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Elan +2 / 4-Door ?

PostPost by: crypto » Sun May 20, 2018 8:13 pm

Anyone know this car ? No, it's not 4-door version but when I accidentally found it, I think the lines have close similarities with the +2. The brand is called "Monica" and very few were made.
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_56 ... C3%A4g.JPG
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon May 21, 2018 2:04 am

I like the look of it; wish the article was in English.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon May 21, 2018 5:30 am

Yes, I have a road test of one in English from around 1971, I think.

I'll dig it out once I'm back at base.

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon May 21, 2018 5:43 am

Try letting Wikipedia translate it.
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PostPost by: jono » Mon May 21, 2018 10:41 am

I seem to recall someone posted here about these cars some years ago also comparing them to a Plus 2.

Lovely looking thing. Slightly Fiat Dino esq.

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PostPost by: yvesmontreal » Mon May 21, 2018 3:00 pm

Full story here in English https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_(automobile)

It was a long winded, poorly timed effort to reintroduce a French luxury car - with British engineering and Italian body design.

A handful were eventually made with Chrysler V8s, and even fewer survived. Another footnote in automobile history.
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PostPost by: vincereynard » Mon May 21, 2018 3:15 pm

"LawrenceTune Engines had developed a 2.6-litre version of the Standard engine used in the Triumph TR4."

I had a car with a Lawrence tune 2.2 litre TR lump, so

"Lawrence began to have second thoughts about using the LawrenceTune/Standard-Triumph engine. .. He also felt that this relatively heavy, rough, and noisy engine was not appropriate for a new luxury car."

I'd say he got that right!
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