RE: Unique Elan shooting brake!

RE: Unique Elan shooting brake!

Wednesday 30th May 2007

Unique Elan shooting brake!

PHer's project comes to life


The Elan 'shooting brake'
The Elan 'shooting brake'
This unique Lotus Elan +2 shooting brake is the pride and joy of a dedicated PHer and Lotus enthusiast, and as soon as we saw the pictures, we knew it was something a little bit special.

It’s taken four years to create and rather a lot of money, but its owner is refreshingly candid about the reasons behind it: “I remember the cars from when I was young and have always wanted one. Fabulous or folly, I just decided to do it”.

He approached Lotus specialist Paul Matty to do the work, who after much thought remembered the ‘Shapecraft’ Elan fastbacks based on the S1 and S2 Elans. Shapecraft are still in business creating beautiful alloy bodies for historic racing cars, and so they were selected to undertake the body build and a donor Elan was duly shipped down to their premises for the conversion work to begin.

Paint shade from an Esprit
Paint shade from an Esprit
Much of the design work was undertaken at Shapecraft, and the particular hue for the finished car was also chosen – it’s Mediterranean Blue as used on the Esprit from 1988-90.

Some of the unique features on the car include:

  • A unique twin-pipe horizontal silencer that required the boot floor to be remoulded
  • There are bespoke roof trusses to support the Bentley Arnage grade roof lining. Between the lining and the roof, Matty packed in plenty of noise insulation, as he did in the door and the rear panels. The car is now described as “incredibly quiet – unlike a standard +2”.
  • A special alloy foam filled fuel tank fitted in the new rear boot floor.
  • Tailgate screen is glass
    Tailgate screen is glass
    Additional strengthening has been applied to maintain the rigidity of the body. A new sub-chassis locates the two rear chassis towers and is hidden by the trim.
  • Burr walnut rear quarter cabinets complete with hip flask and glasses!
  • The tailgate has two rear facing red lights to warn approaching traffic. It also has a full wash/wipe mechanism controlled from the dashboard.
  • The windows are glass, not Perspex. At huge expense new patterns were created to make the glass from. The rear screen is heated and all the glass tinted.
  • The front seats have been made from Lotus Elite frames and then individually trimmed in magnolia leather as has the rest of the interior. Even the seat belts have been re-webbed in blue fabric to match the exterior.
  • A new dashboard has been fitted that was made at the same time as the rear cabinets so the veneer matched. The standard Phillips Turnlock radio has been converted to FM and an iPod connection has been installed.
  • The headlamps have been converted from vacuum to electric operation.

Seats trimmed with new leather
Seats trimmed with new leather
Matty is quoting an overall weight of 857kg as opposed to 946kg for a standard Elan +2 130/5, and reckons there’s 32 cubic feet of luggage space with the rear seat folded down.

We reckon the finished article is a credit to all involved. And who knows, maybe it’s given Hethel a few ideas for the future…

http://www.paulmattysportscars.co.uk/

http://www.shapecraft.com/

Hip flask and glasses back here...
Hip flask and glasses back here...
The attention to detail is impressive
The attention to detail is impressive
An Elan with iPod connectivity...
An Elan with iPod connectivity...
...and a new veneer dashboard
...and a new veneer dashboard




 

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Goochie

Original Poster:

5,484 posts

162 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Some photos from the front/side would be nice !

AngryS3Owner

15,855 posts

172 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Goochie said:
Some photos from the front/side would be nice !
I was just thinking the same!

andyinPembs

5,154 posts

157 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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AngryS3Owner said:
Goochie said:
Some photos from the front/side would be nice !
I was just thinking the same!
yes

House!

DrGP

201 posts

157 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Just clicked through to write the same message. They've done all the work, how about a proper photo set to compliment?

L100NYY

34,309 posts

186 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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What a superb project and the craftmanship looks absolutely fantastic.

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Chris71

21,434 posts

185 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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L100NYY said:
What a superb project and the craftmanship looks absolutely fantastic.

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yes agreed.

More photos would be nice tho!

Always found these 'tailored' cars quite interesting. The idea of having an Elan with real practicality and a few technological updates as an everyday car sounds great.

Strawman

6,463 posts

150 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Reminds me a bit of a triumph stag at the back, me five for the front 3/4 shot smile

FestivAli

1,017 posts

181 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Nice work no doubt but you've turned a sportscar into a drawf-hearse.

Doodie3

3 posts

146 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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YEAH BABY ! BUT WHAT A WAY TO GO !!!!!!!!!

paulrhodes

1,644 posts

165 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Stunning (from what I can see of it). Please get some proper pictures up so we can all admire it.

Amazing attention to detail. That really is a proper car, none of this modern day crap. Bring back the classics!

I'd rather spend 10k doing something like that up than any modern day renault/peugeot/chav mobile.

VladD

7,258 posts

208 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Great workmanship, but I think it looks hideous. The +2 was no looker in the first place but this really doesn't help.

Having said that, I'm guessing the owner probably would hate my Scooby. Each to their own.

Syko

5,006 posts

165 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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FestivAli said:
Nice work no doubt but you've turned a sportscar into a drawf-hearse.
To carry dyslexic little people?

thirsty

726 posts

207 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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FestivAli said:
Nice work no doubt but you've turned a sportscar into a drawf-hearse.
I am not so sure I like it either, but I am jealous that someone has the time and energy to pursue the things they like. You can certainly tell that a lot of time has been spent on this car. The nice thing about true Petrol Heads is that they love cars, and don't really care what someone else may say about it.
smokin

L100NYY

34,309 posts

186 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Syko said:
FestivAli said:
Nice work no doubt but you've turned a sportscar into a drawf-hearse.
To carry dyslexic little people?
hehehehe

I crashed into the back of a car this morning that was being driven by a dwarf. He jumped out and shouted, "I'm not happy" so I said "which one are you then?"



Ba boom tsh.

RTH

1,057 posts

155 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Then Lotus Dealer Hexagon of Highgate produced these cars 35 years ago based on the Elan Sprint


cen

593 posts

178 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Obviously done an excellent job in creating his dream however, for me its soooooooo 70's. Think I would have just gone out and bought a good Scimitar to get the look.

Who said its looks like a Stag from the rear? What! The stag was and still is if you can find a good example 'Awesome'

LooseCannon

288 posts

170 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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paulrhodes said:
Stunning (from what I can see of it). I'd rather spend 10k doing something like that up than any modern day renault/peugeot/chav mobile.
Bet it was easily more than 3 times that.

Shame that the only side on pic above is tiny and has a PH banner across the interesting bit when clicked!

sprinter885

11,500 posts

170 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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cen said:
Obviously done an excellent job in creating his dream however, for me its soooooooo 70's. Think I would have just gone out and bought a good Scimitar to get the look.

Who said its looks like a Stag from the rear? What! The stag was and still is if you can find a good example 'Awesome'
Dammit! Just about to say I thought it looked like a shrunken Scimitar GTE. Admire the craftsmanship & dedication tho' overall shape not on my wish list.

p.s. how does it drive & handle? -no mention of much mechanical work

Edited by sprinter885 on Wednesday 30th May 14:41

Horse_Apple

3,795 posts

185 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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It's ugly as sin, but then so are many of the great works of art.

Congratulations.

runnersp

1,061 posts

163 months

Wednesday 30th May 2007
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Congratulations for having pulled off an extremely ambitious project. But I think its horrible... Each to their own though and without doubt the work has been carried out with amazing attention to detail.