Lotus Elan

Elan S3 colours

PostPost by: Dieschelan » Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:57 am

Hi Jim

My car is a Dhc with chassis number 45 6529. The car has also the air vents in the sides.
Ir would be great If someone put pictures of their cars to see the colours.

Regards
Dieschelan
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 103
Joined: 07 May 2015
Location: Spain

PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:10 am

Here is the 1967 Lotus colour chart. It is the earliest one I have a record of.

Tim
Attachments
1967-colour-chart.jpg and
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2580
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:15 am

And here are some examples. Bear in mind that the colour reproduction of the photo and then on the screen distorts the true colour.

Tim
Attachments
lo-04-cirrus-white-a.jpg and
LO 4 Cirrus White
lo-05-carnival-red-amp-lo-08-matt-black-both-original.jpg and
LO 5 Carnival Red
lo-06-burnt-sand-s4.jpg and
LO 6 Burnt Sand
lo-07-lotus-yellow.jpg and
LO 7 Lotus Yellow
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2580
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:15 am

My April '67 built S3 S/E was supplied in Wedgwood blue, but since '74 its been Ford Windsor white,
User avatar
Mazzini
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 1414
Joined: 11 Dec 2010
Location: NE UK

PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:17 am

And some more
Attachments
lo-01-brg.jpg and
LO 1 BRG
lo-02-french-blue.jpg and
LO 2 French Blue
lo-03-wedgewood-blue.jpg and
LO 3 Wedgewood Blue
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2580
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: nmauduit » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:50 am

If I may cirrus white does not have the purple haze of the first photo in my eyes... the following photos found here on the forum are closer of my perception of that (lovely) color :

Image

Image
S4SE 36/8198
User avatar
nmauduit
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 831
Joined: 02 Sep 2013
Location: France

PostPost by: gino1 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:21 pm

Here's another Green...came from USA with this colour in 1990.
Gino Milano
Italy
Attachments
027.jpg and
User avatar
gino1
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 532
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Milano - Italy

PostPost by: gino1 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:24 pm

Here's a Medici blue S2 1965

Gino
Milano
Italy
Attachments
159.jpg and
User avatar
gino1
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 532
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Milano - Italy

PostPost by: knockoffnut » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:24 pm

That's a very good looking car, Gino. Thanks for posting. I have been wondering what a 26R would look like in Medici blue. Would you have any other pictures of it? The blue looks perhaps a little lighter in this picture than other Medici blue cars and I am wondering if it is due to the lighting in this picture?
1964 S1
1965 S2
1967 S3 SE DHC
Frankentwincam
Seven S2 A
Seven S2 F
knockoffnut
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 163
Joined: 02 Sep 2011

PostPost by: gino1 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:33 am

Hi Frank,
This is another photo...
It might not be exactly Medici blue as this is a colour I made up that was very similar but maybe a little darker.
Here's another pic that shows its true colour.

Gino
Milano Italy
Attachments
201.jpg and
User avatar
gino1
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 532
Joined: 12 Sep 2003
Location: Milano - Italy

PostPost by: knockoffnut » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:31 pm

Che bella machinna, Gino.
I like your car in that blue very much.
1964 S1
1965 S2
1967 S3 SE DHC
Frankentwincam
Seven S2 A
Seven S2 F
knockoffnut
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 163
Joined: 02 Sep 2011

PostPost by: Dieschelan » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:34 am

Thank you Tim for all the pictures. But I have a question. I'm confused, in your colour list most colours from S3 beginn in mid 1967. My car was built in Novembre 1966 and I don't know which colour is correct for this period.

Regards
Dieschelan
Second Gear
Second Gear
 
Posts: 103
Joined: 07 May 2015
Location: Spain

PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:38 pm

In November 1966 the colour palate, as far as we can tell at this remove, was:

Medici Blue
Carmen Red
Fiesta Yellow
Sunburst Yellow
British Racing Green
Cirrus White

However, please do bear in mind two things, that a customer could choose any colour they wished and that no accurate records exist for Elans of this era with regard to the colour that they left the factory.

Therefore, you have two options. Firstly, provided your car has not been stripped back to the gel coat and re-painted, sand down through the layers to reveal the colours that it has been. If you wish to remain original, go with what you find as the first hue. Secondly, you have the car finished in whatever colour you wish; your car, your choice.

Tim
User avatar
trw99
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
 
Posts: 2580
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: nomad » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:17 pm

Tim sounds as if he has the best plan!

Also believe that Gino's car is far closer to a Wedgewood blue than Medici blue. I have been fighting to match my original Medici and simply can't believe in this computer age how much difficulty I have had in getting someone to match it. Beautiful color and I can't bring myself to cover up what little original reference I have with something that isn't quite right.

Kurt
26/3754
nomad
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 897
Joined: 05 May 2012
Location: South Dakota, USA

PostPost by: StressCraxx » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:15 am

trw99 wrote:In November 1966 the colour palate, as far as we can tell at this remove, was:

Medici Blue
Carmen Red
Fiesta Yellow
Sunburst Yellow
British Racing Green
Cirrus White

However, please do bear in mind two things, that a customer could choose any colour they wished and that no accurate records exist for Elans of this era with regard to the colour that they left the factory.

Therefore, you have two options. Firstly, provided your car has not been stripped back to the gel coat and re-painted, sand down through the layers to reveal the colours that it has been. If you wish to remain original, go with what you find as the first hue. Secondly, you have the car finished in whatever colour you wish; your car, your choice.

Tim


My 67 S3 Super Safety was painted Carnival Red according to Andy Graham.
There is no cure for Lotus, only treatment.
User avatar
StressCraxx
Fourth Gear
Fourth Gear
 
Posts: 790
Joined: 26 Sep 2003
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
PreviousNext

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests