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Three Elans Up for Auction at Brightwells 21 Jun

PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 3:47 pm

Two Sprints and a Plus 2S are being auction at Brightwells in a few days time.

Lot 345, the Plus 2S: https://www.brightwells.com/timed-sale/5241/lot/579297

Lot 346 Red/white DHC Sprint: https://www.brightwells.com/timed-sale/5241/lot/579626

Lot 350 Regency red/white DHC Sprint: https://www.brightwells.com/timed-sale/5241/lot/579310

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 4:29 pm

I would've liked to seen the fitted luggage on lot 346. Too bad the boot was full of 'stuff'.
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 5:27 pm

Isn’t that the car, the Regency red one, sold by an owner on here?

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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:16 pm

No, it is not the same one.

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PostPost by: mark030358 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:28 pm

trw99 wrote:No, it is not the same one.

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Seems very similar… laid up, painted at lotus etc. looks a nice car too.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 9:32 pm

My mistake! It is the same one.

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PostPost by: Roland » Sat Jun 18, 2022 8:00 am

Regency car is similar to mine but it seems to be sitting 2” high maybe more. It can’t drive well with that set up.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Jun 18, 2022 8:45 am

Roland wrote:Regency car is similar to mine but it seems to be sitting 2” high maybe more. It can’t drive well with that set up.


That struck me too and the front wishbone angles confirm it. Front shocks don't look to be height adjustable either so maybe the suspension hardware was torqued at full droop instead of at ride height ?
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PostPost by: Roland » Sat Jun 18, 2022 9:52 am

Interesting to see what the Regency car goes for. Its had money spent but the close up of the paint doesn't look great either, guided at 38-45K seems high but no idea what the market is like really
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Fri Jun 24, 2022 5:00 pm

None of them sold, but this mint 250GTE sold well! Just an engine needed, and a new shell, suspension, steering, brakes, interior....etc.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:10 am

Interesting to compare the two Sprints, one has the bottom of the sill in the correct black, one has been left white.

For the cost of a roll of masking tape and a tin of paint, the improvement in appearance has to be one of the best value improvements you can make.

- that regency red Sprint definitely has something adrift with the ride height at the front.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:33 am

It seems that quite a few S4 and Sprints suffer from being a little tall at the front. I wonder if there was a batch of springs got mixed up in the 80s between the Elan and the Plus 2 when a lot of cars may have had their first restorations?

Certainly my S4 was a good 2 inches too high, with very little give in the suspension. I slackened off the wishbones to see if they had been tightened up in the wrong position, but that made no difference. Only when I restored the car and put standard shocks and springs on the front did the height come down to the normal height.

The photo of the car on its own shows what it used to look like, and the S3 / S4 nose to nose shows how high it was. Although that is cheating somewhat as the S3 has the Tony Thompson adjustable shocks fitted, and they were a tad low in that photo.

The the under-sill area is painted satin black now!

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