Time For Tea? Lotus Elan + Diana Rigg


So, it's (almost) exactly half a century since the Lotus Elan first debuted at the 1962 Earl's Court motor show. The exact date seems to be a matter of conjecture, some saying October 10, others October 12 and others still October 16. Lotus's PR man Alastair Florance mentioned it to us earlier in the week off the back of our Evora 414E drive story and reckoned it was today but let's not get too hung up on it - suffice to say we're to within a week or so. And after 50 years that's close enough.

Check out the C&SC vid of this shoot
Check out the C&SC vid of this shoot
Inspiration enough to find an Elan related video for a Friday Time For Tea? in our book. Now, our colleagues at Classic & Sports Car put up a little teaser for their definitive Elan 50th celebration back in July. See their vid here.

Nice bunch of chaps that they are they're nothing like as photogenic as Diana Rigg in her prime ragging about in an Elan in The Avengers. So that's our main feature and a more evocative celebration of the best of 60s Britain we can't imagine. Break out the choccy digestives and enjoy!

 

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  • matbat 19 Oct 2012

    Mmmmmmmmmmm lick

  • Jonny TVR 19 Oct 2012

    like the car, the girl, the bentley and cottage mews.

    Always thought the elan was a bit too small and cute, but ideal for mrs peel.

  • sinbaddio 19 Oct 2012

    Very entertaining but what's withe dodgy foreign dubbing? confused

  • spaximus 19 Oct 2012

    As a young lad Emma Peel was the sexiest woman alive at that time. Especially when she wore a leather one piece suit. oh yes.

  • GranCab 19 Oct 2012

    spaximus said:
    As a young lad Emma Peel was the sexiest woman alive at that time. Especially when she wore a leather one piece suit. oh yes.
    ... what he says .... lick

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