August 20th, 2020
Our recently-sold 1964 Lotus Elan S1 to competition spec was a Lotus-bodied car. The earliest cars from the previous year were bodied by a company called Bourne. We have one of those too! It's a matching numbers example with period race history. Here are some pictures of its engine bay, with thanks to Nick Adams and Craig Beck for their work.



 
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August 10th, 2020
Issue 7 has a short piece summarising our research into Stanguellini 00139. The car is now definitively accepted as the first FJ to go to the US, the first to race and win there and the winning car in the support race to the 1959 US Grand Prix at Sebring. The car was owned in period by Briggs Cunningham and mostly raced by Walt Hansgen. It has recently completed a comprehensive mechanical overhaul at Setford and Company   
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August 8th, 2020
Another fantastic steering wheel from Jacob Engineering - this time a Lotus 26R type. The series 1 26R steering wheels were 14 inches in diameter as this one is, with the later series 2 dropping to 13 inches.






 
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August 8th, 2020
A pair of original gauges from a Lotus Elan S1. In each case, the illuminating bulb is outside the gauge. For those that care, the correct part number for the fuel gauge is FG 2530/71.







 
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August 6th, 2020
We needed a set of base gaskets to go between rear light units and the bodywork on a Lotus Elan S1. Not difficult you might think. But not completely straightforward either, as it turns out.





The rear indicator lights on the car are Lucas L539 and the tail/stop lights are Lucas L551. Holden  
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August 1st, 2020
I was reminded of the 911 TR recently, not least by some of the adverts for the new Carrera T showing it alongside a 911 T. Fifty years ago, with the 911 R classed as a prototype, something closer to the regular production models was needed to compete in touring car and GT racing and rallying. In 1968, the base 911 and the L were classified as group 2 touring cars and the T and the S as group 3 GT’s. The competition-spec T – known variously as the T Rallye, the TH and, ...  
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