Terrific review of a 1969 Lotus Elan

Leno’s review of this iconic sports car is especially sweet given that I have a 1969 Lotus Elan SE sitting in my driveway. And even more sweet is the fact that I purchased the car in 1973 and am only the second owner. It has never been “restored” and everything that has ever been done to this car – which is very little – has been done by me.

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3 Responses to Terrific review of a 1969 Lotus Elan

  1. dknappe says:


    Thanks for the link.

    Watching the Elan in action brought back many fond memories.

    The one thing that struck me the most watching the Leno video was the exhaust note of the Elan. Outside of a racetrack, you’ll never hear anything like that today. It has an attitude to it that today’s cars lack. The sound of a fine English sports car revving up is probably the finest sound exported from England (save the Beatles).

    Road trip to SoCal?


  2. Steve Larsen says:

    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for the comment. It would be fun to see you and Fairy. Most of my traveling is on the bike and I’ve learned that while it is not that far from Phoenix to SoCal, there is no pretty way to get there.


  3. markfreeborn says:


    Wow! Thanks for the great link. Sorta validates hauling the “Roller Skate” all over the country; yes? I still remember when Randy painted it in Emron, and the fumes nearly killed him. Are you still in contact with him? And how has the paint held up?