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1969 Lotus Elan – Jay Leno’s Garage

In the late 1940s, engineer and RAF pilot Colin Chapman decided to utilize the experience he gained in the skies on the ground, by building a racecar in his girlfriend’s garage. While still holding down his day job, Chapman begged, borrowed and bartered to create his prototype, which he entered in a time trial as an afterthought.

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 6 – Jay Leno’s Garage

In this latest installment of what’s become known as Mr. Hall’s Opus, Jim and Jay show off the latest workarounds and unintended consequences, including a new alternator, period racing brakes and a flat exhaust pipe. Get a load of the new magnesium wheels!

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 7 – Jay Leno’s Garage

Chief fabricator Jim Hall is pulling out his hair as he pulls apart and reengineers the Lotus’ wiring to fit what will be a left-hand drive Leno special.

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 8 – Jay Leno’s Garage

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 8.

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 9 – Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay and Jim Hall walk you through the latest progress on the Elan.

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 10 – Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay and Professor Jim Hall are closing in on the finish line. A little paint and upholstery and then presto, it’s time for final assembly. Watch this space for the latest update!

Restoration Blog: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R, Update 11 – Jay Leno’s Garage

The body’s in the spray booth waiting for paint; the tires are on, and the restoration is nearly complete!

Restoration Finished: 1966 Lotus Elan 26R – Jay Leno’s Garage

Professor Jim Hall’s opus has finally concluded – this ultimate Lotus of his dreams is a tribute to one of the most wonderful eras in racing.

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