Lotus Elan

Swanmore Garage, Bournmouth

PostPost by: one-two » Mon May 04, 2015 9:43 am

Hi there, does anyone know or remember anything about a Swanmore Garage in Bournmouth? It looks like it was a Lotus dealer in the 1970s. I have a car that they sold and would love to know more about them if possible. Many thanks, Robert
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PostPost by: one-two » Sun May 31, 2015 5:28 pm

Just bumping this up the list in case anyone missed it who can help. Many thanks, Robert
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PostPost by: redskatejbf » Sun May 31, 2015 8:56 pm

Hi, I did see your original post,but thought it best not to comment. They were a bunch of total tossers I am afraid in my opinion. I live near Southampton and they were at that time my local Lotus dealer. I was in their local and a silly old biddy ran into the back of my ?lan with a Morris 1000 and tore of a corner of the fender and damaged the under side apron. As they were the agents at the time I insisted they repair it. Mistake big time they removed the fuel tank but dropped insulating tape into the tank when reinstalling it, so for several weeks I suffered from intermittent fuel starvation, it took me some time to work out that they and the tape in the tank was the problem.
I subsequently realised that when they had the car for repair they used it for their own enjoyment as the tank was almost empty and the mileage was some what higher than when I left it.
On a slightly different 'tack' I have the opinion that all Lotus dealers at that time (1970) were incompetent and that is why the Lotus marque has a poor reputation it's not down to the car or its design it was down to the numptys who were supposed to maintain them. My S4 has never let me down perhaps because I have never allowed a Lotus agent to work on my car apart from the first free 500 mile service and they Rob Walker garage were the first and only garage ( apart from Swanmore ) to show me the standard of the total incompetence of the standard of the people that Lotus used at that time.
OK rant over, but I could go on.
Regards ( sorry) John.
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PostPost by: one-two » Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:16 am

Wow. Not necessarily what I was expecting, but thanks! I have an Elan Sprint that was supplied by them in 1973. Best wishes, Robert
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