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Is my old Elan out there still reg. B8 RBD.

I owned it for 6 years having purchased it from my boss Roger Bruce Donovan, and regret not buying back when the guy that I sold it to offered it back to me few years back.

would be nice to know it has a good home.


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Excellent news.

I still have sellers remorse - looking at the S2 on EBay currently.

My wife now finally agrees that it was wrong of her to make me sell it!

Does it still have slotted front discs, magnecor leads and baileys dump valve that I fitted as I recall the owner that I sold to mentioning he had removed them! I'm sure you agree the S2 cables I had fitted at Sinclairs definitely helped.

Anyway, give me a shout should you ever think of selling and if you are at Brands Hatch 2/9 it would be great.


RBD was Roger Bruce Donovan a boss of mine who I bought it from circa, 2003/4 for £9,400 selling it 6 years later for £6,250.

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I like your wife's thoughts My wife is not overly happy with me at the moment I bought the Elan to replace a Triumph Stag but I can't bring myself to sell the Stag yet. I have used the Lotus much more though already put 2000 miles on it. It's a brilliant car to drive, and water proof unbelievably.

I have had the power steering overhauled as it was extremely heavy, still quite heavy but apparently they can be like that.

It does still have the Magnecor leads and ventilated discs although I think they have been replaced again in in 2011 according to the box file of receipts I have. I am not sure about the Bailey dump although it does make a slight discrete noise when changing gear.

A previous owner in 1997 had a BBR phase one reboot conversion fitted, would that have been removed when you had dump valve fitted?

If the S2 cables are for the gear change I can confirm they make gearchanges very smooth. From reading on the Forum I believe the originals weren't very good.

I am loving the car at the moment so don't see myself selling it anytime soon but I will certainly remember you if the time comes.

Unfotunately I am going to my stepdaughters wedding in Greece the week of the Lotus weekend so won't be able to go.

Nice to be in touch with a previous owner, I did wonder what RBD stood for I suppose I should have checked the old receipts 


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Awesome, well done, even though it doesn't help with my remorse.

The BBR kit was something RBD told me not to declare to the insurance company, I honestly didn't know what it was except good. The dump valve was fitted by Benchsound engineering, I just left them to it, so not sure how they would have affected the BBR setup.

The original owner did all that early on and the custom exhaust I believe.

I bought it with 27,000 miles on the clock and after 6 years owning sold with just 33,000 so averaging only 1k mile p.a. was another reason I couldn't justify keeping it.

Driving a Lexus SC430 at the moment, a different feel altogether, but at least my wife will drive it.

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Only joking, you would need to be mad!

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Welcome to TLF Andy. :welcome: 

You should duck over to the Introductions area and say hi in there as well. :) 

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Not sure if you made Brands Hatch last weekend Andy but having just bought an S3 Esprit calypso red 2 weeks ago, my attention was in other corners of the track looking at similar cars on display trying to find out a few things.

Given time the SC430 will be out of the way leaving a nice space in my double garage.

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I would have liked to have done but I was at my stepdaughters wedding in Greece

The Elan just passed its first MOT with me. Had to get the brake proportioning valves changed as one had a vey slight weep on it. Probably there since I bought it. Fitted the modified version from SJ Sportscars, seems to have improved the braking.

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Thanks Andy PM sent - it would definitely be back in my collection if I had the space. This will be a fantastic car for someone wanting a genuine low mileage M100. 

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