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NUMBER OF +2'S IN REGULAR USE** REPLY FROM CLUB LOTUS**

PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:19 am

Just to add to this topic, it was discussed earlier this year:

elan-plus-f13/plus-the-road-totals-t18380.html

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:24 am

Tim,
I remembered that old thread when I started this one, it was sort of inconclusive and didn't answer the question other than to speculate, I don't think it's going anywhere this time either :(

Mark,
Just to clarify regular use, I should have stated in regular use, or capable of being in regular use: that equals cars that are roadworthy and registered on the road.


Thats 3 posts on my own thread...... better stop now, or someone will accuse me of just wanting to snatch 3rd gear!

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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:31 am

Alan
I think we may find out yet!

Jim's Elan World register is planned to include Plus 2's at some point. Whilst I appreciate that not all people will wish to register there car (We have 7 CLF members with cars who do not want to be included or our French register?) I beleive that when we got to 5 or 600 cars it would be a fair indication that there were 1200 cars rather than 400 cars!
Just as an aside , I use my car every week but probably not more than 2500 miles a year , I consider every-week pretty regular!

We will find out one day!

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PostPost by: Lars Madsen » Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:28 pm

peertc wrote:Here in Denmark we have 18 +2?s registered in the club. On top of that I know of at least one other +2 130.

Of those around 20 cars approximately i would guess that only 6-8 of them are road worthy and in regular use. The rest of the cars under restauration or just waiting in the garage for someone with time and motivation.

But we have 110 seven?s S1, S2 & S3 registered in the club of which I think most of them are in regular use. Thats alot in my opinion :-)

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I have a +2S 130 (0122M) - and I'm in the process of restoring it. Have been so for close to 10 years. From what I was told when I bought it it hasn't been on the road since the 80s. Hopefully I'll have it ready next year or in 2011. :-)
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PostPost by: tcsoar » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:39 pm

Hi,

My plus 2s, like Lars, is hopefully going to be back on the road in 2010/11, although I have had it tucked away for 19 years. The people I bought it from told me it was a barn find (mouse nest I found under the back seat helped to confirm :) ) and it looked as though it had not been used for some time.
But when done it will be another to add to the "in regular use" list.

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:01 pm

I have had a reply from Annemarie Brien of Club Lotus with the figures: This looks quite encouraging on the face of it, but it relies on members updating correctly each year when the renew their membership.


Hi Alan
Right here we go! This is the best I can do for you.

The first figure is the number of Elans we have various models the second figure is the amount of Elan +2?s included in the first figure.

1962 - 3
1964 - 18
1965 - 26 elan +2 = 1
1966 - 57 elan +2 = 1
1967 - 109 elan +2 = 26
1968 - 176 elan +2 = 86
1969 - 199 elan +2 = 89
1970 - 171 elan +2 = 53
1971 - 176 elan +2 = 49
1972 - 243 elan +2 = 97
1973 - 192 elan +2 = 148
1974 - 47 elan +2 = 44
1975 - 4 elan + 2 = 4
1976 - 2 elan +2 = 1

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PostPost by: terryp » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:16 pm

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Look like my 1200 is on!

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:51 pm

Right ho. Quick calculation gives us 317 Sprints, assuming all are Elans (not +2s) in 1971, 1972 and 1973. I have not counted the '74 or '76 ones in that number without knowing some more about them. I know of around 500 Sprints world wide in various guises.

Sorry to hijack the topic; over to the +2 historians!

Thanks for getting that info Alan.

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PostPost by: terryp » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:06 pm

I've just had a thought. Our French register has 50 cars of which only 30 are CLF members. I don't beleive there are even any other Lotus based clubs in France like there are in the UK, so the total +2s in the world perhaps in excess of 2000 :!:
No wonder there's so many parts suppliers! :wink:

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PS Great info Alan!
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PostPost by: pauljones » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:53 pm

just to add to the info,my elan is reg as jan 1st 1970,im not in any lotus club.its a plus 2 and is in full working order.just a shame its in uk and im not..pitty
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PostPost by: Timb » Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:27 pm

I've owned my +2 for 18 months now and done over 7K in it does that count as regular use.
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PostPost by: gordont » Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:11 am

8000 miles in the last 8 months in my S2 elan, 7 miles to work each day sadly I have only ever seen 1 other elan on the road in Sydney... :(
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PostPost by: Timb » Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:03 am

My son is out in Melbourne, I keep kidding him I'll ship the Elan out to him, would give you more to count if I did.
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PostPost by: gordont » Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:02 am

TimB, hey there are a few cheap ones for sale at the moment out here, keep yours and drive it and get him to buy one of these :D
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