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PostPost by: coopers » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:31 pm

How many Pistachio lime green cars are still left? I think it is a refreshingly 70's chic colour.

- not a popular colour in the original sales popularity stakes - just ahead of Tawny Brown, but how many are left vs how many were built.

- anybody know please? :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:16 pm

We don't even know how many were built since Lotus records were lost for the period when Pistachios were produced - 71/72.

There's lots of pictures of my <Pistachio> car - here, http://lionheartsolutions.com/sprint0260k/LotusElanSprint_0260K.html enjoy!

BTW, my car was originally Colorado Orange, which these days I think is even rarer!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:44 pm

You painted a Colorado car Pistachio green? There is no hope for you.
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PostPost by: Bill » Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:05 am

Mazzini

Phil's car had been repainted by the previous owner (who had no clue about the original colors historic significance I suspect). I was around when Phil bought it.

Mine is the weird color - red.

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PostPost by: Stevie-Heathie » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:18 am

Pistachio Green is my favourite colour for the Elan. Yes they seem to be few and far between.
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PostPost by: coopers » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:26 am

I recently purchased a FHC Sprint in Pistachio and the colour is fantastic, especially on drab winter days - the colour cuts through the gloom ! 8)

- I don't know if you remember Cedric from across the pond, it was his car, and he spent a lot of time on it..

Thanks for the link Phil - I love the look of your DHC, simply gorgeous.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:39 am

Bill wrote:Mazzini

Phil's car had been repainted by the previous owner (who had no clue about the original colors historic significance I suspect). I was around when Phil bought it.

Mine is the weird color - red.

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I'm just pulling Phil's leg, I think his car looks really good. I have weird taste, I like Colorado and am looking for a Sprint dhc in that colour. I have a red Elan too :D
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PostPost by: prezoom » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:21 pm

When I got my 64' Super Seven in kit form, I painted it in a color that was very close to Pistachio. Great color for the car. My Elva Coupe was originally Bronze, but repainted by a PO, again in a color close to Pistachio. Not a good color for that car. Still thinking about a color for the Elva, and the Orange used on the Evora or the new Lexus would be a good choice. On the Elan, Pistachio has to be one of my favorites.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:47 pm

Colour scheme chosen by Mrs T. It certainly gets noticed, most people smile, some shake their heads, purists have raised blood pressure :mrgreen:

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PostPost by: coopers » Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:53 pm

What's a 'purist'?
- colour looks factory me, wheels are changeable. Very nice.

Mine:
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:15 pm

pharriso wrote:We don't even know how many were built since Lotus records were lost for the period when Pistachios were produced - 71/72.

There's lots of pictures of my <Pistachio> car - here, http://lionheartsolutions.com/sprint0260k/LotusElanSprint_0260K.html enjoy!

BTW, my car was originally Colorado Orange, which these days I think is even rarer!



couldn't you get the interior seat "piping" in Pistachio green to match???
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:33 am

Wouldnt it be nice to own a Lotus in every colour they produced!
I like Pistachio green, and the Light Fern green. Oh and the Purple. and light Orange....

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PostPost by: coopers » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:12 pm

I like your thinking......

They all look great!
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:07 pm

coopers wrote:What's a 'purist'?


I believe that the wiper rubbers on Alan's car may be to the original pattern. :)
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PostPost by: tbsmith » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:03 pm

I know of two others in the US besides mine. Mine is a 72 Sprint and was solid red when I bought it. Resprayed it to original colors in 2010.

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