I changed the front stock brake pads to a set of Mintex the night before I ran a Time Trial at Lime Rock last year. Thank God I did. While I was switching the front right pads I noticed the lower ball joint nut was MISSING! Well that's another story. As far as the new pads go, They were a big improvement over stock. No fade and you don't have to warm them up. I searched all over the US to find them but no one could get them. I finally got them from a shop in England. I'll put the address and price out when I find the invoice.
I also got a set of steel braided brake lines from Top End Performance. The price was $139.00 for a set of 6. Again well worth the money. They sell other add-on's for the Elan from brakes to suspension. Check out their site.
Here's a scan of the box, front and back, of the Mintex pads. On the back you can see other British cars that also use the pads.