Lotus Elan


PostPost by: ChrisH » Tue Nov 07, 2023 11:36 am

Hi, thanks for letting me join, I’m 63, been a lifelong motorcyclist, always liked the Lotus brand, thinking about a classic Elan to replace the bikes, here on a steep learning curve!
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PostPost by: 661 » Tue Nov 07, 2023 3:09 pm

Welcome Chris,
'Bikes' is pleural. Shouldn't you keep one? The most reliable with best ergonomics for our older frames!
As for Elans. They are incredibly rewarding. Personally I'd spend a bit more and get one that's been done fully and properly.
The cost of a good restoration is more than the value of these cars.
Down to Elan or +2.
If the former, DHC or FHC, then pick the profile you like the best. There's really not a great deal of modern day practical performance difference between standard cars. We all have our favourites.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Tue Nov 07, 2023 3:26 pm

Agreed, and, my .02 digital-currencies is that the +2 is ideal for touring because of the front 1/4 windows, and (though you can change the Élan’s) rear toe in keeps the +2 easier to control and feels more stable.
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Tue Nov 07, 2023 5:36 pm

Welcome Chris

I am a +2 fan better appointments and comfort/noise

Good luck John

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PostPost by: The Veg » Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:27 pm

Welcome Chris!
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