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Elan Sprints cars remaining in the USA ?

PostPost by: Mroz » Sun Oct 02, 2022 2:56 am

Please excuse little minutia about a topic of surviving Elan Sprints in the USA. Warning : I know little just guesstimates.

Just curious about an estimate of Elan Sprints numbers in the USA existing. From a quick survey of web info production of Elan Sprints was about 1353.

About 31% went to the USA or roughly 400 Elan Sprints.

I would guess maybe 50% survived.

Therefore very rough estimate of 200 Elan Sprints remain in USA? Am I in the ball park?

I have a Elan Sprint painted in Pistachio. So according the the factory color records 10% were painted Pistachio. So maybe 20 Pistachio Sprints are in the USA -minus repaint so estimate less than a dozen Pistachio.

Red and yellow more popular.

Popularity of Sprint Colors
LO 5 Carnival Red 23%
LO 7 Lotus Yellow 18%
LO 12 Lagoon Blue 14%
LO 13 Pistachio Green 10%
LO 4 Cirrus White 9%
LO 11 Regency Red 8%
LO 14 Colorado Orange 7%
LO16 Tawny Brown 7%
The remaining 4% are non-Sprint colours, used on the S4/Sprints
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PostPost by: Mroz » Sun Oct 02, 2022 3:29 am

Seems a better estimate is 25% of Lotus production went to USA.

'Again in the same article Chapman says “roughly half our production is for the home market, a quarter Europe and a quarter America.”
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Oct 02, 2022 6:19 am

If you look at the Numbers Made on my Sprint web page, you will see our current best estinates:

http://www.lotuselansprint.com/index.asp?pageid=41847

From my records around 41% of total Sprint production are what we might term 'live', so on the road, in restoration, stored or otherwise known about.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Sun Oct 02, 2022 11:32 am

I have pretty good numbers from the Federal Sprint register but am travelling this weekend, so will update in the next few days....
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