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Bespoke Luggage for the Elan

PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:50 pm

I was watching a UK TV show here in the States called "Salvage Hunters Classic Cars" where they were discussing putting some bespoke luggage in one of their projects. They visited a fellow, Colin Surman, at Bag World in Redditch to get this done. It gave me the idea of doing the same for my Elan.

Colin did not have a ready made design for the Elan so I created a four piece set to my specifications and provided it to Bag World. After selecting materials and colors the bags were put together in the matter of a few weeks by Colin's team. They shipped them from Redditch to California and I got them in one day!

Below is my conceptual design and the finished bags. The design was executed perfectly and fit and finish are excellent. Quite pleased. (No affiliation just a happy customer).

Conceptual Design:
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Actual Luggage:
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It was a pleasure doing business with Colin and his team. They even sent a personal thank you note with the shipment, signed by all the members of his team. It is great in this day of mass production that talented craftsman still exist and are so committed to their craft.

BTW, Colin is a Lotus devotee having had several over the years (Esprits, Excel).
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:56 pm

Where do you put all the spare parts :lol:

On a serious not, very nice... :D
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:14 pm

mark030358 wrote:Where do you put all the spare parts :lol:

On a serious not, very nice... :D


Actually since I don’t carry a spare tire there is a lot of room in the spare tire cavity. But I’m not planning on using it for spare parts.
I’m pretty confident in my car having spent over 50 years getting the bugs out. Also, I maintain a road service policy with long range towing, just in case.
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PostPost by: TBG » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:43 am

1owner69. "spent over 50 years getting the bugs out" - they must have enormous bugs in California if they take that long to catch!! How many miles have you done in the 50 years?

Very smart luggage I must say but this is how it should be done!!

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PostPost by: gherlt » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:55 am

May I ask what the suitcases did cost (without shipping) ?
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:22 am

That is very impressive. Now you need to plan a big road trip!
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PostPost by: Lyn7 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:06 pm

Well done, looks absolutely superb. I'm sure you will enjoy them.
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PostPost by: Ross Robbins » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:40 pm

Glen S wrote
That is very impressive. Now you need to plan a big road trip!


With that luggage and your philosophy about spares you could join me on my Cross Country Elan trip and class up the whole affair every time we unload at a stop :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:52 pm

gherlt wrote:May I ask what the suitcases did cost (without shipping) ?

500 pounds for the four pieces and my design/chosen materials.

But, since these are bespoke, best to get a quote from Colin for any particular set.
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