In March of 2013, Jay Leno released an 18 minute video on his purchase and re-build of a 1969 Lotus Elan S4, essentially, a car nearly identical to mine. What Leno and Elan-expert Jim Hall did to Jay’s Elan, provided a solid blueprint and jumping off point for what I decided to do with my Elan. After owning the car since it was nearly new, I wished to keep the car as original as possible, but at the same time, make the car safer, more reliable while increasing its performance, just a bit. In the back of my mind was a thought that grew stronger and stronger as we got further into the project: what would it take to make this the best Lotus Elan in the world?
Next: Step 1: Brian Buckland