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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allard wrote:
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Emma's Lotus Elan is kept at

Cars of the Stars Keswick
Standish Street
Keswick
Cumbria

http://www.carsofthestars.com/



They have the colour era powder blue Lotus Elan 3S, and not the monochrome era white Lotus Elan S2, just so you know.



great cars....have never seen one..'cept for photos...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allard wrote:
Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Emma's Lotus Elan is kept at

Cars of the Stars Keswick
Standish Street
Keswick
Cumbria

http://www.carsofthestars.com/



They have the colour era powder blue Lotus Elan 3S, and not the monochrome era white Lotus Elan S2, just so you know.



Just a reminder that this museum closed down in 2011 and sold all the cars to the Dezer Collection in Florida.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I just want to add that the information I sent was correct at the time I posted it in December 2009. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and sadly Dezer didn't seem to have any interest in it. It was up for sale on their website back in July but I notice it's gone now so it could be anywhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mousemeat wrote:
Allard wrote:
Dandy Forsdyke wrote:
Emma's Lotus Elan is kept at

Cars of the Stars Keswick
Standish Street
Keswick
Cumbria

http://www.carsofthestars.com/



They have the colour era powder blue Lotus Elan 3S, and not the monochrome era white Lotus Elan S2, just so you know.



great cars....have never seen one..'cept for photos...


I have. In the work place of a Lotus dealer. It's small. Looks old, but also expensive because of the materials used for the interior.
It was a small sports car. Approximately 12 000 were made.

more details
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Elan

It's not that cheap nowadays, and if you want to own one, I would advise you to steer away from it if you don't know anything about mechanics. It is handy of you can do some jobs on this kind of cars yourselves, nowadays.

I've once seen one in a garage, and the dealer told me the owner wanted to drive with it to the south of France, and to spend his vacation over there.
To be on the safe side, they decided to put extra cooling in it...
That to give you an idea about the fragility of this kind of cars.

Moreover, they aren't safe to drive.
Take a look at this picture:



Now just imaging you're hit by a car on the side...
You would get squashed against the backbone, because you're sitting beside it.

Look here for one ot fhe original leaflets
[img]http://www.productioncars.com/vintage-ads.php/Lotus/Elan[/img]

I would like to get the chance to drive it once, preferrably on a circuit; but I don't think it would be very amusing to own one because of the frequent mechanical problems such an old car would run into nowadays.
A Mazda MX5 is a good alternative. Yes, I know, it's Japanese... What happened to British car manufacturing?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until 10 years ago it was rather easy to find and buy one, but nowadays it has become difficult, and they have become expensive, unlike 10 or 15 years ago.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's one for sale in the Netherlands: http://www.marktnet.nl/autos/oldtimers/lotus-elan-s4-1970-11936575.htm
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I would like to get the chance to drive it once, preferrably on a circuit; but I don't think it would be very amusing to own one because of the frequent mechanical problems such an old car would run into nowadays.


As long as it was well maintained, a car like the Lotus Elan shouldn't present too many problems to run, as it's actually quite simple mechanically. The fibreglass body is fragile though, and probably less easy to repair than a metal one. Many classic cars are still around because they are much simpler to work on than modern vehicles, which have complex electronics and elaborate mechanical components. They may be more comfortable and safer - but they're much less fun !
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speed Six wrote:
Peter Motte wrote:
I would like to get the chance to drive it once, preferrably on a circuit; but I don't think it would be very amusing to own one because of the frequent mechanical problems such an old car would run into nowadays.


As long as it was well maintained, a car like the Lotus Elan shouldn't present too many problems to run, as it's actually quite simple mechanically.


I agree, there are still a few on the roads and many of them make the bi-annual trip down to the Le Mans Classic. It seems strange to me to read people say they've never seen one, here are a couple of pictures taken this morning at my local pub where classic cars meet every 1st January.



The Elan is often cited as the inspiration for the design of the Mazda MX5, but personally I'd prefer a series 1 Elise (also pictured this morning)...



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:
The Elan is often cited as the inspiration for the design of the Mazda MX5, but personally I'd prefer a series 1 Elise (also pictured this morning)...
As so often, top is much prettier than bottom.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't see many hardtop versions, which look rather different - more European somehow.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Wegg wrote:

I agree, there are still a few on the roads and many of them make the bi-annual trip down to the Le Mans Classic. It seems strange to me to read people say they've never seen one, here are a couple of pictures taken this morning at my local pub where classic cars meet every 1st January.


I spotted a few at the Brooklands classic car meet yesterday as well, plus a number of Steed style Bentleys.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has come on eBay and I'm very tempted.



One bid of 30 so far.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a few Avengers cars like this floating around ebay. Not official releases, but something certain buyers have put together themselves. Put together rather nicely, but make sure you know what you're getting.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the magic phrase is "Code 3". The seller has been completely honest in the description, just make sure you read and understand it.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Thanks both.

If it has been altered or adapted then there's probably been more care afforded to it than by a manufacturer. It looks like a very nice job anyway.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Yes, the magic phrase is "Code 3". The seller has been completely honest in the description, just make sure you read and understand it.


Exactly. It probably has had more work put into it than an "official" release, ironically, but I wouldn't want anyone to pick it up thinking it's something else. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Following in the vein of the dealer-created Lotus, some industrious soul has also gone and made a little version of Emily, complete with teeny tiny bowler on the roof (which I have to admit is pretty cute). Smile

There seem to be lots of these made-to-order diecast Avengers cars floating around recently. I wonder if demand's up, or there are just a couple of dealers who specialise in these things suddenly getting on ebay.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emma Peel gets a mention in a new comic book about Lotus chief Colin Chapman. The following frame is from the current issue of Classic & Sports Car magazine.



The artist Christian Papazoglakis has his own website at www.papazoglakis.net and the book Colin Chapman: The comic-strip biography is available on Amazon

Coincidentally, I saw a copy of the poster featuring Jim Clark at the Goodwood Revival last weekend - together with the racing driver's own road car.





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Nice find Ian! Very Happy
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