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PostPost by: markuspetter » Sun Aug 29, 2021 12:19 pm

Hello,

My name is Markus Petter from the Neterlands.
I have had a classic Lancia garage in the past.

I bought an Elan s1 1600 sprint f1963 rom a friend, origional Dutch registration, body is not bad and without damage.
Far from complete, but with some new 26R parts, so I think the only thing I can do is build a 26R out of it ?! what you think of that ?

Which parts of an S1 are not available/find ?
Is it true that the door locks are from an Austin Cambridge ? I miss these, among other door trim parts, is there an alternative ?

O.K I'm going to build my chassis first.

Thanks in advance
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PostPost by: elans3 » Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:42 pm

Hi & welcome Markus. Looks a good project. Just one thing, there is no S1 "Sprint", (only ever on S4's. )
It may be at some point in the past, your car was painted to look like a Sprint, but that would be all.
Your car would be worth much more rebuilt to a standard spec.Especially as it's an early car. Much as I love the 26R "look", if you 're building it to a proper 26R spec, you'd A). Spend a lot more, and B), you're hugely narrowing the market for prospective buyers if you ever want to sell it.
Tell us what specific 26R features it already has, and we'll be able to further advise.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Mon Aug 30, 2021 3:46 pm

Agreed, the S1 or even S2 are rare. I wouldnt mess with one, simply do my best to make it fun which I dont think is really that different for the few pounds of weight savings.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:29 pm

Welcome Markus.

I have a S2 Elan which my son and I have restored. I would like to think I know the cars reasonably well, but that said, on this forum there is a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience which the contributors are happy to share.

In my humble opinion, the type 26 Elan (S1 and S2) is the Elan, as it's designer Ron Hickman intended it. It's a thoroughbred of a sports car. Some Elan owners try and build a car that suits their needs - a GT or a semi track car. If the value of your car is of concern, then standard unmodified cars will always be worth more, however if you plan on tracking the car, then modifications will be needed.

Do you have much experience of Elans? It might be an idea to drive a standard well sorted car and see if you like it. It you're ever in the UK, you'd be welcome to test drive my car.

If you do decide to restore the car to road going specification, I think, just about everything is available or eventually it will come up on eBay.

If built properly an Elan is a rewarding and reliable car.

I hope you enjoy the journey :-)
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Aug 30, 2021 5:38 pm

Welcome Markus!
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PostPost by: markuspetter » Tue Aug 31, 2021 6:42 am

Elan B.jpg and
Thanks for the input and welcome.

I can tell you all about Lancia Aurelia's, Dilambda's, Flamina's, Fulvia's, Flavia's and Beta's but to own an Elan is new for me.
I have a friend (engine overhaul company) who has an Elite, and 4 Elan's.

I decided to try to build this 1963 Elan original, hope I can find all hard to find parts.
Are the doorlock's the same from a Austin Cambridge ?
Yesterday I already found an S1 steering wheel in Germany, this guy also has an S1 body + chassis for sale, without papers, maybe I can build a race Elan from this ?!

'll keep you informed.
Have a nice day/evening

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Aug 31, 2021 8:54 am

Markus, is this the part to which you're referring?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/164912667164?h ... SwnKtgx3x3
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PostPost by: markuspetter » Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:43 am

Yes i think it is ?!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Tue Aug 31, 2021 10:55 am

S1 Elans had a different types of wheel depending when they were produced.

This company makes excellent quality replicas -

https://jacobengineering.co.uk/index.ph ... -wheels-2/

Scroll down till you reach the Elan section :-)
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