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Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:42 am
by Mazzini
Just got this picture from Paul and a Super 100 badge for the Elite. A really nice guy.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:02 am
by elanfan1
What stands out to me is that the huge majority are white followed by blue think there?s only 1 red car there. The other think I noted is that there doesn?t seem to be a chrome hubcap in sight. Wonder if they were put in the car for dealer to fit later?

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:40 am
by Elanintheforest
I think they were in the boot Steve.
What a stunning photo Rob. In high res that could be studied for hours!

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:08 am
by Mazzini
From what I can make out -

- Four of the Elans on the transporters look as if they are in grey primer, its similar to Medici blue, but it isn't the same
- One of the Elans next to the transporter is in Primrose yellow. The Elites are, I guess, in Ford Sunburst yellow.
- Looks like the Elan, top right is in Jaguar Golden Sand.
- Never seen an all green Lotus Cortina Mk 1 before.
- Is that Anglia (bottom left) LHD? I wonder?
- BRG racing Elite at the end of the line of Cortinas

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:22 am
by Elanintheforest
There were 3 green Mk1 Lotus Cortinas made Rob, along with a gold one and a couple of red ones (as well as the competition red cars).

Not sure if the Anglia is LHD or not, but it would be exciting if it was! I'm guessing that this is late '63, or even early 64 from the number of Elans and Cortinas in there. Certainly the Cortinas came out very slowly in the first 6 months of the years, and they were whisked away to the customer as soon as they were made, rather than being parked up.

Mark

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:47 am
by elansprint71
According to Alan Rigarlsford, who painted all the Mike Spence Elans, many Elans were delivered to the dealers in primer, for finish-painting by the dealership.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:57 am
by Mazzini
elansprint71 wrote:According to Alan Rigarlsford, who painted all the Mike Spence Elans, many Elans were delivered to the dealers in primer, for finish-painting by the dealership.


I don't doubt you or Alan for a moment, but it's nice to have a colour photo as well.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:11 am
by 69S4
Great to have a colour photo from 'that far back' as colour prints from the 60's didn't have the best light exposure stability. Is it a print from a transparency - Kodachrome maybe?

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:20 am
by JonB
Who were "Vehicle Clearances Limited"? I was looking at the far lot and there are all sorts of cars parked there, not just Lotus related. The yard looks like a bit of a bomb site with that muddy looking dirt section - where might it be?

I was thinking about the net value if these cars, if they were found and sold off today... lots and lots.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:21 am
by Mazzini
69S4 wrote:Great to have a colour photo from 'that far back' as colour prints from the 60's didn't have the best light exposure stability. Is it a print from a transparency - Kodachrome maybe?


No idea what the original was, but I suspect you're right. I just bought a print though I haven't received it yet, but I understand it's large, hence the detail.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:22 am
by Mazzini
JonB wrote:Who were "Vehicle Clearances Limited"? I was looking at the far lot and there are all sorts of cars parked there, not just Lotus related. The yard looks like a bit of a bomb site with that muddy looking dirt section - where might it be?

I was thinking about the net value if these cars, if they were found and sold off today... lots and lots.


I guess you're looking at the works employees car park.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:30 pm
by ElliottN
According to Miles Wilkins (in his Lotus Twin-Cam Engine book), the initial twin-cam engine development vehicle was a LHD Anglia (purchased from the Belgian Embasy) - LHD was required as the webers would have fouled the master cylinders in a RHD Anglia.
So, it could be that Anglia or, it could be anything!

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:38 pm
by Mazzini
It's odd that it's on the 'works' side of the fence.

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:17 pm
by pharriso
What a wonderful picture, shame the whining has stopped Paul from posting here...

Re: Fascinating Photo Taken in Cheshunt in 1963

PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:39 pm
by USA64
Reminds me that the story goes that the Lotus name came from -lot unsold- written lot/us.
I have been amazed what a scanner can do in the -restore- setting abeit best done with the original.