OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

KENNY COLE­MAN

Kenny owns three Elans, but the one here is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing. ‘My lat­est pur­chase was a 1963 Se­ries I, and it’s quite rare as the body­work was made by SJ Bourne who was sub-con­tracted by Lo­tus for the first few hun­dred cars. I liked the fact that it was not only an early model but un­usual, too. When I bought it about two years ago it was to­tally dis­man­tled, and had been dry stored for the best part of 40 years. The con­di­tion of many com­po­nents was amaz­ingly good and I started on the restora­tion a year ago, do­ing al­most all of the work my­self. I’ve re­stored these cars be­fore so I know the pit­falls, but I did get some­one else to paint this one. The car is al­most ready, apart from re­fit­ting the en­gine an­cil­lar­ies and a few other mi­nor bits. I’ll be keep­ing it for a while when it’s fin­ished; I en­joy us­ing my Elans prop­erly and plan on tak­ing it to some events up here in Scot­land, like those com­mem­o­rat­ing Jim Clark, and the Bo’ness hill climb which is al­ways a great week­end.’

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