Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

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Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby tigerdog » Sat 13.01.2018, 20:43

This one is currently bid to $9000. Photos look clean and it seems to come with the hats and spacers for the original Wilwood conversion kit, so it belonged to someone here at one time. Looks clean in photos,
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1991-lotus-elan-7/
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby HJ2 » Sun 14.01.2018, 09:04

this is the first time I see a double exhaust tip :shock:
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby marvic » Sun 14.01.2018, 18:25

Now at $12k. Looks a solid car. Interesting comments on this one. Very positive overall which says a lot for the future potential of these cars, especially here in the US where they are more rare. Makes me happy to have one! :D
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby clemo » Sun 14.01.2018, 20:43

Plenty of photos which is nice .

Is it missing the front chicken wire grills and the radiator plastic under tray / cover ?

I do like to see the original factory scribbles .
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Postby Jamie N » Sun 14.01.2018, 21:12

clemo wrote:Plenty of photos which is nice .

Is it missing the front chicken wire grills and the radiator plastic under tray / cover ?

I do like to see the original factory scribbles .


Definitely missing the rusty rooster wire, sump has had a fair wee hit too. I think someone with a long history of welding flash damage to their ocular components has been interfering with that back box joint, maybe even smoking one :D .

Looks overall a nice example though (if you can deal with the blandness of white! ;-) )
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Mon 15.01.2018, 03:29

clemo wrote:Plenty of photos which is nice .

Is it missing the front chicken wire grills and the radiator plastic under tray / cover ?

I do like to see the original factory scribbles .

Yes, the center grill is missing and the radiator / AC Condenser are not installed correctly. They should be higher than bumper clearance, not with the Drivers side showing below the bumper in the straight on picture.

The FED car doesn't have a radiator plastic under tray / cover underneath like the ROW cars have.

The FED radiators are mounted sloping backward bottom to top from the front toward the back.
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby Rambo » Mon 15.01.2018, 09:59

I hate seeing the engine with the Isuzu - ground off. Why ???? After all it is an Isuzu engine, and a bloody good one at that !

PS my yellow custard has the Isuzu ground off it :oops: Not by me though. And they forgot the hyphen so it looks even worse :?
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby Giniw » Mon 15.01.2018, 14:16

:agree:
(and it's even more funny when people tell it's a Japanese Lotus because it has a Japanese engine. Unlike the former Ford Lotus based engine or the Rover or Toyota ones... :lol: )
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby Steve A » Mon 15.01.2018, 17:37

HJ2 wrote:this is the first time I see a double exhaust tip :shock:

Heavy use of the dremil to get it in though and not really worth the effort.

Looking underneath It looks like the front bumper was parked against a sand bank every night. :lol:
Great photo's though 8)
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby esprit888 » Mon 15.01.2018, 19:17

Funny thing about this car is that it was advertised on the Oregon and Washington craigslist for considerably less (didn't sell) than its reached on BAT. Shows that the detail of a BAT auction helps to increase the value.
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby lotos » Mon 15.01.2018, 19:26

esprit888 wrote:Funny thing about this car is that it was advertised on the Oregon and Washington craigslist for considerably less (didn't sell) than its reached on BAT. Shows that the detail of a BAT auction helps to increase the value.

That's not uncommon. I tried to sell a car on eBay, failed the reserve, and ended up getting 15% more on BaT. BaT has a great userbase of car fanatics who love interesting and rare vehicles.
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby marvic » Tue 16.01.2018, 23:13

$14,500. Not too shabby!
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby esprit888 » Tue 16.01.2018, 23:56

marvic wrote:$14,500. Not too shabby!


Good price for that car in less than stellar condition. This one is just a dealer trying it on at that mileage ! https://www.ebay.com/itm/1991-Lotus-Ela ... 0033.m2042
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby lotos » Wed 17.01.2018, 01:10

I agree, that car is a long way from perfect, and the modifications don't all seem well thought out or properly installed. I'm not implying it's a bad car, I haven't seen anything but what you've seen. Great price for an imperfect car, bodes well for the market going forward.

(I'm not selling my car anymore as I've made room in the garage for the foreseeable future, and having finally done my clutch, shift cables, Everest Chip and my kids are old enough to enjoy it with me sans bulky carseat... I'm ready to enjoy Elan ownership again.)
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby Giniw » Wed 17.01.2018, 01:16

( :clap: :burnout: :-) )
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby clemo » Sun 21.01.2018, 13:25

Bravo sir ^
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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby tigerdog » Sun 21.01.2018, 22:41

lotos wrote:(I'm not selling my car anymore as I've made room in the garage for the foreseeable future, and having finally done my clutch, shift cables, Everest Chip and my kids are old enough to enjoy it with me sans bulky carseat... I'm ready to enjoy Elan ownership again.)


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Re: Bring-a-trailer auction closes 16 January 2018

Postby CalElan » Wed 24.01.2018, 22:25

tigerdog wrote:
lotos wrote:(I'm not selling my car anymore as I've made room in the garage for the foreseeable future, and having finally done my clutch, shift cables, Everest Chip and my kids are old enough to enjoy it with me sans bulky carseat... I'm ready to enjoy Elan ownership again.)


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