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Sylvia Anderson's Elan

PostPost by: Lester Burnham » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:48 pm

I was watching an documentary about Gerry Anderson the other day, and Sylvia Anderson was apparently another celebrity Lotus owner I had not been aware of.

Here she is in a lovely metallic red car, off the road a long time according to the registration, possibly too long to resurface unless its gone abroad perhaps?

Excuse if this has been discussed before but it's new to me.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:49 am

That's vaguely reminiscent of a Spectrum Patrol Car.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrum_Patrol_Car

Especially the front wings.
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:07 am

SAR is a factory number plate ?
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:01 pm

I saw this footage a few years ago on a BBC doc about the 1970's, never realised it was Sylvia Anderson!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:03 pm

Who the heck is Sylvia Anderson ? :roll:

EDit: OK got it, the voice of lady penelope.... I used to watch Thunderbirds as a 6-8 yr old....
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PostPost by: RichC » Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:42 pm

oh i think there's other Lotuses (Loti?) the Spectrum Patrol Vehicle resembles.....
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:06 pm

SAR 900J is a Chelmsford registration from August 1970, last taxed in 1989.

SAR 120D was a press Elan. SAR 857D was used on an Europa road test. Perhaps that is where we have seen SAR in the past. There was a Plus 2 that featured in one contemporary road test, registered WAR 551J and another Plus 2 press car registered YVF 900J.

Of course, in November 1967 Lotus had moved to Hethel and the majority of press and test cars carried Norwich registrations.

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PostPost by: Geoffers71 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:25 pm

My Scimitar GTE has a SAR ***J registration from August 1970. I first bought it in 1972 from the first owner, sold it in 1979 and bought it back as a "barn find" wreck in 2003. It is now fully restored. But....it was first registered in Hemel Hempstead which is where the SAR registrations were located I was led to believe.j
Confirmed that SAR was a Hertfordshire registration up to 1974 and then Chelmsford thereafter :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: draenog » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:57 pm

JonB wrote:That's vaguely reminiscent of a Spectrum Patrol Car.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrum_Patrol_Car

Especially the front wings.


Don't forget Strakers car from UFO:

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Originally made for the 1969 film Doppelganger. Shown here with Graham Hill!

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PostPost by: Elan45 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:52 am

And even earlier SAR 5 was used on Mk8 and Mk9.!

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PostPost by: JonB » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:51 am

draenog wrote:Don't forget Strakers car from UFO:


Oooh! I didn't watch UFO as I couldn't get into it at the time. That crease along the front wing. And the door being held open with a broomstick, very Lotus. :lol:
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:31 am

As an aside, there is a new Thunderbirds TV series. It’s actually very good as it’s a mix of cgi and good old fashioned models. The joys of having young kids. I get to supervise tv time! My son is inseparable from his Tracy Island.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:12 am

Fabulous picture Pete! My son is inseparable from computer games...
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:22 pm

Thanks Rob. I’m not there...yet!
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