Lotus Elan

1968 Lotus Elan +2

PostPost by: olivier » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:54 pm

Hello,

A week ago I bought a 1968 LHD Lotus Elan, she was the second to be imported in France in early 1968. Some parts are missing like rear and front bumper, except thes parts I think that all parts are in the boxes that came with the car. I have dismanteled the body from the chassis and I work on the chassis now. The body is metallic lagoon blue, not a genuine color. I have not found the color digits in the engine bay, but there and there a white color appears. that makes me think she was white but which one ? cirus white, monaco white, old english white... ? Is anybody know what is the 1968 colors paints for Elan + 2 ? and/or what was the white color paint code ?
I am also interested in the red color code for the chassis.

thank you for your answers or comments
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:12 am

Looks like a great project.

Based on the colour charts here, I would be thinking L4 - Cirrus White would be correct. It is highlighted for Plus 2 in the 1967 and 1969 charts.

http://www.lotus-europa.com/colors.html

If you post your VIN, some folks here may have the colour from copies of Lotus records. Although the archivist didn't have colour records for my car, you can try contacting him from the forum to see what he has in your car.

The Plus 2 front bumper is the same as the Europa. Might help with tracking one down.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-EUROPA- ... Sww3tY5k-E

Rear bumper is Plus 2 only. The aftermarket ones typically have a straight bottom edge, where the original had a cove stamped in to them.

https://paulmattysportscars.co.uk/produ ... dy-elan-2/

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https://paulmattysportscars.co.uk/produ ... dy-elan-2/

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PostPost by: olivier » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:36 am

Thank you for your answer.

You confirm what I was thinking about, cirrus white seems to be the correct paint for this car.

http://lotuselan-plus2.be/trevorsparrow ... n_main.htm

I have contacted Andy Graham at Lotus, he gave me some information but nothing about the colour. He said that some records have been lost.

The bumper on ebay is already in my watch list :-)

new bumpers are too expensive

chassis number is 50/0514
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:17 am

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PostPost by: olivier » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:56 pm

sorry John but the access to your ebay link is bloqued, can't have access from France :-(
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:48 pm

Regarding colour for chassis, it is my understanding (and experience) that Plus 2 chassis were always black paint on top of red primer (whereas some Elans were produced with only the red (so-called) primer.

Certainly my car (1970) bears this out, as I scraped through the layers.

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PostPost by: olivier » Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:22 pm

my chassis was covered with black blackson, a sort of very sticky fat bitumen. Before this "paint" I think it was red. I am not sure that a layer of paint recover the red primary.
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:03 pm

Yeah, interesting. It can be tricky "archaeological" work to figure out the layers. On mine, there were definitely places where you could clearly see red and black paint, with no bitumen type stuff.

But could easily have been different practices at different times.

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