Lotus Elan

A new Elan + 2

PostPost by: jono » Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:30 am

The rumour is that Chris Evans (a ginger uk media geek and serial classic Ferrari collector for all our US members :mrgreen: ) has bought a +2 from Paul Matty which I assume to be that strongly priced red one.

He reckons it's the best car he as ever had - quite an accolade if it's true considering what he's used to piloting.

...anyone else heard the same?

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:10 am

Found this that he apparently posted on [email protected] (I say apparently as I don't have an account):

"Took delivery of a Lotus Elan 2 + 2 yesterday. Already in the top 5 cars I've ever owned. One owner from new-1975. She is a red & gold babe "

So looks like it's not the Matty car - that was all red, but then there are no 1975 Plus 2's either...

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edit: just checked the ad - PM do say it's 1975 and one owner so perhaps Mr Evans was referring to the oatmeal interior when he said gold..
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:25 am

Maybe it's just the start of a new fleet...."Children in Need" charity auction? 2012 Lotus run day out? Could be good.

Cheers - rd

(I heard him say he couldn't drive in the last run. Insurance only covered the auction winners! A geek, perhaps, but not precious about his cars. I guess he paid for the cover himself. Love to know what the "total sum insured" was)
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 1:07 pm

Yes, it's true. Chris Evans did buy the red Plus 2 Matty has been selling for a while. It was owned by a well known collector and is in immaculate condition. Last aired in public at Lotus' 60th bash at Hethel.

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PostPost by: niallf » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:37 pm

I sent him a picture of my pistachio/silver beauty to make him jealous!

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:52 pm

I'm going to send him a picture of Terry Wogan...

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:27 pm

EDIT Content removed by Thought Police.

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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:40 pm

elansprint71 wrote:EDIT Content removed by Thought Police.


You were not quick thinking enough, bonnie lad!

DISCLAIMER: The voices tell me to post these things.[/quote]

I do hope the book will have a larger font size than your "Disclaimer". But I guess that would leave more room for quality pictures. A thousand words and all that...

Cheers - rd
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:49 pm

Do you think Chris will be joining here to get some tips on fixing the new purchase?

Don't let him see the Mod section. :D
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PostPost by: andyelan » Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:17 pm

Hi Everyone

The Paul Matty car had a gold coach line running down the side so I assume that's what Mr Evans was refering to when he described the car as red and gold.


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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 9:43 pm

ardee_selby wrote:
elansprint71 wrote:EDIT Content removed by Thought Police.


You were not quick thinking enough, bonnie lad!

DISCLAIMER: The voices tell me to post these things.


I do hope the book will have a larger font size than your "Disclaimer". But I guess that would leave more room for quality pictures. A thousand words and all that...

Cheers - rd[/quote]


Did you see what I wrote? That was some arse though, was it not? :wink:

We were having the galley proofs printed but it's all tuned t'shite with yet more BRM info turning up. :evil:
There will be many more photos than in the last three and nearly all the words will be mine this time, rather than the other way around. Might even use my own name, although I'll drop the hyphen. :twisted:
Great thing about the digital revolution is that it's no big deal if you have to do a major revision and it is possible to print to order, rather than have thousands of yellowing copies stored, or see them in the Pound Shop. 8)

Maybe I should invite Chris to join CLOG, after all, Warrington is now in Cheshire. :wink:
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PostPost by: leedsj » Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:34 pm

Damn! Does this mean the secret's out?

Been amazed at people's inability to see that the +2 is:
a) Triple cool - sexier than any other Lotus (or classic?!)
b) Non-girly - unlike the non +2 Elans (sorry hairstylist type guys)
c) v.fast for it's age - I've destroyed many a Mk2 Jag, Spitfire, E-Type in my time - as well as a few modern cars ;)
d) Anti-wanker - people on the whole show genuine love / respect, unlike the response of envy/hate you get with say a Ferrari or Porsche (applies to most Lotus really)
e) Formidably and inexplicably cheap
f) Maintainable on a small budget - not that much hassle to keep going / work on, and parts are on the whole cheap

You can't get a sexier, faster accelerating, better handling fighter-bomber. Let's keep it secret!

The original Tweet is here, if you want to see with your own eyes: http://twitter.com/#!/achrisevans
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:36 pm

Chris's pics from the tweet above

http://plixi.com/p/79641870
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PostPost by: leedsj » Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:57 pm

Jason1 wrote:Chris's pics from the tweet above

http://plixi.com/p/79641870


ace ;) good post. What I don't understand is Chris' "N" plate makes it one year younger than my 1974 +2S - and I thought 1974 was the final year of production?
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:40 am

Presumably it was just a late registration - maybe it hung around at a dealers or was used by the factory as a demonstrator and then re-registered when it was sold..

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