Lotus Type 50 - Elan +2
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All +2 Elans had knock on hubs, with either a three eared spinner securing the wheel or, in the case of Federal Elans, hexagonal centre lock wheel nuts.
The former are removed with a mallet the latter with a large spanner.

Elan +2

On the +2 pressed steel 5.5j wheels were fitted, with its distinctive 10 lozenge shaped cut-outs.
These wheels seem to have been silver painted in all cases.


Elan +2 S

The same wheel was retained for the +2S, with the outer rim chromed and the centre painted black. An option to fit alloy wheel was available

Elan +2 S 130

From mid 1973 onwards a 5.5j Brand Lotus 10 spoke alloy wheel became a standard fitting, with the spokes picked out in silver against the rest of the wheel being painted black.
Note the Federal retaining nut in this picture,
compared to the three eared spinner shown above.

AlloyWheels Over the years owners seem to have tried a range of alternatives as the supplies of replacements dried up. Minilites look passable, but most modern alloys look out of place. I have seen a silver +2 with wire wheels, which did look good.

Spyder have produced a Minilite wheel details of which can be found on this leaflet.

Panasport Wheels provides a nice copy of the original MiniLites 13 "x5". The spokes are light gray and the rim is polished
Wolfrace provided the SlotMag 13 " x 5, 5J.
The whole front of the rim is polished aluminum.
Extremely rare 3-piece alloy wheel from supplier PLS in 14 " x 6, 5
Sometimes R26 wheels have been used.
Revolution Alloy Wheels supplied by PLS in 13 " x 5, 5
Revolution AlloyWheels supplied by PLS in 14 " x 6
Dunlop 13"x4,5 - Sandblasted +2 S 130 rims?
Replicas 13"x5,5 available from Kelvedon 
J.A. PEARCE "Magna" possibly alloy or magnesium wheels. Extremelyrare.


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