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How Many +2s?

PostPost by: jonnyconcrete » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:46 pm

How many +2s do we think are currently road worthy...is their a register?
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:21 pm

See the topic called "Trevor Sparrows email address"

elan-plus-f13/trevor-sparrow-email-address-t13536.html
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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:45 am

I afraid the answer is as many mm as there are in a length of string........
Some beleive 200?
Some 400?
Some 1200?
1200 does only equate to about 23% of the total produced (5240)
I'm in the 1200 camp along with a few others including Wilkipedia :shock: , we have 52 known cars in France on our register which to me would mean that world wide there must be 1200. There's a post on here where the number is "proven statistically"

You can also register your car on Jim's excellent registry http://www.elanregistry.org/index.php The hope would be that one day Jim's registry would be able to tell us

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PostPost by: Craig Elliott » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:51 pm

There's been a number of threads on this... and as Terry has said there's lots of answers. Probably the closest to a reliable estimate of roadworthy cars in the UK is the 2007 MOT test data which indicates that 224 pre 1974 elans passed the MOT that year. This includes both the 2 seater and the 2+2. At risk of starting a further debate, Robinshaw and Ross suggest that between 8,676 and 9,153 2 seater Elans were made and between 4,536 and 5,228 +2s were made. If the rate of wastage is the same between both cars, roughly 2/3 of the 224 would be 2 seaters (149) and 1/3 would be +2 (75). However I suspect that the balance works much more in favour of the 2 seater - after all how many 2 seaters or Lotus Cortinas have been cannibalized to restore a +2? So at a guess I'd say 40-50...

...and 92% of statistics are made up on the spot!

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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:57 pm

Craig Elliott wrote: So at a guess I'd say 40-50...
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So all Plus 2's are in France :wink:

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PostPost by: Craig Elliott » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:00 pm

:lol: Not necessarily! - I'm talking about cars on the road as was the OP - there's probably at least a couple of hundred stuck in garages in the UK that are off the road and not MOTd.

How many of the 52 known in France are on the road??

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PostPost by: terryp » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:13 pm

I think about 40 to 45 , I can't be sure as there are some owners who won't give us their details :shock: We have owners on our registry with cars on the road that total 35.
You must have loads more in the UK! :D
Paul Matty normally has about 25 for sale!

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PostPost by: Baggy2 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:13 pm

mines in the 'stuck in the garage - not MOT'd' catagory but not for long...........! :)
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PostPost by: 612kiwi3333 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:20 pm

there is a registry at elanregistry.org
oops just noticed above post. never mind
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PostPost by: peterako » Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:44 pm

Put my +2 in that registery yesteday (thanks for that Terry. I had thought it was just for the 2 seaters...).

Which makes 43 +2's.....so far :)
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PostPost by: KevCam » Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:56 am

Hi

I am agraid that my +2 (130/5) is amongst the garaged and not yet MOT'd group - although after seven years of hoarding parts I am hoping that change that over the next few years :)

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PostPost by: Jay-O » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:18 pm

Hi,

I`m new here, and this is my first post.

I just inherited the user rights to my fathers `70 Lotus Elan +2 S.
Been spending the last weeks getting it roadworthy and ready to pass the Norwegian MOT?d tests. It`s been sitting all alone for seven years in my dads carport, but I`ll be damned if it didn`t start after a few tries! :D

So anyway, there`s one more +2 here ;)

It`s, as stated, 1970 Lotus Elan +2S from California.
It has Stromberg carbs, without the crossover (for some reason) and is of course left-hand drive.

I LOVE this car, it`s been in the family since before I was born, and I?ve gotten sleazy hints that I was conceived in that car from my parents! ;) My best memory from this car is on a roadtrip with dad from Norway to the Netherlands, and the feeling of the downshift in the backseat (deafening!).

Anyway - it will be spottable around Stavanger, Norway ;)
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:51 am

Welcome Jay-o, you will find lots of interesting information on this site and lots of people happy to answer any questions you may have.

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PostPost by: fasterbyelan » Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:49 pm

Jay-O wrote:Hi,

I`m new here, and this is my first post.

I just inherited the user rights to my fathers `70 Lotus Elan +2 S.
Been spending the last weeks getting it roadworthy and ready to pass the Norwegian MOT?d tests. It`s been sitting all alone for seven years in my dads carport, but I`ll be damned if it didn`t start after a few tries! :D

So anyway, there`s one more +2 here ;)

It`s, as stated, 1970 Lotus Elan +2S from California.
It has Stromberg carbs, without the crossover (for some reason) and is of course left-hand drive.

I LOVE this car, it`s been in the family since before I was born, and I?ve gotten sleazy hints that I was conceived in that car from my parents! ;) My best memory from this car is on a roadtrip with dad from Norway to the Netherlands, and the feeling of the downshift in the backseat (deafening!).

Anyway - it will be spottable around Stavanger, Norway ;)


Welcome to the forum and Lotus ownership :!:

Any photos of your car you could share with us?
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PostPost by: Jay-O » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:10 am

I only have two cellphone picture right now, I`ll get my DSLR out and snap a few good ones when I can find the time ;)

This is right after I washed it. You can se the ropes we used to tow it out of the carport. It`s in better technical shape now than it was then. Check out the license plate ;)

The second picture is one I took before I took out the carbs, just for reference in case I needed to remove more parts off the engine.
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