Lotus Elan

Keys and locks

PostPost by: rodlittle » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:22 pm

Can anyone tell me which key should unlock the boot (trunk) on an S1, door ? or ign ?
I have a seized boot lock and before I force it with the wrong key it would be nice to know which one should fit.
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PostPost by: RIB » Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:00 pm

Hi Rod,

I have just checked mine; the boot lock is not the same as either the door lock or the ignition. The same key appears to operate both the door lock and ignition, but I do not know if the the ignition switch is original as a previous owner had started to redesign the dash and wiring but did not finish his work.

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PostPost by: lotusS2guy » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:21 pm

I am an original owner of an S2. The car came with two keys - one operates the door locks and ignition and the other operates the glove box (cubby) lock and boot lock.

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PostPost by: mazlot » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:50 pm

Hi Rod,

ignition and boot are the same, doors different.

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PostPost by: rodlittle » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:52 am

Thanks guys,
Thats 3 different answers to the same question.
Since mine has different door and ign locks I think Ill go with Jeffs answer.
Jeff is yours an S1?
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PostPost by: mazlot » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:01 am

Thanks guys,
Thats 3 different answers to the same question.
Since mine has different door and ign locks I think Ill go with Jeffs answer.
Jeff is yours an S1?


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PostPost by: rodlittle » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:27 am

Thanks Jeff
yours sounds nearest to mine, which is chassis 86 unit 3067
your pictures look superb, a rather better restoration than Im attempting.
I shall be happy just to be able to drive mine again
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PostPost by: Henry VIIII » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:53 pm

Logically it makes better sense to have one key for door & ignition and a second key for glove box and boot.

It means that you can lock your private stuff away when you give the door/ignition key to the car valet at your posh hotel for him/her to garage & clean your Elan.


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PostPost by: rodlittle » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:58 pm

Not sure that Lotus was too bothered about logic :D
My door and ignition keys are different. The boot has yet to be decided
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PostPost by: elj221c » Thu Jun 07, 2012 2:22 pm

I'm with Herb and Henry.

That said, the ignition is so worn it will operate with either key!
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PostPost by: mazlot » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:21 pm

The definitive answer, straight from the workshop manual.

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Appears to be saying one key for all.
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PostPost by: Tahoe » Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:52 am

My ignition key opens the trunk (boot) as well. It doesn't open the glove box or the doors and I don't have a key that does so I never lock them. I seem to remember that my first S2 had 2 different keys, but don't know or remember what opened what.
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PostPost by: Witimpen » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:57 am

rodlittle wrote:Thanks Jeff
yours sounds nearest to mine, which is chassis 86 unit 3067
your pictures look superb, a rather better restoration than Im attempting.
I shall be happy just to be able to drive mine again
rod


jeff is exact i think..




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PostPost by: rodlittle » Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:21 pm

Having now managed to get the barrel out of the lock I can confirm that the boot lock is the same as the ignition lock on my S1
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