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PostPost by: JJDraper » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:21 pm

Just watched an episode of Randall & Hopkirk deceased on ITV4 (UK). Sad I know, but there you are. Anyway, one of the characters (a girl supposed to have been murdered) has a +2 which appears briefly (40minutes in) as it is being driven into a garage. Nice red early +2, with an in period mod of a third light above the numberplate - or it could be a handle - difficult to tell! Anyway, I wonder if LPW120E is still about? Anyone out there got it & is unaware of its brief moment of stardom?!

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PostPost by: JJDraper » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:22 pm

Sorry, absent minded - should have gone in the +2 section......
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:53 pm

Nothing wrong with R&H - classic telly :wink:

If I recall it was referred to as a "special sports" or "sports special". Colin probably refused to pay for the advert' :lol:
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:06 pm

If I remember my registration numbers correctly, an 'E' registration was on a car registered between Jan '67 and Aug '67....before the Plus 2 was available. So either a borrowed number from the Lotus fleet or just made up for television. May be very difficult to identify the real car. What colour was it?
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PostPost by: tower of strength » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:08 pm

I think thats the car used by the factory as thier press demonstrator, and therefore features in all of the lotus books, I also believe it is build number 14 and was seen at Donnington, restored a few years back.

That'll be the one with Graham Arnolds tweaked engine !!

This may all be just me halucinating though, so don't take it as gospel

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PostPost by: elans3 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:11 pm

JUST CHECKED THE DVLA WEBSITE, AND IT SHOWS AS A LOTUS, 1558, FIRST REG 19/6/67, AND WAS LAST ON THE ROAD FEB '82, NOT SCRAPPED. iT'S OUT THERE SOMEWHERE.........
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PostPost by: tower of strength » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:16 pm

whats the link to the reg search facility at the dvla Steve?

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PostPost by: elans3 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:21 pm

Chaps, see link below
http://www.vehiclelicence.gov.uk/EvlPor ... =directgov

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PostPost by: tower of strength » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:24 pm

just had a rummage through my books, LPW120E was the Motor road test car in September 1967, reprint in the elan super profile book, In another book, LPW120F is the Factory photo for publicity shots car!

strange?
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PostPost by: tower of strength » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:25 pm

thanks steve, that site is a mare to get around!!

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PostPost by: bcmc33 » Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:24 pm

Just for the record - this is a copy of the picture from the Autocar road test No. 2177.
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PostPost by: JJDraper » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:00 pm

After a little electrotrickery here are some images from the episode for the archivists amongst us!

Is that a third light above the numberplate or a handle?

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PostPost by: dusty » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:11 pm

Its a handle - early cars had an external boot handle.

Here's another picture.

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PostPost by: dusty » Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:07 pm

Spot the difference...

LPW 120E

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And

LPW 120E

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Looks as though LPW 120E was a number lotus used on more than one car, the first picture shows a very early car with the Alfa rear lights and Elan +2 badge on the rear. The second a slightly later car with the Jaguar rear lights.

I wonder how many LPW 120E's there were!
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PostPost by: tower of strength » Sat Jul 28, 2007 1:18 pm

thats mighty interesting, also notice in the pics with Alfa lights, the boot handle is the lopsided baby elan type and in the second photo its the T handle

My car has the later lights but the early boot handle

A later press car was LPW120 F

wonder if they were the same car?
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