Lotus Elan

1990 Los Angeles Auto Show - Elan US Debut - HELP!

PostPost by: shadeone » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:34 pm


My name is Jamie and I desperately need your help...

I dont own an Elan, however, I do own a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE.

I recently contacted Lotus Cars USA regarding the history of my Esprit to see if they had any more details about it that I was unaware of... It turns out, that before my car was delivered to the first retail dealer, it was used in the 1990 Los Angeles Auto Show in January of 1990 as their Esprit display car! This relates to the Elan in the face that 1990 was the year that the Elan was debuting in the US, specifically at this auto show. My car probably wasn't part of a huge display or anything but I am scouring the internet and asking everyone I possibly can in hopes of finding pictures of my car at this event. It ran from January 6th to the 14th, 1990. My car is a red 1990 Esprit SE with chrome wheels so it should be instantly recognizable in any pictures that might be out there.

Im just hoping some of you Elan obsessed people might have knowledge on any articles or pictures taken from this show that might have even the smallest corner of my car in the background of a picture or something! I already found the 1990 LA Auto Show brochure that was handed out at the show but it only uses stock Lotus photographs for the car images. Lotus Cars USA themselves have also stated that they dont keep stuff like this.

Any help or leads are appreciated!
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PostPost by: gherlt » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:54 pm

you should try lotuselancentral.com for anything on the new Elan.


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PostPost by: shadeone » Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:08 pm

crap.... i just realzied this forum is mainly for the older elans and not the m100... oops. sorry guys!

still cant hurt to spread my help request everywhere! Im sure there were probably some old style elan-heads that went to the 90 la auto show to see what all the hooplah was about the new elan! ;)
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