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I love the headlamps on the Elan - it looks like the car is blissfully asleep when they're closed, especially in white :D
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You got me thinking there Jim, I (untill a quick Google now!) Have never seen the Elan headlamps up and switched on!
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MattBLancs wrote: 17 Jul 2023, 08:01 You got me thinking there Jim, I (untill a quick Google now!) Have never seen the Elan headlamps up and switched on!
A much neglected area of automobile photography, evening/nightime shots of lights/dashboards/rear lights. The vast variety now particularly of the rear lighting led to the start of the "lights interesting and awful thread" in 2018. Page 1 post one of that features a Falcon original of a Toyota prius at night.
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The Lotus Elan also comes in a range of colours, most of them yellow!
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MattBLancs wrote: 17 Jul 2023, 08:01 You got me thinking there Jim, I (untill a quick Google now!) Have never seen the Elan headlamps up and switched on!
Nor me Matt... And I was surprised to see they're round. I always assumed they were square...
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This looks nice, the video has it looking yellow at times but I think its more beige-ey (...I see now from the blurb that it's actually called corn yellow. No start up or decent walk round for the armchair buyer, you would have to go round and metaphorically kick the tyres if you wanted to bid.



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That's lovely - especially in yellow :D
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Not surprising the top was up today, torrential drizzle
Standout cheery colour from this SAAB on a dull day.
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Looks like my daughter's, we called it the bananamobile.
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this has to be one of the best and most iconic open tops ever!! Come in Bandit....
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Here's one I used to service for the local pub landlord, I was adopted by the cat, she dumped her five new born kittens in my airing cupboard when I left the door open.
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Gibbo2286 wrote: 06 Aug 2023, 19:35 Here's one I used to service for the local pub landlord, I was adopted by the cat, she dumped her five new born kittens in my airing cupboard when I left the door open.
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Lovely in yellow :D
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Just made it back before the rain.
Just made it back before the rain.
Well just made back to work before rain came, nowt like a bit of wind in ur hair going into work but it is surprising how many idiots you come up behind squirt their washers as they are silly enough to think you are getting wet, AERODYNAMICS... the only time I get wet in the rain is lower the 10mph, above that it blows over the top, so they are just wasting washer water :rofl2:
I don't understand those who don't take roof off when it is fine weather, its a push of a button, takes around 20 seconds from closed to open top, not like the old MGB roadsters were you had to fight with press stud buttons to fasten the roof down and breaking usually thumb nails in the process trying to get them popped down.

Can see why this model was not so popular
Can see why this model was not so popular
There are not many Mk3's around not even in Europe, tons of Mk2's over here still and in Europe I have seen very few Mk3's and I do wonder if this boot has not helped the cause, the Mk2 lifted back up if I remeber rightly to just under the rear screen (been 5 years since I had a Mk2) so you could with the roof up have a cavernous boot along with a section were the spare wheel was suppose to be the boot floor dropped so you still had a lot of room under the roof blind, NOW this silly plastic parcel shelf cuts the boot in half roof on? we can only put two trolley dollies in the back now were as the MK2 had two large cases and both trolley dollies so you have lost a massive amount of room in that boot, also gone is the dropped section the boot mat is now flat, so it can be rather annoying when you want to carry larger things. child's push chair, forget it.
Having said that why you would want a child's push chair in it I don't know :-s , SUV's and people carries are for children, roof off is for FUN! Shades on, Sinatra on the wireless and the hope you will make it to work before the heavens open.
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The top couldn't be more closed, or the car more stationary, but I'm sure the roof when called on with the minimum of effort from the driver will do its appropriate acrobatics, and hey presto open-top motoring 2023 style can commence.
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