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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.
Yes, and what i found odd...or lucky that I never did see any mention of if on my Elan forums. I kept an eye out while I was deliberating on buying it.

When speaking with the builder he stated it was the only venue he worked with as he despised online dealings. He was relieved of sorts it was going to a "good home" and someone knew always wanted one. As mentioned he recalled when I worked at the shop while in school. Quite a few memories surfaced during our conversations. In fact he even informed Ray at RD Enterprises of my purchase of the car. You can imagine my surprise when I visited the operation while home visiting my mother this past summer and he knew of me and the car!
 

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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.
I also watched the Leno Elan build and this also inspired me to go for it. I believe also it's worth every cent and I even managed to shave off a bit...:)

I mean, basically how often do these cars some up for sale no matter the condition much less this one and spec? Hence why I was again, really surprised I never noticed or ran across any mention of the Hemmings ad during that time span.
 

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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.
This was the builder's intent as he has been driving an Elan since the 60's. He has always wanted to build a "26R" so he set about doing so (he also has and is building a few other cars including a beautiful blue Europa...Which was the Hemmings site a few months ago...) In addition he wanted to have some period pieces but also make the car street enjoyable. He managed to straddle the line of building the car to accommodate the new owner if he wished to build upon it further for more track duty.
 

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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.
Exactly my thought at the time and indeed "pushed me over the edge". This was a very long time dream to have an Elan..Especially of this type and condition.
 

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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.
Thank You for the proposal and indeed if I ever require I'll PM you.

The builder as well had been in the vintage race business for over 30 years (i worked under him for a time) taking care of his and the customer vintage race cars at varied circuits around the country. I've seen him build many Elans even when I was there. They were even "reliable"... lol But I'll bring up the issue the next time I speak with him.
 

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And I'll add a few more pics.

Already over the summer I won a few awards in the shows I entered. I love driving it! I work quite a bit however and have a few other "kids" in the garage but I got her out as much as I could.

The shake down will continue this year once the winter is over I'm sure. Last season (as can be seen in one of the images) I went over the paint and continue to detail. I had to sort out the ground on the rear tail lamps will be fettling with the door seals. The left hood latch is being difficult but I was close to getting the damn thing to stay shut. Have to find a slight rattle/buzz behind the IP. Recut the foot well carpet it's slightly off by 25mm on the leading edge. Replace the valve cover gasket..slight leak. Of course go over things as it settles in and check, tighten/retorque.
 

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:drool: :drool: :drool:


One of the nicest I've seen.

Really, a carpet fitment off by 25mm? Your standards are a lot higher than the factory's, LOL. :grin2:

Maybe that spot is like that in order to sweep the dirt underneath!
 

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The finest garages have '65 S2s and '05 Elises in them. ;) OK, even some rather messy and shabby garages like mine have them! Great-looking Elan - it's nice to see that to help keep me motivated to finish putting mine back together (it's in pieces since after the water pump failed around LOG33 then I ripped out the wiring, dash, etc - you know how it goes!) I generally don't like dark colors on the Elan (yes, including BRG - sorry BRG fans!) but the yellow stripe makes all the difference.

What size tires are those? 14s maybe? They look pretty large. I'm used to wide but not tall - mine runs 205/60/13s. Toyo R-spec seem to be about the only decent choice for new tires; it looks like you may have similar tires on there.

Oh, and like Atwell says - worrying about carpet fitment on an Elan? :) Your car never had carpets from the factory so don't worry too much!

The plug wiring routing is different in the different sets of pictures. I always ran mine under the valve cover, there's a little opening under it by the firewall where you can route the wires very neatly without them hanging all over the top of the engine. I expect someone will tell me why this is a bad idea since I see so few other Elans with them that way!

Your interior looks terrific! That's by far the worst part on life. Regarding the hardtop - does that have some sort of package shelf in it or something? I would expect to see body color on the fiberglass behind the seats but it looks like a flat black and have a different shape than I would expect to see?
 

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Welcome to the Club. Nice Elan!
 

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Welcome to the Club. Nice Elan!
Thank You and BEAUTIFUL Elan! I'll venture to say an S1?

So close to the one I passed on I earlier mentioned (well in much better condition it looks like) and similar to the one I took out for a spin from a local specialty dealer in the area... This drive rekindled my bug again to desire (actively) an elan..

I'll see If I can find a few pics of it... This was 2.5 years ago....
 

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Long time no see Chris. That is one great looking Elan. Good to see it is in the right hands!

See you around Michigan this summer.
 

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What special Elan! I've seen it a few times at cars and coffee, where we have talked, and it's always amazing. Great that you could speak with the builder before the purchase. I have a 69 Elan that is more stock. It needs a good paint job.

Bob
 

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When I was a kid, it was the Esprit that made me aware of Lotus. I knew some of the racing heritage and the lightweight philosophy. It was the Elige chassis that drew me to the brand as an adult auto enthusiast. Especially since owning my Elise, I've been learning more details about the brand and history and that has lead me to appreciate the old school Elan. They are beautiful cars!

Your example looks stunning, and the back story on this build sounds like it was done well. It's also clear that you are detail oriented and are going to continue to care for this car the way it deserves.

Cheers to many years of enjoyment for you and the car.
 
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