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Being a long time member on the forum I'll admit I have not posted often. More so a few years ago regarding my 2005 Elise.

Always a Lotus fan since I was kid growing up in Pennsylvania I have always had a soft spot for an Elan.

Too long of a story adding my HS friends father who raced a Seven and owned a TVR Taimar among others. I lived in Connecticut where I attended College for my first degree. While there i worked part time and full time summers for a Restoration shop as an "Aston Martin" Apprentice but actually worked on many varied brands including Lotus.
I had the chance to purchase a Series 1 Elan in BRG for 5k that was in rough shape then (but ran) yet for some silly reason I didn't buy it and instead went for TVR 2500m. I enjoyed it for years but it was no Elan.

Fast forward in time and after purchasing my Elise I always had a vision of having the spiritual predecessor (in my mind) the Elan S1 or S2. I was fortunate enough to run across one that was advertised on Hemmings last year exactly..1-4-2016! From...believe it or not from the VERY place I worked years prior! Talk about full circle!

I immediately contacted them and after some words with the middle man, I spoke directly with the builder who was head of the race shop at the time I was there, had retired and was building select cars in his spare time. And amazingly he remembered me totally! lol. I had a "PPI" performed, issued a comprehensive report and after a few things were sorted The car was mine and shipped to me.

The car was above what I had expected and over the last few months could't have been happier after the nail biting decision to buy it. The car was quite expensive but considering its a full restoration over two years, all new components, sorted and now has all of 320 miles on it (yes still breaking it in). Being a 26R "specification" or "tribute" car as well as being a genuine S2 one could not buy the 4 pages of parts for what was paid much less the labor. All I have to do now is the usual settling in adjustments and of course "Lotus style" maintainance!

Enjoy the pics!
 

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A few more images of the undercarriage, interior and motor...
 

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Nice car

You have to take the roof off, the early cars look so great topless

Check out whether you should have limiting straps on the rear suspension,the U joints don't have the angle and can lock at full droop, apparently disconcerting when, say, overtopping a rise at high speed and locking the rear tires.
 

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Nice car

You have to take the roof off, the early cars look so great topless

Check out whether you should have limiting straps on the rear suspension,the U joints don't have the angle and can lock at full droop, apparently disconcerting when, say, overtopping a rise at high speed and locking the rear tires.
I'll check but I don't believe I do. I can contact the builder at any time so I'll be sure to give him a call on this aspect.

Thank you for the suggestion/heads up!

-C
 

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Nice car

You have to take the roof off, the early cars look so great topless

Check out whether you should have limiting straps on the rear suspension,the U joints don't have the angle and can lock at full droop, apparently disconcerting when, say, overtopping a rise at high speed and locking the rear tires.
I also fully plan on removing the top. I have to make a custom carrier first as its an original 26R top and I'd like to protect it as much as possible when it's not on the car. I have a new canvas top with refreshed hardware as well...I doubt I'll use the kit much if at all but it's nice to have.

I have an original hardtop I'm restoring for my TR6 so make that two carriers...
 

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Wow, beautiful Elan. I vote to keep the top on it. I really like the FHC Elans. I also like the 26R headlight covers. It just needs the scoops in front of the rear wheels and a set of magnesium 26R wheels.
 

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Awesome! And just the right color!
 

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I remember seeing this on Hemmings a while back. It's worth every dollar. The door panel fitment on Leno's 26R isn't even this clean.
 

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Are there u-joint at both ends of axles. I left one Rotoflex on each, on the advise of a race mechanic who build a few of these. (The Spyder CV joint version was not yet available.

I restored a '72 Sprint in 1985 and drove it > 100k miles for > 20 years. Spyder chassis & cage, 180 hp engine, etc.

If I can be of any help, just let me know.

Beautiful car. Ppl who've not driven one have no idea of how good these are.
 

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WOW!!! that is gorgeous! I'm so jelly. It reminds me of Jay Leno's Elan. That is exactly how I picture my Elan to look if I was ever lucky enough to own one. Congrats.
 

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Very cool. Love the old-school aesthetic but with all the new components. Money is funny...it's hard to put a price on obtaining a life-long dream.
 

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holy sh*t, that has to be the nicest Elan I've ever seen. Badass. Congrats!
Thank You! It's been a long time coming...And totally unexpected. But isn't this the way things go at times?
 

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Awesome! And just the right color!
"Proper" BRG.. Just like the one I lamented (well not any longer) passing on those years ago from the same operation.\

I believe the first Elan I laid eyes on as a kid was BRG as well so it's only fitting in this case...:smile2:
 
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