Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: RoscoP » Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:06 pm

Hi William,
We just have to battle on and be patient mate!
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PostPost by: Davidceltosa » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:11 pm

HI Ross, just discovered this website forum and joined after hearing that you owned SWX 159L.
I am the original owner of this car which I bought new and assembled from components. Soon afterwards Vat was introduced and the cars were only then available in fully assembled form. When new the car was finished in tawny over white which was a new colour prepared for the London Motor Show. Lotus were unable to supply my original order for an Elan Sprint in Lagoon blue so offered me their motor show model and threw in some extras free of charge for the "inconvenience". I was happy to accept!
I would be fascinated to hear of any subsequent history of the car and it's present condition, colour and whereabouts. After 41 years I still miss it!

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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:35 am

it would seem its still alive..... :D

Registration number: SWX 159L
? Taxed
Tax due: 01 July 2016
? MOT
Expires: 17 October 2015

Vehicle details
Vehicle make LOTUS
Date of first registration 29 September 1972
Year of manufacture 1972
Cylinder capacity (cc) 1558cc
CO?Emissions Not available
Fuel type PETROL
Vehicle status Tax not due
Vehicle colour RED
Vehicle type approval Not available
Wheelplan 2 AXLE RIGID BODY
Revenue weight Not available
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PostPost by: Rob P » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:15 am

Welcome aboard Ross, hope that you get the car sorted and the elusive parts are able to be sourced.
I have been to the Cheshire meet a couple of times, great people but I'm more North West so tend to meet with Gordon Lund and co at the White Crow near Wigan/Standish. Get yourself across if you can would be great to meet you

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PostPost by: christevo » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:08 pm

I have also owned SWX159L in around1983,l rebuilt it on galvanised lotus chassis and changed color from tawny/white to gold leaf red/white.have some docs if you want to get in touch,I live near warrington
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PostPost by: RoscoP » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:21 pm

Hi Folks,
Sorry for the late reply!
Chris, I think I bought the car off you didn't I?
Your family owned Timms Ford dealership a few junctions up the M6 from me?
I sold the car to fund a house purchase to a nice couple in Pudsey Yorks and it was they who sold it to Classic and Sportscar mag.
My friend, Dave Astbury who lives outside Stoke on Trent, won the car which he has to this day. I've tried to buy it back off him a number of times without success and I understand it will be eventually be passed down to his son.......could be worse I suppose!
Wonder if the owner of my present Elan CSW 782E is still around?"
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Ross
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PostPost by: christevo » Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:35 pm

Yes that's correct,sorry don't think I have bill for your name,long time ago.Have a history file still if you could see if he wants to get in touch.Chris
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PostPost by: RoscoP » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:59 pm

Hi Chris,
Well I never! Good to hear from you after all those years Chris!
I'll get in touch with Dave in the next few days and I'm sure that he'd be very interested in getting more history for the car. Reminds me that I must let him have a couple of MOTs (mid 1980's!) that I recently dug up!
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PostPost by: christevo » Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:41 pm

No longer have timms,work at Salford van hire,running a Mitsubishi evo1,1992
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