deniscCaretaker of 8MA1244 '70 Euro Mangusta DRIVE THEM, THEY WERE MEANT TO BE DRIVEN, IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT ONE, BUY A POSTER!
The floor mounted ebrake handles were found on the last 55 cars. These were finished by the German distributor and used Mercedes 280 handle. It made quite a ruckus at MB at the time as engineers were trying to figure-out why these were selling. My car also has MB280 seat belts.
Steve, another interesting detail; the thread on the mounting stud for the bracket (that holds to the front firewall) is standard thread (1/4-28), not metric! So you are right, likely to look towards the Brits...Lee
Not 100% positive but besides that funky original Capri pic, the only places I've see the Mangusta 'pull' type e-brake units is on Lotus Europas and Elans. In checking on some Lotus exchange dbs, there was one suggestion that the original source was the Renault 16, but I see no confirmation elsewhere (the assumption must have come from the fact that various Europa parts - including engine - did come from French/R16 bins. So maybe a British Ford/Capri part fundamentally? Regards, Nate
(just to close this thread) So according the parts manual the brake handle came from Ford, and almost certainly English Ford (Steve's find of the early Capri, and also at least on 1963 Ford Cortina (see pic)). It was used later also on at least Lotus (Elan and Europa S1, Nate's discovery). Elan S2 had a Lucas switch incorporated into the handle (and at least a few early Mangustas and Maybe the Bordinath car did have a brake light on the dash).
OK Lee, you must be "out in the world" cuz for some silly reason eBay and it's goose stepping children are NOT allowing me to see one of these in particular auction (#324745302939 3 hours left at this time 75 Sterling asking price) from where my butt is now!!! Even selecting world wide search AND directly typing in the auction number do not turn up the auction!!! Google does...... looks like the seller may not ship to the US......that may or may not have anything to do with it!
Google turns up the two I believe, both on eBay UK but the second one goes to some sort of headliner trim panel now.....bad link, no biscuit!!
Steve, yes, if you thought you were wasting too much time on Ebay already---many items won't be seen unless you access the local Ebay (UK, Germany, France, Italy), especially if the seller hasn't wanted the bother of preparing quotes for everywhere in the world. A lot of the time, it just takes a polite request to get the OK, before the auction end...
But there is a very different profile of what is available--strangely, DeT parts are far more available in the US than anywhere but for example, Ebay Germany is full of Polish and Czech fans with vorkriegs Mercedes parts.
Ebay's software is so gawd^&%*Q_mn awful that even when the seller agrees in message to ship, Ebay sometimes won't allow checkout. I've complained to ebay about this time and again, a seller is kind enough to agree to ship to the US and then get hit with exactly the bother they wanted to avoid. Frankly when this happens you may need to send 'pictures' of your own email address, etc to transfer your email, any information to pay...or request the person to bill you, etc. Unbelievably, I've even had Ebay service (when they respond) instruct me to finish the sale outside the Ebay system--otherwise a capital offense.
But so far, it usually works. It can be painful, but the stuff we are normally looking for is impossible to find otherwise, the stuff that only appears every few years...And like the brake handle, just old stuff for common cars in some parts of the world.
Shipping costs from England are actually surprisingly reasonable. And if not from Germany, you can avoid DH-Hell...(Die Hassige Lugner...but that's another story..)--Lee
Just in case you're still after this the item looks like its been relisted, has over 4 days left which gives a bit more time. He does say posts to UK only but I know people who have a Fedex or UPS account may be able to send a label or arrange collection. As he now has "make offer" facility maybe he'll do a deal.
Item number is 324770352164 on Ebay.co.uk.
If you get stuck and really need it, PM me and we'll see if we can work out how to get it to you, or persuade him to add Global Shipping Programme - think he'd have to end and relist though.
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