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Old 09-07-2005, 11:38 PM
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That's in the Italian Alps. We drove it from Milan to London when we bought it!
ah hence the Milan license plate, I thought it was a new cherished number

Which passes did you take with it? From Milan it looks like it would have been the Gotthard, unless of course you took the tunnel....
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Old 09-08-2005, 04:26 AM
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So many posts! You guys are really welcoming. Thanks!

Right. In chronological order:

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Lol. The joys of classic car driving. It break down at all?
Of course it did. About two thirds of the way through the Mont Blanc tunnel it nearly shed its fuel line and started pouring petrol everywhere. The whole trip is here if you fancy reading it. I'll move it to the classic motoring blog at some point (maybe even today while I'm thinking about it):

http://theg.greatestcities.com/
(start from The Long Journey Prt I, about a third of the way down and read up!)

Mont Blanc incident documented here (The Long Journey Prt II):
http://www.greatestcities.com/users/theg/7973.html

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Couldn't agree more. Cars like the Elan are the best we can have for fun under legal limits. I love the Elan so much that I'm trying to buy it's spiritual sucessor: the Mazda MX-5 NA. It's not the same, but it's the same concept of car. Great for having fun in the city.
I have some vids of an Elan of a friend of mine that is just like yours (but in silver) in action. YOu should see that!
Nice! My dad tried to convince my mum to get an MX-5 but she's convinced she wants a "new Beetle" ... ????!! (We're working on her.)

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Awesome cars you have there. Most excellent.
Thanks!

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You... You... You have an Elan...
I don't have an Elan...

*cries*
There, there ...

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I know where there's a Lotus Twin Cam 1760 if you wanted

I've always loved the +2s, just not quite as much as the Sprint !!!!
The Sprint is the daddy for sure! The "big valve" and the lighter body. They fetch upwards of 15,000 for a nice one though. Maybe one day. *sigh*

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Love your +2s! and of course that adorable Fiat
Do you have any more pics of your cars?
Nice blogg to
I do have more pics. I will post them. And thanks!

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I love the Elan - always have really. Nice car!
Thanks! The Elise is nice too ... I see in your avatar! Supposed to be the truest return to form Lotus have had since the days of the original Elan, in road going terms at least.

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ah hence the Milan license plate, I thought it was a new cherished number

Which passes did you take with it? From Milan it looks like it would have been the Gotthard, unless of course you took the tunnel....
Very sadly we have to get British plates on it, and once you de-register the vehicle in Italy you lose the plate. Which is a real shame as that's been the plate since 1971 when it rolled out of the Fiat factory. Nothing we can do about that though. We'll just keep replica plates for shows (you have to send the originals back to the Italian authorities for some bizarre reason!)

We did take the tunnel (as earlier comments mention).

If you're curious, go to http://rp.rac.co.uk/routeplanner.

Go from Town / City - Milan, Italy to UK Postcode - N4 3LP (where we lived at the time)

Add the following vias:

Town / City, Courmayeur, Italy
Town / City, Bourg en Bresse, France (lovely place, by the way)
Town / City, Reims, France
Airport / Station / Ferry port, Calais, France
Airport / Station / Ferry port, Dover, UK
Town / City, Maidstone, UK

Select these options:

Fastest Road
No Motorway
Avoid Toll Roads

On the next page, select the second option under Dover and leave all the rest. Click "Go >".

That's roughly our route.

*phew*
And that's me done. Hope I didn't miss anyone!

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Old 09-08-2005, 04:38 PM
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Thought about the 1760 twink that Matra talked about?
Would fit in you +2s as a glowe.. make your money pit a bit more draining
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Old 09-08-2005, 04:53 PM
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If I had a Elan I'd be dropping the 1760 in.
Maintains the period historic AND ups the power/performance

(not really the 1760, but still a nice animated gif )
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:50 PM
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Those are some nice cars. Unfortunately I live in a redneck town in Canada where there are very few classic european car nuts (I keep thinking I'm the only one ).

...the closest thing to an Elan I've seen around here is a riced up yellow S2 (I believe that's what it's called, those front-drive cars from the 80's-90's based on some lame Korean car) that belongs to an ex-coworker.
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Old 09-09-2005, 04:19 AM
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If I had a Elan I'd be dropping the 1760 in.
Maintains the period historic AND ups the power/performance

(not really the 1760, but still a nice animated gif )
I think I'll probably leave it as it is ... I don't need it to be any faster!
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Old 09-09-2005, 04:23 AM
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I think I'll probably leave it as it is ... I don't need it to be any faster!

The secret of a Lotus is not speed. It's fun!
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:36 AM
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The secret of a Lotus is not speed. It's fun!
Exactly the same can be said about Fiat
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:48 AM
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Exactly the same can be said about Fiat
Specially mine which doesn't even goes round corners in acceptable manners.
Theres a proof that there's more than understeer on it though.
2 videos, one is a repost.
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:03 AM
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Specially mine which doesn't even goes round corners in acceptable manners.
Theres a proof that there's more than understeer on it though.
2 videos, one is a repost.
It's all wobbly and scared!
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:06 AM
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Now here goes a scan of an old Classic Cars magazine (march 99) issue that had as it's major article "The 26 most under-valued classics". It had a +2 on the cover. Inside, this is waht they said about it.
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:07 AM
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It's all wobbly and scared!
Me, the crowd or the car?
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Old 09-09-2005, 10:10 AM
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Exactly the same can be said about Fiat
Unless you own a Multipla, when the secret becomes leaking roof, comedy diagnostics software and an annoying habit of going into 'safe mode' regardless of car condition.
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Old 09-11-2005, 03:36 AM
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Haha! Love the Fiat videos!
Lovely car.

You're quite right Revo ... a Fiat 500 at 45mph requires a good deal of wrestling with to prevent the cart-style suspension depositing you in the hedge bottom! I feel like someone "driving" in a 1950s black and white movie, the amount of steering wheel action there is!

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Old 09-12-2005, 11:58 AM
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More photos

As promised ... together! (The silver-haired clown is my father ... )

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