Lotus Elan

Hardtops early production

PostPost by: 1963 S1 » Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:41 pm

Who originally produced the first Elan hardtops? Was it Bourne? Was it Lotus, other? Were the hardtops originally available for the S1 or only came into existence for the S2, where some existing S1 owners opted to purchase for their S1 cars?

The Lenham hardtops were only produced/fitted to the later Elans, such as S3/S4, correct?
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PostPost by: bitsobrits » Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:39 am

So not definitive, but one of the S1's I've owned was purchased from the widow of the original purchaser, and she indicated it came with it's hardtop in the summer of '63 when picked up from the supplying dealer (in the U.S.).

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Elan S3 1967 FHC pre airflow

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Elan S3 1966 FHC pre airflow
Elan S3 1967 FHC airflow
Elan S4 1969 FHC
Europa S2 1970
Esprit S2 1979
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:44 am

My S1 Which was in the first batch delivered to Australia in early 64 was supplied with a black hardtop.
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