Lotus Elan...+2 +

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Here is a feature I found in an old 1962 mag, note the Elan had a 1498 engine at first and later when the 1558 came out, I believe the very early ones were recalled to have it retro fitted.

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This didnt go according to plan, there is supposed to be a couple of near identical +2 Lotue Elans, and the guy standing by his one Kevin, did the heads(there was a crack in one)as he was a gas welder in alloy parts.

The other belonged to, a friend up the road Harry, maybe be still does

He also had a JPS Europa-I spotted Harry's car" in a  car show a row, from a distance, thinking Harry does'nt normally do car shows and when I got closer a young lady, I found out was with a chap Kevin, she was from the Southend club. Got talking to Kevein and told him a Jag, Aston etc guy at Cheshunt, when I was trying to get the heads done, had been sniffy about the Daimler version of the Mk2, so when he found out what needed doing said he was an alloy welder and would do the crack for me.

I didnt realise that the long delay was that he had split up with Janice and had been avoiding Southend

Anyway that info was imparted at the Chigwell Police show, wherein the plus 2 was next to an S3 or 4 Elan I had seen on the road before and others i cant recal. He said he had done the heads and apologised not having been in touch. Later he brought them over in his +2, so Harry had agreed also to an Impromptu meet. I had a short ride upn the road in the one with the sunroof, Harry's being a 1650 Burton Tuned job.So everyone was happy.

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If you like a car that doesn't rust, and an ex-fireman, the Lotus is a brilliant option.

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Can you explain the Fireman bit, PP, do they catch fire, or maybe yours did?

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Can you explain the Fireman bit, PP, do they catch fire, or maybe yours did?

Yup, sure can. Had a horrendous time with a 2+2 Lotus. A month or so after rebuilding the engine (with an ex Lotus engineer) the damn thing went up in flames.

http://www.classicandsportscar.com/forum/your-and-our-classics/cars-i-have-owned-since-1962-to-present-day?page=5

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SHope this wont make you feel to grevious about your bad lucked Lotus, sorry to hear that pp, I only ever had that short run in the webastow roofed car, but a sailing friend had a superlight Caterham with the Rover Twink 4, and had a go in that, felt very vunerable and it was real skittish when it began to rain, but fun. Would have given body parts for one in my prime, now I wouldnt give one houseroom, well maybe something like this,to have the best of both worldshowever I could accomodate 4 motorbikes in the same space/ or come to think of it probably another 4 behind, currently there are 6 and a couple in bits in the garage, plus all my sailing gear and various gubbins hoarded since the last move, so I think that Dolly Sprint alike is a pie in  the sky pipedream.

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SHope this wont make you feel to grevious about your bad lucked Lotus, sorry to hear that pp, I only ever had that short run in the webastow roofed car, but a sailing friend had a superlight Caterham with the Rover Twink 4, and had a go in that, felt very vunerable and it was real skittish when it began to rain, but fun. Would have given body parts for one in my prime, now I wouldnt give one houseroom, well maybe something like this,to have the best of both worldshowever I could accomodate 4 motorbikes in the same space/ or come to think of it probably another 4 behind, currently there are 6 and a couple in bits in the garage, plus all my sailing gear and various gubbins hoarded since the last move, so I think that Dolly Sprint alike is a pie in  the sky pipedream.

Good to have pipe dreams. We all need'em

Love the aesthetics of the Elan but they really are too temperamental for my liking.