Lotus Elan

Somewhat strange numbering?

PostPost by: Tmac897 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:00 pm

Trying to identify the model of my Elan. I have a couple of strange numbers on the chassis that don’t look like any of the numbers listed in the manuals.

Aft of the motor mount:
26A-701

Forward of the MM, on the other side:
5/6127

Anybody know what these numbers signify?

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:14 pm

The 701 number is chassis part number, dont know what the other is.
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PostPost by: 1owner69Elan » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:54 pm

I wonder if the 5/6127 is actually 45/6127 which would make sense.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:34 pm

Unit No 6127 was invoiced by the factory in Sep 1966.

However, they usually took a few months to get to the US, so do you know Tony if your car is titled early on in 1967?

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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:02 pm

trw99 wrote:Unit No 6127 was invoiced by the factory in Sep 1966.

However, they usually took a few months to get to the US, so do you know Tony if your car is titled early on in 1967?

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I'm not the original owner. I acquired the car in 1974, so my title has that date. It had 51,000+ miles on it when I bought it. The description is 1967 Lotus Elan, but I don't have the original title.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:11 am

Okay Tony, thanks. Does your title give the Unit No or VIN?

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:26 am

Tim, if Tony has the original engine, could he give you engine number and work backwards from there?
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:53 am

Yes indeed, I can do that too.

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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:17 am

gjz30075 wrote:Tim, if Tony has the original engine, could he give you engine number and work backwards from there?


I do have the original engine, but it’s not here now. As soon as I get it back here, I’ll post the numbers.

Thanks for your help.
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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:46 am

My car was/is Lotus Yellow, which according to the paint chart posted elsewhere on the site would make it a mid-1967 car, if that can be taken literally.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:47 pm

Tmac897, in 1967 Lotus Yellow seems to be a valid colour description; by some point in 1968 the same paint-code appears to have become Lotus Safety Yellow. I found this out way back in '75/76, when I was looking to restore my, then, JPS Black/Gold lines S4 to the original yellow. Lotus; as usual, were utterly useless, as they were not interested in cars which had been paid for and gone thro' the factory gate.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:51 pm

Incidentally; the first few responders to your question are some of the best advisors you will find here!
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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:01 pm

elansprint71 wrote:Incidentally; the first few responders to your question are some of the best advisors you will find here!


Thanks for the info.

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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:50 pm

OK, I finally got back up north to my other garage to visit the body and scrounge for other parts. Here are the numbers from my car:

Chassis: 45/6127
Engine: LP16777
Unit: 6127 (as already noted)

Which would make this an S3 DHC.
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PostPost by: knockoffnut » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:05 pm

Congrats Tony, on owning an Elan for about 45 years. I have had mine for about 40 years now, and you have me beaten... Just out of curiosity how many miles have you put on yours in the last 45 years?
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