Lotus Elan

A new Elan + 2

PostPost by: johns » Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:07 pm

Need to keep my eyes open for this as my daughter goes to school less than 100yds from Chris Evan's house in Ascot. Will make a third red (mine and the other are both Carnival Red) driving around the Surrey/Berkshire area. Side picture on his Tweet is taken at Marenello (Ferrari/Maserati dealer) in Egham
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:32 pm

It was one of the last 3 or 4 made, and I guess that they may have been slow to sell in the end...I had an 'N' reg Plus 2, and there are a few others around.

This car was originally Roman Purple, but the owner changed it to red quite a while ago. It was used for the Lotus 40th celebrations and appeared in many pictures...in red. He wanted to put it back to Purple, but it appeared in too many fab factory pictures in red to be changed back.

Here it is, in the middle.

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PostPost by: cal44 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:23 pm

leedsj,

couldn't have said it better. I have had and do have some neat cars. Although I'm late to the game, the Plus 2 may be one of my greatest rides to date.
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PostPost by: SprinTango » Sun May 15, 2011 7:48 am

Chris Evans still loving his Plus 2:
http://lockerz.com/s/100728013

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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Mon May 16, 2011 4:11 am

Not meaning to de-rail this topic but....Good Grief, that front plate ruins the thing for me !
Can you guys get away with placing the license plate underneath the air intake, all four corners attached to the bodywork, nearly parallel to the ground?
Here in Ohio the law reads "displayed" for the front plate requirement. In the seventies I attached my front plate underneath the intake on my S2 Elan, you could barely see it.

(No doubt the +2 secret is leaking out...)

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PostPost by: ebc699 » Mon May 16, 2011 6:30 am

Like this?
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PostPost by: worzel » Mon May 16, 2011 8:05 am

Hi

Just a small footnote about "the last one"- I well remember in 1976 visiting Cubleys of Ainsdale- then a Lotus agency and seeing a P registered Plus 2 in their workshop.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:49 pm

Just come across this: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sh ... w-car.html

Some 'interesting' comments from readers below the blurb!

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:36 pm

50/0951 1968 Wedgewood blue +2, 1990 Mini Cooper RSP
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PostPost by: worzel » Thu Jul 28, 2011 8:19 pm

Hi

Around 1978 I remember seeing a P reg plus 2 in the workshop of Cubley's of Ainsdale (then a Lotus agency). I recall the sales manager telling me it was the last reg'd plus 2 in 1976. Can't remember the colour though.

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PostPost by: seaandmoor » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:22 pm

I have not seen any 'P' reg cars although I know they do exist but just to add to the confusion, I have seen a dark blue 'R' registered +2S 130/5
I now wish I had pulled out my camera for photographic proof to show that my eyes were not deceiving me and I am not deceiving all of you.
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Sat Jul 30, 2011 12:07 am

I remember there being an 'R' reg for sale recently, could of been blue, or was it purple?

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PostPost by: Si_130/5 » Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:16 pm

There was a blue S130/5 on an R plate for sale at Paul Matty's in 2007. It had been restored by Ken Myers.

It may have been a very late registered pre August 73 car as the seats didn't have the cloth inserts.

Alternatively the plate could have been added later by an owner whose initials were RPC.

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:40 am

Nice pic's Si. The car sit's very nicely, as I'd like mine to in fact. Slightly chunkier tyres though I notice

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PostPost by: Si_130/5 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:08 pm

Mine sits much higher over the wheels too but that's what you get with the correct suspension. I suppose we could cut a bit off our springs but I doubt Ken Myers would have done that in his restoration of this car as he's known for an uncompromising adherence to originality.

Does anyone remember another, lighter blue Plus Two on an R plate for sale in 2005? I believe it was being sold by Nigel Wilcox and was a lot tattier.

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