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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  • Ian Wegg 12 Nov 2012

    WayneB said:
    GTRene said:
    who owns that car now...is it still around?
    It was at the Cars of the Stars Museum in Kendal Cumbria now its in Miami Florida at the Dezer collection.
    Dezer bought most of the Keswick collection, mostly for the James Bond cars which they now exhibit. I'm not sure if they ever displayed the Elan but I'd be happy to be proved wrong if anyone has seen it there.

    It was up for sale back in July but there is no mention of it at all on their website now.




  • DPX 22 Oct 2012


    Quote ..Break out the choccy digestives and enjoy!

    What a waste of choccy biscuits , time just went out of the window and the biccies just soggey and gone

    great compile of a classic

  • Gary C 22 Oct 2012

    wobblyweb said:
    Could be an Élan on this pic somewhere
    There are cars in that picture ?, where

  • jensenhealey2 21 Oct 2012

    Its off to carandclassic.co.uk for me.

  • GTRene 21 Oct 2012

    WayneB said:
    GTRene said:
    who owns that car now...is it still around?
    It was at the Cars of the Stars Museum in Kendal Cumbria now its in Miami Florida at the Dezer collection.
    good to hear the car is still around.


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