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Special Equipment – Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

A couple of weeks ago you may remember I attempted my first navigation exercise with Bristol Pegasus Motor Club membership secretary Bob in his ‘daughters’ Mini Cooper. Today I am looking at Bob’s own car his Lotus Elan Coupé S/E otherwise known as an Elan S3 FHC (Type 36).

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

Like the racing Lotus 26R the Elan Coupé S/E has a fixed hard top unlike the original Lotus 26 Elan’s which were all convertibles.

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

The first 36 Coupé’s were introduced in September 1965, with a 105 hp version of the Lotus Twin Cam 4 cylinder engine.

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

An S/E version as seen here became available in July of the following year with a 118hp ‘L Block’ version of the Lotus Twin Cam.

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

S/E Coupés are distinguished from all earlier Elan models by the repeater lights on the front wings and stainless steel trim on the sides.

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

Bob’s car was built in 1967 by which time Lotus had won two of an eventual seven Grand Prix constructors titles with the Lotus 25 and Lotus 33.

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

The Elan S3 body was the first Elan to have a boot lid that extended all the way to the tail of the car.

Lotus Elan Coupé S/E

It is estimated that approximately 1,200 Elan S3 FHC’s were built between 1965 and 1968 when the S4.

My thanks to Bob for his help with this blog.

Thanks for joining me on this ‘Special Equipment’ edition of ‘Getting’ a li’l psycho on tyres’ I hope you will join me again tomorrow’. Don’t forget to come back now !


Rats Nest to Concours – Jaguar XK 140 FHC SE/MC

I’d like to welcome Geoffrey Horton a new contributor to ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’. Geoffrey got in touch with me regarding research on my Carden blog, he is the grandson of George L Ward one half of Ward and Avery who some of my readers from rowdy.com may remember as being responsible for manufacturing the Carden designed AV Monocar.

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For 13 years Geoff worked at an apartment complex where every day the 70 year old owner of a silver XK140 FHC/SE had promised Geoff his car.

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When the owner died the promised car disappeared, still in shock some weeks later Jeff saw this particular car in the San Francisco Chronicle for $3,000 he did not hesitate to pick up the cash and take a his trailer along with a bottle of Jack Daniels to collect it.

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The previous owner of this vehicle told Geoffrey it had been running fine prior to storage for 14 years in a barn. When Geoffrey purchased this car it was a rats nest, they had eaten the interior and were storing dog food in the wool headliner.

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The condition of the car as we now see it is the result of a four year body off restoration. Since 1986 the car has won numerous awards at Concours events including Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Carmel by the Sea, Neillo Serrano and SF Presidio.

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The car completed on the 21st September 1955 has it’s original engine and gearbox. More information on the XK140 model can be found on the Big Cat in Northern Rhodesia – Jaguar XX 140 FHC blog.

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I’d like to thank Geoffrey for taking the time to send me his photo’s and look forward to sharing more of his concours photo’s in the months to come.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s concours edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ and that you’ll join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


Big Cat in Northern Rhodesia – Jaguar XK 140 FHC

The XK 140 was in production from 1954, 1955 model year, to 1957. Improvements over the XK 120 included substantial bumpers, modern flashing indicators mounted in the wings and a more powerful 190 hp engine. Despite the extra weight the XK 140 was still capable of 120 miles per hour.

Continuing on a Jaguar theme today’s blog is a who? what ? where ? when ? to which I have only the following answers.

Who ?

What Jaguar XK 140 FHC

Where some where in Northern Rhodesia now Zambia.

When circa March 1957 (Cover Roan, Antelope, Magazine 03/57)

I hope someone out there might be able to fill in the missing information.

If you have or know of anyone else who has any information about or particularly photographs of any form of motor sport in Northern Rhodesia / Zambia be it rallying, sprints, hill climbs, racing cars or motor bikes, stock cars, bangers, (motorbike) speedway, karting, participants in any capacity, the tracks, particularly track locations, please leave a message below or e-mail me direct arttidesco@netscape.net.

By the end of the year I hope to start editing a no budget photo video on motorsport in Nothern Rhodesia / Zambia any help with information and or photographs would be much appreciated.

Thanking you in anticipation of your responses.

I shall be returning to this subject as the year progresses.

Back with another couple of cats in Hollywood tomorrow on ‘Getting a lil’ psycho on tyres’, don’t forget to come back now !

PS 15/01/11 Wow ! anyone who has any doubts about the power of the world wide web to connect folks check this out, yesterday I received an e-mail from Tim Fulcher who’s dad used to race motor cycles in Zambia, he informed me that the driver above is one Ken Livingstone who played an active part in Nothern Rhodesian motorsport as both a driver and a committee member of Ndola Motor Sports Club. Thanks Tim 🙂