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PostPost by: Mark 1964 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:42 am

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I have just bought my second lotus, a plus 2 130s in Roman Purple. The car was registered in January 1974, however it was the London motorshow car from 1973. Apparently there was a Europa and this Lotus both in Roman purple on the stand. I should be really grateful if anyone can point me in a direction where I could find some photographs of the cars on the stand.

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PostPost by: deryck » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:59 pm

Hi Mark

congratulations on the purchase!
was that the car UK sports cars had for sale as i was tempted, .

at the time i was looking i found some info and ill let you know what i have over the weekend.

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PostPost by: JimE » Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:59 pm

You must have bought your car from UK Sportscars. I have seen a black and white photo of the 73 Earls Court show +2. It's out there somewhere. Here is a period picture of the Europa in Roman Purple. Last a picture of a 74 +2 in Roman Purple taken for 'The Car' Magazine. Roman Purple was also featured on the first Lotus Elites in 74 as per the sales literature at the time. Jim
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:43 pm

JimE wrote: I have seen a black and white photo of the 73 Earls Court show +2. It's out there somewhere... Jim


Isn't that the photo in Robinshaw/Ross? If it's the one I'm thinking of it's a picture of the offside rear and a comment about the fact it has a Peco exhaust fitted. But yes, black and white unfortunately.

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PostPost by: Mark 1964 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:29 am

Thanks for the encouraging responses gents.

I did spend a fair bit of time on line too with no luck. That was when I thought I would try the forum. Black and white or colour anything welcome.

Yes it is the car that was for sale at uk sports cars.It was pretty much as the add described, apart form the interior, which i am afraid needing re upholstering in the oatmeal.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:41 am

Mark, here are a couple for you.

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PostPost by: Mark 1964 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:23 am

Thank you Tim, that's really helpful.
Are those pictures taken from the book Robbie mentions?
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PostPost by: JimE » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:35 am

Brilliant Tim. I haven't seen those before. Jim
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:04 am

No Mark, they’re from Lotus World, the factory monthly news sheet.

Since there were two Plus 2s on the stand, my suspicion is that yours was the RHD one and the other most likely a LHD version.

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PostPost by: Mark 1964 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:49 pm

Hi Tim,

Thank you for all your information. I think your analogy makes sense.

Do you know where I might start looking for higher resolution copies of those great period pictures? I cant read the text.

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:31 pm

The other source you might want to investigate are contemporary copies of Motor or Autocar as they always did good Motor Show features. If you know the dates of the shows, the magazines would have come out the following Wednesday I believe. Check on eBay or similar

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:50 am

Mark 1964 wrote:Thank you Tim, that's really helpful.
Are those pictures taken from the book Robbie mentions?
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That was the pic I was thinking of, looks like it was re-produced from Lotus World in the R&R book

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