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Post  peter520 on Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:34 am

I would like to start a discussion on fitting a hardtop to the Elan.

Lets presume we accept the asthetics ( I do ) and assume we don't have a Thousand pounds for the real thing, which I believe lotus made a few of in 1991. I have a poor Hood on my car and with our weather I am loathed to spend 600 on a new Hood + 450 on a set of seals only to still have the dreaded leaks.

I understand through Elan Central that someone may start making a limmited run hardtop and I have seen a very nice M100 with one at Stoneliegh , but no price's available.

has anyone seen a Targa top on an Elan?
Would an MX5 / MGTF top fit?

I hope this sparks some idea's and will not offend the purists.

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Post  tashuka on Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:22 am

well i don't know which way to point, but i'm curious as to how you get along with this.

how about getting a design that folds? which would still have similar qualities of soft top, but added protection...

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Post  Trigger on Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:45 pm

Welcome along Peter ...

You are indeed correct that several people on Lotus Elan Central have put into limited production a fibre glass hard top design for the M100. If you are intending in going along to Donington this year at the end of April then it would be a great chance to see some of these designs in person.

I am not sure where they got the designs from, whether from Lotus or one off, but I have seen a few around that boast this feature. Although I am keen on the idea I am not a fan in particular as I bought the Elan for its stunning looks with the soft top and even more so with out it up.

No doubt you have had a good look on LEC and to add I'm sure in no way will anyone be offended in yourself pursuing the same idea. In fact I wish you the best of luck and hope we can help and see its progression.

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Post  M100DavidM on Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:49 pm

As a new owner of a M100 elan and tired of getting wet I am keen to find out if this thread resulted in a good loooking hardtop being found.

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Post  Trigger on Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:07 pm

M100DavidM wrote:As a new owner of a M100 elan and tired of getting wet I am keen to find out if this thread resulted in a good loooking hardtop being found.
Hello and welcome.

I would never be tempted to get a hard top for the M100 because as Clarkson puts it "you have a million miles of head room" and I just don't think it looks good on such a pretty sports car. But there are those who would like one, for the reason you have stated as well as others. Have a look at this page ... this is the sort of price and quality hardtop which you can get your hands on: http://forum.lotuselancentral.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=16482&p=219233&hilit=hardtop#p219233

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