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Re: Hard Top

Postby Kuching » Fri 06.05.2005, 19:42

OK, I guess its time to end the speculation. <br><br>I am pleased to announce that Paul Matty has kindly agreed to supply and fit the hardtops. <br><br>This project has been so well received that I think it deserves the expert and professional service and facilities that Paul Matty Sports Cars can offer.  I would invite any enquiries to be made directly to Paul.<br><br>
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Nige » Fri 06.05.2005, 19:55

Simon,<br><br>Thanks for the update, perfectly happy to deal with Paul Mattys as I have done ever since starting Lotus ownership in 1984.  Have you passed details of those of us who had registered a wish to purchase with yo to Paul Mattys or do you want us to make a fresh approach?<br><br>Nige
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Houdini » Fri 06.05.2005, 20:40

Was there a discussion with regards to those who would like to purchase in the USA?
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Re: Hard Top

Postby F1 LOTUS » Fri 06.05.2005, 21:09

[quote author=Turbocharger link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=450#462 date=05/06/05 at 12:40:52]Was there a discussion with regards to those who would like to purchase in the USA?[/quote]<br><br>The idea was floated to get a second set of molds made for hood production in the US but we're not sure there would be sufficient interest... :-/<br><br>Exporting hoods to the US is probably too expensive given the present exchange rate :'(
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Re: Hard Top

Postby nitroman » Fri 06.05.2005, 22:10

Turn the blighter upside-down, affix a sail to it... problem solved!  Pin a note: please deliver to 'xxxx' of course.  It is fibreglass after all; should be a seaworthy craft.  If you are really serious, stock up on supplies & row it yourself.  Better still, mount an outboard motor to the header-rail end and off you go, captain Ahab!  (take your GPS along!)
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Doug » Fri 06.05.2005, 22:35

yeah, next time someone ships their Elan to the States for a year stint we should get a hardtop imported along with it   ;D
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Kuching » Sat 07.05.2005, 21:10

[quote author=elanman link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=450#461 date=05/06/05 at 11:55:40]Simon,<br><br>Have you passed details of those of us who had registered a wish to purchase with yo to Paul Mattys or do you want us to make a fresh approach?<br><br>Nige[/quote]<br>I haven't passed any contact details on as I cannot be sure that everyone would want me to. You could let me know if you want me to pass on your request to Paul, or otherwise feel free to contact him directly
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Nige » Sat 07.05.2005, 21:20

Very happy to deal directly with Paul Matty's (probably a phone call on Monday morning) and simply place an order directly with them.  I understand entirely why you did not want to pass details on and think it was entirely the right thing to do.  Thanks for all you have done on this, enjoy some time off.  There again, as Sy said, what about an M200 style front end, or a rear panel that takes Elise S2 lights  ;).<br><br>Nige  
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Kuching » Sat 07.05.2005, 21:29

[quote author=Brian_MDB link=board=body;num=1081474915;start=450#463 date=05/06/05 at 13:09:48]<br><br>The idea was floated to get a second set of molds made for hood production in the US but we're not sure there would be sufficient interest... :-/<br>([/quote]<br>I haven't dismissed this idea, but it seemed sensible to test and develop the design before making any more moulds. <br><br>Also it would require spending yet more money on restoring the original patterns (which were damaged when extracted from the first moulds), producing more moulds, and shipping them to the US. Considering that I am still a long way off recovering the costs so far, I am in no hurry to spend even more at the moment.
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Houdini » Tue 10.05.2005, 18:16

FYI!<br><br>Just had a response from Paul Matty. He will sell and ship to the USA. Price is approx. $3000+shipping. Hardtops would be unfinished (needing paint and proper fitup to each car).<br><br>,Russ<br><br>p.s. Don't everyone reach for there check books at once!
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Kjeld » Thu 02.06.2005, 07:04

$3k + shipping + paint?? 32 pages on this topic too. I suspect that if the last posting were the first, it would have been a very short thread. Still, awfully exciting to watch a project like this unfold as it has. A little depressing to see the market at work though. <br><br>Guess I will just replace my shabby soft top.<br>
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Fubar1764 » Fri 03.06.2005, 06:28

Oh, I dunno. It sounds about right to me. A custom hardtop for the price of a MB mass-produced one (for the SL). I think that's a bargain!<br>Just IMO. :D
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Re: Hard Top

Postby Bolsom » Sat 04.06.2005, 21:46

:-[ I'm with kjeld on this.  Comparison it to a Merc hardtop which of course is bespoke also and carries high tooling costs doesn't  cheer me up.  I was quoted <br>1650 + VAT + paint + fitting by Paul Matty Sportcars.<br>This is about 2250 GBP I would estimate.  Like kjeld<br>sadly I will look elsewhere.<br>On another topic, I have just changed my headlights to<br>LHD for France. I used the guide from this site. I found<br>that it is not necessary to disassemble the linkage that raises and lowers the headlamp pod.<br>
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Re: Hard Top

Postby F1 LOTUS » Sun 05.06.2005, 02:34

I think there are a few more Merc's than Elans sold, over which the tooling and development cost could be spread :P
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