Lotus Elan

Car transport from UK to France

PostPost by: terryp » Fri Oct 30, 2015 10:42 am

Hello
I am after some very quick information as I have a chance on a Ginetta. Its rolling and comes with spare body sections and tyres. Does anyone know of any haulage company who would do this. Unfortunately the one I used a few years back for my plus 2 has gone out of business

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:37 am

hi Terry,
you could always hire a 17 M cube Van and take 2 long planks for loading.
I think you could fit a Ginetta Inside with room for the other parts.
The 17 cubic metres is long and has a good charge load. Do not hire anything with a lifting tailgate because the max charge load is very low.
You can hire from Leclerc or Super U
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:45 pm

Salut Terry

I used anyvan to get a chassis over here quite cheaply. Put up your requirements and you should get quotes pretty quickly.

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PostPost by: terryp » Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:56 pm

Thanks chaps, have decided to pass on this one but will keep them in mind for when I find the one!

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Oct 30, 2015 7:53 pm

Terry,
once a Ginetta owner and Ginetta for the wedding photos, i can understand.
Sit back with a glass of Pineau de Charente and rest zen :wink:
Your chance will come like with your Elan Cabriolet
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PostPost by: MartinH » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:56 am

Ah a group of Elan owners in France, perhaps you can help me. I keep my 67 S3 DHC at our house in Normandy near Les Andeleys and have been thinking about registering, insuring it, doing the French MOT equivalent, etc and permanently keeping it there.
Any advice, pitfalls, etc
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:52 pm

Salut Martin

The easier way is to get a 'carte grise collection'. 50? gets you a certificate from the FFVE, a certificate of conformity is free from Lotus (though you shouldn't need it with the FFVE certificate) and use a classics-friendly CT (MOT) centre. Autosur have some specialised centres - check on their website. Two nice advantages of the CG collection is that you can put black plates on your car and the CT/MOT is every five years. There's still a little snobism to have a normal CG, but that dates from the days when circulation was restricted.

If the numbers on your V5 match it should be straightforward.

Let me know if you would like more detailed info.

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PostPost by: MartinH » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:24 pm

Hello Vernon,

Thanks for the info, I will almost certainly go this route, seems quite straightforward.
Do you have any indication of insurance pricing vs UK, can't imagine it will be so different.
How long does the Carte Gris take to get?

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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:33 pm

Salut Martin

If you take all the papers (including the CT/MOT) to a Prefecture they'll give you a CG provisoire so you can drive your car and get the licence plates made. As I wanted black plates for mine and individual letters for the grill that I had to order I printed myself some temporary 'plates' just in case - can't remember how long you have to change them. The actual CG should arrive in the post a week later, or quicker.

I think I pay about 400? fully comp for my +2. Limited mileage might be cheaper.

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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:17 pm

Just a couple of small things ........

Just before you change , if you haven't already done this , pay the ?5 and get the previous owners from the DVLA, once the export marker of the V5 has been sent (by you) they are not interested in the car again.

You can change from a CGN to a CGC but not backwards. It's just as easy to email Lotus to obtain the certificate of conformity. The only downside is that a CT is every 2 years rather than 5 for a CGC. I would prefer to have my brakes and shock absorbers checked every 2 years rather than 5. I didn't have the choice with my present car as being a federal car, Lotus would not issue a certificate of conformity :roll:

There has been talk of pollution limits on older vehicles, how they control this is anyone's guess so you basically have to take a gamble.

Good luck

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:24 pm

hi Terry,
you can change back to carte grise normal but imho i don't see the advantage of normal compared to collection.
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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:32 pm

I think the problem is that if they do put city controls on pollution you can't guess how they will do it. They may limit older CGN's and allow CGC's or just say no to all CGC's.
It's cheaper to get a CGN .... Initially
The black plates is a bit of a roose I think. I had two lotuses with CGNs both on black plates. I think they just say pre 1992 vehicles.
The point I am trying to make is you have to make a choice and in my opinion it's not an easy one.
Hope you are well Alan

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:58 am

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hi Terry,
what model Ginetta are you looking for, let me know and i'll keep an eye open for one.
We had a stand at the Lorient car expo last W/E and i also had my 2 TVRs on TVR stand.
Took me back a few years when i was a mod with a scooter but i didn't have a Vespa i had a Lambretta SX 200
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