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This 1972 Lotus Elan +2 Is A Classic Purchased Without Regret

Typically 2+2's are less preferable—but the Elan +2 has character of its own.
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Damien Bove
Damien Bove
2 years ago

no subtitles, my french is not thta good

CANYON
CANYON
4 years ago

I was late to play a round of practice golf,but had no transportation . I was 45 min. minimum away from the 1st tee,and it was at Pebble Beach which was a rare treat to play on.. so I walked fast to get there. About half way, the sound of Lotus came from my back.. I put out my thumb and it stopped and drove me to the 1st tee. I was early ! The driver,Jack Flaherty,of Monterey . I had seen this car around but had not yet had a good look so being a passenger on my way to PB with a talented racer at the wheel .. well lets just say, that was a good afternoon !

Massimo Barbieri
Massimo Barbieri
4 years ago

J’adore la première phrase……..”vas y achète la!” Tout est bien dans ce film…..la couleur le bruit et l’odeur …….

AndrewAllred
AndrewAllred
5 years ago

I can’t get enough of these films. Capture the true relationship between a man and his car that I feel towards mine everyday. keep up the good work!

Kuan ting SHERN
Kuan ting SHERN
5 years ago

“The car was part of the history and will be part of me. ”
Thank you for filming such beautiful story for us.
I have own 1992 BMW 850 since 2002, now we have spend more than 15 years together. I can image the same feeling.

Chris Ribbe
Chris Ribbe
5 years ago

Beautifully told and lensed story of classic car hero Mssr. Brieuc, who is circling a classic Lotus around Paris with locked joints.
Good that you had the go-kart training!
Thank you Petrolicious for spreading the word of this truly gasoline booded enthusiast.

The_CWO
The_CWO
5 years ago

An amazing tale from a through and through petrolhead.

-Shiang

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves
5 years ago

Beautiful story!

I don’t like these Lotus (and most british cars of this period), but one thing’s for sure Mr. Brieuc – You’re not an idiot! The fact is that, most wifes (as lovely as they are) just don’t get it :).

It’s all about the passion of owning a classic car and driving it!

All the best to you, and your journey to recovery!

PS: Petrolicious, you’ve been to Germany, France, Italy, Spain – what about Portugal? 🙂

Dieut et mon Droit
Dieut et mon Droit
5 years ago

“Je suis con, mais enfin j’aime ça”: Touched a nerve there, Brieuc. Chapeau!

Great Petrolicious-of-old feature, nicely done.

phil
phil
5 years ago

A beautifully filmed treatise, with lots of recognizable Paris icons (the street along the Seine, the passage through the Louvre, etc). I owned the Elan roadster, a close cousin, back in the ’70’s, and viewing the actual car scenes brought back all my bad memories of this decidedly beautiful car.. From the first frames of the first start off, it is easy to see the stubborn jerkiness from the rubber Guibo halfshaft couplings. That trait alone would be grounds for suicide, as a smooth takeoff can be virtually impossible.

Then there is the jumpy tach needle, not at all unexpected in this thoroughly British car. Add to this the all fiberglass, non-grounded body, and you will be assured that never will ALL the lights and turn signals function at the same time!

And, of course, in spite of what anyone says, this is by no means a quick (the specs show 0-60 times of just shy of 8 seconds, but it doesn’t even feel that fast) nor particularly great handling car with its narrow track and even narrower tires.

Bundle it all together, and you are guaranteed a genuine love-hate relationship, but it is certainly a little car with instantly recognizable iconic looks and one sure to appreciate in the future!

Vince Reynard
Vince Reynard
5 years ago
Reply to  phil

Phil Auldridge.
Motor Mag 1967
” The astonishing cornering power of this remarkable machine equals, and probably exceeds that of any production car we have tested!”
By the standards of its day there was nothing in its league. You haven’t got a clue!

Brompty
Brompty
5 years ago

Lotus became synonymous with Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious, but the early cars are obviously excellent. This one in particular (the Elan +2) is a cracker – room for four, looks like a two-seater coupe with superb engines. A true practical classic and this one comes with a fantastic story too.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
5 years ago
Reply to  Brompty

Errr .. much as I loves them … Lotus’s have always been unreliable . fickle and a pant load of trouble from day one . Still are as a matter of fact . The thing with Lotus is .. if you go into them with Eyes Wide Open … they have one of the highest SPM [ smiles per mile ] factor of any car on the road … when they work . So you need to be prepared for the worst … cause it aint a matter of if … but rather when and how bad will it be . And as long as you can deal with that reality . You’ll be fine . Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for a world of hurt and aggravation

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
5 years ago

A wonderful car . A touching story . Fantastic cinematography [ is there any better time to be in Paris than the night ? OK .. well maybe on a gently raining night ] with some pretty decent and appropriate background music to boot

Two thumbs up .. and to Mssr . Brieuc I say ;

Rock On – Drive On ( despite it all ) Remain Tasteful .. and please do Carry On