Lotus Elan

Elans & +2s Owned by the Famous

PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 12:13 pm

As a bit of fun during the December period.

Which famous or well known people have owned or still own an Elan or +2?

Off the top of my head I can think of the following:

Jim Clark - S1, S2 and S3 Coupe
Britt Eckland - S2? Bought by Peter Sellars for her; did he own one too?
Ron Hickman - Sprint DHC
Jimi Hendrix - S3? Did he own that one in the well known photo or had he borrowed it?

Others, dear listers?

Tim
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2834
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: jimj » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:33 pm

Too many, but current owners; Gordon Murray, Jay Leno, Jim Jackson
jimj
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1135
Joined: 25 Feb 2008

PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:37 pm

John Clegg?
User avatar
john.p.clegg
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 5691
Joined: 21 Sep 2003
Location: Manchester

PostPost by: gordonlund » Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:49 pm

Brit Ekland's Elan was a +2. The current owner lives in Yorkshire who exhibited the car on my stand at Donington a few years ago.

Gordon
gordonlund
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 213
Joined: 21 Jan 2007
Location: Preston

PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:36 pm

It was either Britt or Peter Sellers that had an S2, but it was a Shapecraft conversion of, I believe, a standard Elan, rather than a 26R.

Graham Hill had the twin of Jim Clark's S3 Coupe, also in yellow.

Mark
User avatar
Elanintheforest
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2897
Joined: 04 Oct 2005
Location: Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire

PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:18 pm

jimj wrote:Too many, but current owners; Gordon Murray, Jay Leno, Jim Jackson


Jim

Too many? - but that's just the point of this thread! I was wondering who they all are and thought we could have a bit of fun thinking of them.

For example, being an ignorant chap, I do not know who Jim Jackson is or what type of Elan he had.

Gordon Murray has a S3, I think and Jay Leno has two S1s, doesn't he?

Tim
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2834
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: Alasdair » Sun Nov 30, 2008 5:09 pm

Peter Egan has an S3, Emma Peel, drove but did not owned a S3?

Who was it who was in a band/group owned and was driving an Elan, where a passenger was killed and written into in a Beatles song?

Can not reall the name of the song?
Alasdair.

1953 David Brown Cropmaster
1954 S1 Land Rover
1962 Elite S2
1966 Lotus Cortina MK1
1968 Elan S3 SS Coupe
1968 Austin J40
1969 Elan S4 SE DHC
1972 Elan Sprint
Alasdair
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 113
Joined: 23 Mar 2005
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

PostPost by: Frank Howard » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:53 pm

While at LOG 27, Emerson Fittapaldi told me that when he drove for Lotus, Colin gave him a +2 however he no longer owns it. I wonder who does?
Frank Howard
'71 S4 SE
Minnesota
Frank Howard
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 994
Joined: 30 Mar 2004

PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:19 am

Alasdair wrote:Peter Egan has an S3, Emma Peel, drove but did not owned a S3?

Who was it who was in a band/group owned and was driving an Elan, where a passenger was killed and written into in a Beatles song?

Can not reall the name of the song?


The song was 'A Day in the Life' and the it was Tara Browne, heir to the Guiness estate and friend of the Beatles who crashed and died in his Elan after running a red light in Kensington
User avatar
Robbie693
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1615
Joined: 08 Oct 2003
Location: UK

PostPost by: Pastapesto » Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:23 pm

When I was selling my house a few years ago, the estate agent that came to do the valuation said that his boss owned an Elan that belonged to Peter Sellers but he did not know anymore about which model or colour.
I also seem to remember seeing a few years back in The Sunday Times magazine, an article about Sellers with a very nice picture of him with his head poking out from the zipped up tonneau cover of a white series 3 DHC (cannot remember exactly, could have been S2 or S4).
Pastapesto
Third Gear
Third Gear
 
Posts: 277
Joined: 12 Nov 2006
Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent. UK

PostPost by: gjz30075 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:23 pm

Rupert Manwaring, head tech guy for ......Brabham? back in the day.

Greg Z.
User avatar
gjz30075
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2973
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Roswell, Georgia, USA

PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Dec 01, 2008 2:52 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Rupert Manwaring, head tech guy for ......Brabham? back in the day.


Greg

Courtesy The Nostalgia Forum I looked him up. Seems he managed Tyrell, Honda and Minardi at various times.

Tim
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2834
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:22 pm

..amd was Team Manager for Lotus in 1989/90.
richardcox_lotus
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1159
Joined: 11 Jul 2004
Location: Kent

PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:45 pm

"Whatever you do don't tell them you name Pike" :lol:
Beware of the Illuminati


Editor: On Sunday morning, February 8th 2015, Derek "John" Pelly AKA GrumpyBodger passed away genuinely peacefully at Weston Hospicecare, Weston Super Mare. He will be missed.
User avatar
GrUmPyBoDgEr
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 3151
Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Location: Burnham-on-Mud

PostPost by: Alex » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:39 am

Jabby Crombac inherited oned of Jim Clarks Elans after he died and I believe still owned it until just before he died.

Tim Densham, Renault F1's cheief designer owns a +2. He was also an engineer at Lotus during the 80's.
Alex
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 113
Joined: 14 Sep 2007
Location: A North Oxon F1 Team
Next

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 12 guests