,you won't be able to buy it for that...

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PostPost by: mikealdren » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:42 pm

May be cat B but what's to stop you either getting a Q plate or getting a plate/logbook from a far worse car. With body repairs and a new frame (chassis) you would have most of what you need......
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:50 pm

Is that what's known as ringing??

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PostPost by: alanr » Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:21 pm

john.p.clegg wrote:Is that what's known as ringing??

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No....Not at all. A 'Ringer' is a stolen car that has had its identitiy changed!

No problem at all accumulating a large amount of parts and building a car. That is what Chapman basically did when he built an Elan!
Providing any future purchaser understands what he is buying I don't see any problem at all. It would end up on a Q plate in the UK anyway wouldn't it and be inspected prior to being given the Q plate by DVLA.
Seems like it has all of the potential of a good project to me...

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:43 pm

Unfortunately Cat B does mean that the vin plate can't be used again.
This is what happens with the wrong insurance company - there shouldn't be any reason to write off an Elan. The body could be repaired and the 'subframe' upon which everything is held can be replaced.
Shame but hopefully another basket case will be rescued.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:01 pm

MarkDa wrote:This is what happens with the wrong insurance company - there shouldn't be any reason to write off an Elan. The body could be repaired and the 'subframe' upon which everything is held can be replaced.
Shame but hopefully another basket case will be rescued.


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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:07 pm

So,will need a new body with vin plate , new chassis?

" Subframe ", isn't that the body?

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:26 am

We all know that the vehicle identity is based on the body but most people think cars have chassis numbers.
This is a word we should avoid if we have changed out a damaged backbone subframe when talking to DVLA.
I don't doubt that the cost of repair could easily exceed the previous value of the car but there is no reason why it shouldn't be done.
I suspect that most current loss adjusters aren't aware of the repirabiility of Elans and so go for Cat B - which is usually used for severe body damage on the basis of monocoque construction.

As a reminder here's the official descriptions
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I'd argue that this could have been Cat S but you'd have to be very persistent.
A shame to lose a car but hopefully the mechanicals will be used to save some other cars.
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