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Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby timlot » Tue 12.10.2010, 13:18

Elan SE Turbo For Sale:
This is not just any Elan - its chassis 6100 - the first Elan shown at the London Motorshow in 1989. Finished in Silver Frost with grey leather. Full interesting documented history with only 23,000 cherished miles. Owned by true Lotus enthusiasts. Everything is right and correct on this very original Elan. Includes air-con, electric windows/mirrors, Cobra alarm, ten autochanger CD. Taxed to June 2011, MOT to January. Offers over £8,000 will secure this special Elan along with books, files and documentation confirming its history. Contact Tim on 01926 859918/07831 607639 or tim.steel@tiscali.co.uk for pictures and more details.


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Prototypes and Preproduction

Postby Specky » Tue 12.10.2010, 17:05

Only if I had Eight grand now that'd be the car to get.

Out of intrest, I own I.B.3 (6102), Would it get a mention in any of your paperwork?

Other owners on the site are I.B.4 and I.B.5 and one of the real early prototypes.

hoping you have a quick sale...

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Postby timlot » Tue 12.10.2010, 17:13

Not sure if 6102 is referred to, there was a lot of research done by Lotus on this car to confirm its orginality for the last owner (of ten years), apparently there were 42 produced before mine that weren't registered, they were just used for testing etc. I think one or two others were mentioned in the reams of paperwork, I'll have a look and let you know.
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Postby Specky » Tue 12.10.2010, 17:41

Many thanks...

The oldest Elan I'm aware of is the Lotus Zante ( I guess a code name) chassis 601 IIRC.

there was a claim that this was the London show car, But it could be the Toyko show car. (it was for sale on eBay a few months back)

Don't take what I say as gospel, because I'm no where 100% positive.

Technically speaking it would make yours the oldest registered Elan I know of. I know the boys at Hethel archives are very good and the history of the Elan really intrests me.

Anyway I digress, I hope all goes well.
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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Tue 12.10.2010, 18:45

A couple of intresting ads:-

Lotus Zante

And the old Ebay add I saved.

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Another early one

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Sat 16.10.2010, 14:02

Here are the early cars that are still around after 21 years :-

601 Zante London Motor Show car (Claims to be the motorshow Main show car as well)
PP14 London Motor Show car (On the turntable)
PP15 London Motor Show car (On the floor)
I.B.1 (SCC100ZT1LHD16100, G887CLD) (A possible claim to be the motorshow car as well, but I have no evidence to back this up, I have with PP14 & PP15)
I.B.2 was hiding under our noses all the time... More to follow 14th July 2014
I.B.3
I.B.4
I.B.5
Press Car

601 and PP14 are the same car in my opinion:-

PP14 is definately F664 DNG, cross ref that with the bible, F664 DNG is chassis 601



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I.B.1
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IB3, G 379 GEX is the real registration of the car below, it was on a private reg when I bought it.

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IB4
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The press car
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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby DaveT » Sat 23.10.2010, 14:32

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Mine must be a pre production car as well cos the """kin roof still leaks!!!!!
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Re: Prototypes,Preproduction and Pess cars

Postby Specky » Tue 26.10.2010, 11:08

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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Lotus-Elan-SE-Tur ... 27b5f4104b

and a different shot of the M200

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Thu 11.11.2010, 19:58

If you recall Lotus selling the Hethel collection, these are the prices that they went for.(Look at Lot 100 onwards)

http://www.motorbase.com/auction/by-id/1263955334/

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Thu 11.11.2010, 20:32

Can someone rip this video please...

and if you've not seen it before....

It's a corker

40 secs in

Only watch the first few minutes thou..

Here's another, but it's very bad quality

36 seconds in

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Mon 22.11.2010, 21:07

Found another intresting one...

Six and a half minutes in

http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gea ... 207182.htm

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby tomac1975 » Mon 22.11.2010, 21:17

Do you know what happened to the m200?
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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Mon 22.11.2010, 22:01

Yep, It's in Holland...

If you attended the Club Lotus show at Malvern this year you would have seen a load of silver Aluminum Lotus Seven style vehicles (opposite our stand). The owner of them owns the M200, an M250, an ETNA M90... I can't recall the dutch man's name at the moment.

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby tigerdog » Tue 23.11.2010, 00:38

Specky wrote:Found another intresting one...

Six and a half minutes in

http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gea ... 207182.htm

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Sweet!!! Do we know the whereabouts of the two cars shown in the clip?
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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Tue 23.11.2010, 09:12

You should know better than to ask a simple question to me.... :lol:

I know the where abouts of the Silver car...

It's PP 14 and it's for sale... :-D

Clicky

I can only give an educated guess on the red one, my guess would be PP 12 or I.B.4.

PP12 was destined for Isuzu to coincide with the 1989 Toyko motorshow, Lotus took another car over there as well...(PP 13)

I.B.4 came off the production line line slightly early in the October of 89 IIRC, but wasn't registered till the November...

But in all honesty, who knows...

Here are some other videos that you may have seen before, but I like the French show of the time:-

http://www.streetfire.net/video/top-gea ... 206940.htm

http://www.streetfire.net/video/lotus-e ... 062497.htm

oh well...

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby tigerdog » Tue 23.11.2010, 17:46

Thank you, Dr. Specky. I hadn't seen the French video before. I enjoyed the shots of the production line.
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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Tue 23.11.2010, 18:12

and now you know why all the Elans leak when it rains.....don't say a word Tigerdog

It was an inside job by that fella with the Braddle...It was a sabotage and they caught him on film...:-D

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Sun 28.11.2010, 12:35

Might as well post a link as this sorta fits in with this thread

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=15244

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

Postby Specky » Fri 14.01.2011, 14:10

tigerdog wrote:Thank you, Dr. Specky. I hadn't seen the French video before. I enjoyed the shots of the production line.



What about this one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8ay1DW4 ... re=related

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Re: Prototypes and Preproduction cars

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