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What colour should it be?

PostPost by: SADLOTUS » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:50 pm

What colour should it be?
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:36 am

Obviously, I am biased..... :D
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PostPost by: thor » Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:38 am

Jaguar Brooklands green.....? fantastic blackish dark green, even better in metallic. (but sacrilegious?)
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PostPost by: RobCapper » Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:41 am

i rather like it in black. Never seen a black elan beofre and it looks very smart... be great if you put the 'sprint' trim down the sides too...?!
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PostPost by: steveww » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:58 am

Black cars are great if you like washing cars. I had a black car once, the damn thing never stayed clean for more than an hour. Black shows up every little spec of dust.

IMHO I think Elans look good in white. However the light blue one looks good too. Each to their own :)
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PostPost by: Emma-Knight » Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:42 am

...to my point of view a too dark car "eats" the shadow lines of doors, lamp pods and boot lid.

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Thu Jul 06, 2006 2:33 pm

One colour or two-tone ? My Sprint is Lagoon blue/Gold Leaf stripe/white & have often pondered whether I would prefer the car in a single colour.

Personally one of the favourite "standard" schemes I have seen is a Not-too-garish red, all over, with black wheels. Pretty similar to one of your pictures.

Re hiding the shadow lines, if the car black - at least it'll help hide the enormous panel gaps :lol:
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PostPost by: lotusfan » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:47 pm

I agree with the negative comments on black, I have had 2 black cars and they look lovely just after a wash but it does not last. May I suggest Lotus yellow for a single colour? My Sprint is orange and white.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:29 am

You want to be careful showing you know how to model different colours in pictures on your computer.

I did that once and I then had to do about 1000 variations of kitchen colours and tiles for the planned kitchen rennovation

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PostPost by: Old English White » Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:27 am

... If you are asking us , you will get only confusion ...!
My advice will be , if you can't choose a color , to stay with the original factory color .
This , a non-adventurous choice , will give your car a better value than other "funky" color . As second possibility , pick a color in the period Lotus color chart . Think about the interior trim too , it can help to decide .
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:37 pm

If it's of any help, the Blue you've shown is very similar to the colour of my Elan.
Many people have mentioned what a nice colour it is. The wheels & bumpers were painted in the same silver in order to keep the number of different colours to a minimun. There's a picture of it in the gallery.
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Sat Jul 08, 2006 2:26 am

I just posted some additional photos (elan gallery) of my BRG elan that shows a wide range from almost black to light green depending on the light.
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Sun Jul 09, 2006 4:45 pm

A while back I was sent a picture of an elan that was being restored and had just been painted. I have looked through my old stuff and can not find it. It was a color combination that I had not seen before and it looked really good. It was sprint style, dark green with a white bottom. If you have finished it, could you post your Elan here?? It would be worth showing.
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PostPost by: SADLOTUS » Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:49 pm

Thanks for the feedback chaps, hot favourite was red/silver for ages, but all the comments and looking around... i've started looking at the dark blues.
Originally it was Audi bright racey red, but how classy is the VW blue? - darker than a Suburoooo?

Anyway, why is it that the colour becomes a really important decision when you're still ages away from having to actually decide?!
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun Jul 09, 2006 6:55 pm

Old English White wrote: to stay with the original factory color . will give your car a better value than other "funky" color . .
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I agree, if you dont know the original colour, paint it white.... you could also add an other colour (as per Sprint) if you "really" wanted to spoil it later :lol:
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