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S1 / Early S2 lights - LHD European spec

PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:58 am

Can anyone help me with a suitably obscure question ?

I own a wrecked 1965 S1 1/2 Elan that went to the States (LHD fed spec) and originally had the round rear lights.

It will end up on the road here in France and I will refit the round lights.

However, should I opt for the UK spec lamp which is the larger Lucas 551 model (53819A)) which incorporates a reflector or the smaller Lucas 692 (53955B or 54296) lamps + a Lucas RER 31 reflector ?

What was originally fitted for the French market ?

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:04 pm

Just to clarify your question, I believe "federal" specs only started in 1967, so a 1965 S2 may be a LHD car, probably not "federal" (unless it somehow happened later).
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:40 pm

To "clarify" further...did cars sold in France have identical stop / rear lights and indicators like the US cars or like the UK cars...

I have studied "Robinshaw & Ross" are this is unclear...
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:01 pm

I believe that earliest S1 and some S1 1/2 Elans were built at the factory with the smaller round lights (L538/L539) with the small "finger fins" to screw in the lens, while some later S1 and S1 1/2 Elans left the factory with the larger "mini" style (691/692) round lights with two screws holding the lens. My research tells me that both styles were correct factory fitment on various later S1 cars. Both styles are available as new replicas now. Please jump in if you have definitive knowledge as I am looking to put my own S1 back to original spec as well.
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PostPost by: Olympicblue » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:26 am

Hello,

You can find your answer in the part manual : same as U.K. cars and it is more beautiful ;-).

Is your car running ?

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:04 am

Thank you Damien. That is an inspired reply!

No my car is still in wreck format. The engine is being rebuilt in Suffolk. The gearbox is about to be created...The chassis and body need to be replaced...but I have most of the "4 corners", the electrics, brakes, instruments etc sorted out.

Essentially I am starting from components and working towards the body/chassis last!

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PostPost by: Olympicblue » Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:43 pm

Do you rebuilt it to originale spec ?

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PostPost by: Bill » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:57 pm

Gents

My Elan 1600, 26/0538 (pre S1 labeled) has the origional Lucas 692/693 tail light assembles. The car started its life in December '63 and was shipped to me from the factory in March '64.

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