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Re: EBay Finds

Post by mercrocker » Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:31 pm

chadders wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:30 pm
Shelby Daytona coupe, a fixed head AC Cobra.


There was also the Aceca, a few years earlier......
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by SiC » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:24 pm

Let's try giving this thread some more class.
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https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1149558

Given these are bit of a historically special car, I think they're quite reasonably priced. A super lightweight, small British sports car that many other contemporary cars used as the benchmark and inspiration.

Apparently new these were priced between a E-Type and a Austin Healey 3000. Quite a lot cheaper than all those now.

However if I was getting a loan to spend that sort of money on a car, it'd be a AM V8V. Or spend less and get an Elise S1.
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by SiC » Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:27 pm

Let's downgrade this thread again.

Apparently there is a Kia branded modern Elan
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Remember when Lexus style lights were all the aftermarket rage? Some cars even came out the factory like it.
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Even says Kia on the engine just to remind you
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https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1152414

Question is, why would you go through the effort of importing such a thing back to the homeland?
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by Asimo » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:55 pm

Anyway, back to cars which I'd go places in as opposed to show off with:

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There is a giffer mark in the driver's door, but I could live with that. Cue Steve Millar Band. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A9e7R_k5Gn4
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by BenHar » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:59 pm

Asimo wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:46 pm

Not the TR7, that started as a coupe. But I should have remembered the GT6 as that is as much derived from the roofless Spitfire as it is from the Vitesse.
TR7 was designed as a convertible.

"Coupe" was only brought out because the Septics are thick and BL thought they had to sell to them.

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Re: EBay Finds

Post by chadders » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:40 am

I think the original plan for a replacement TR was for a convertible but this changed to a fixed head, before design was underway, due to the fear of US rollover requirements. The design, and its alternative, that became the TR7 was always a fixed head .
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by Hooli » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:40 am

Sounds about how I recall it too chadders
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by The Reverend Bluejeans » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:21 pm

SiC wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:24 pm


However if I was getting a loan to spend that sort of money on a car, it'd be a AM V8V. Or spend less and get an Elise S1.
The Elise S1 is an appalling pile of underdeveloped, unreliable junk with some very nasty handling traits. That's why the S2 was so radically different and a proper car with a proper engine.

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Re: EBay Finds

Post by SiC » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:19 pm

The Reverend Bluejeans wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:21 pm
The Elise S1 is an appalling pile of underdeveloped, unreliable junk with some very nasty handling traits. That's why the S2 was so radically different and a proper car with a proper engine.

I had a 1963 Elan, chassis number 5.
You mean like a proper British sports car? ;)

A mate of mine has had one for the last 10+ years and absolutely loves his. Used to use it as his daily driver for many years. However he is a way better driver than I ever can be and a proper Lotus nut. Admittedly he doesn't drive it that much in the last few years - but it shares his garage with a AM V12V and an Evora.

I know Lotus of that era (like most really) are a real mix in production. For example the wiring loom can change radically between subsequent VIN number.

Reliability really isn't that bad on them apparently. Usual K-Series issues but they're well known of course and easily resolved on those that haven't already. Not a lot breaks electrically as there isn't much to go wrong. Some stuff is flimsy because it was built to a budget using automotive generic bin parts.

For me, it'd have to be a K-Series. Apart from the British connection, they aren't bad sounding lumps and very free revving. However an Evora is not a whole lot more money second hand and supposed to be a significantly better car.

I'd love an Elan DHC/FHC but at 20k+, they're still quite a lot of money for an occasional toy to use...
And there is quite a lot of interesting stuff in that price bracket.

Why did you get rid of your Elan?
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Re: EBay Finds

Post by Max Thunder » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:29 am

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