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PostPost by: 111Robin » Wed Feb 22, 2023 2:49 pm

I'm surprised they didn't just copy the writeup from the auction. Well I suppose they did with the "rare black badge edition" BS.
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PostPost by: kjb3l » Mon Dec 04, 2023 3:19 pm

Still for sale at the dealers - 10 months on - think I made the right decision on the day!
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Dec 04, 2023 5:09 pm

But have you found one for yourself yet?
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PostPost by: kjb3l » Tue Dec 05, 2023 10:05 am

JonB wrote:But have you found one for yourself yet?


Yes thanks :D making it the fourth Elan that I've had since 1983
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PostPost by: Sadbrewer » Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:28 am

111Robin wrote:I'm surprised they didn't just copy the writeup from the auction. Well I suppose they did with the "rare black badge edition" BS.


Not rare...but not BS either...despite what Graham Arnold claimed in later years, Lotus at the time put press releases out confirming the black badge was Jim Clark commemorative.

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PostPost by: ericbushby » Thu Dec 07, 2023 10:09 am

Hi Sadbrewer,
That is fascinating, all I have ever heard before are rumours and denials. Do you know the date of that announcement because my September 1967 Elan has a black badge but I do not know if it is original or appropriate.
Hope you can help.
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PostPost by: Sadbrewer » Thu Dec 07, 2023 1:00 pm

Hi Eric...all the press releases appear after Clark's death...all the titles being published in August of 1968.
I don't think there's any doubt a small number of black badges existed prior to that date, in fact I think there is photographic evidence to prove that, but whether yours was retrofitted or original I couldn't say for certain.
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Thu Dec 07, 2023 5:09 pm

Thankyou for that.
Afterwards I thought it was a daft question when Jim Clark died in April 1968, six months after my car was registered. Therefore the badge cannot be related to that. However as you state that some badges were black before the crash I now have an excuse to leave it where it is. Thanks
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PostPost by: MACCA.GLM » Thu Dec 07, 2023 5:37 pm

Hi Sadbrewer

An interesting topic this. 40 plus years ago I owned a blue metallic silver roofed plus 2s registered in 1969 G with a black badge .When I sold it I took off the black badge, why I don't know and still have this in my garage.Is there any marks or symbols to identify wether it is a Jim clark memorial badge.I have had a look at mine and cannot find anything to suggest this.

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PostPost by: Sadbrewer » Thu Dec 07, 2023 6:10 pm

Hi Macca, no, there are no extras on the black badge, or at least there were none on mine which was registered in July 1969, just the same traditional design with different colours.
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PostPost by: kjb3l » Thu Dec 07, 2023 7:26 pm

Interesting information regarding the black badge.
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PostPost by: kjb3l » Wed Feb 21, 2024 7:51 pm

So - just over 12 months on & the car is on offer (now) at H&H Auction in March!
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