Hey Brian. Unfortunately I sold the Elf back in 2014 to buy a dream Mini in the shape of a 1972 Innocenti Cooper 1300 which is an Italian built Cooper S. Only had that car on the road less than a year when in March 2015 an inattentive SUV driver figured he would jump out of his lane and clipped me just behind the driver’s door which spun me into a utility pole. I hit the pole just behind the front wheel on the left side which was fortunate as one foot rearward and it would have hit the driver’s door and I could have been hurt much worse.
After the Inno I bought a 1962 steel RHD Mini wagon then sold that as I was going to get out of Minis then saw an Australian Clubman van with windows in back that was a 1972. After that Mini I was just done with them, a been there done that situation. I’d only go back into Minis if I found an Elf or Hornet.
Now I have a 1966 Sunbeam Imp that is going to be sold to a friend to fund my 1967 Sunbeam Stiletto (Imp with fastback roof) that has a BMW K1200 motorcycle motor installed. A guy in Scotland engineered the mod to replace the transaxle bell housing to fit the motorcycle motor and you add a front radiator and you have a $600 or so motor with 140hp with fuel injection. I then have aa time warp 1965 Sunbeam Imp that I am putting together. It has been off the road in a private collection since 1973 so is just perfect patina and originality to make a nice sleeper with one of those BMW conversions with a K1100 motor. I also have a 1970 Porsche 914 which I decided I better buy before the prices get silly. I also have a long term restoration of a 1959 Singer Gazelle (posh badge engineered Hillman Minx) that I am the third owner of.
Pictured is the Stiletto that will replace my white Imp, the system won’t let me add another picture.
So how is your Elf? Any mods to the VTEC? Or just many happy miles?