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Burnt Sand Unusual colour

PostPost by: atthelimit » Mon Oct 02, 2023 11:48 am

At Goodwood recently and I saw this car, built from kit and owned from new by the owner. Its Lotus colour is Burnt Sand, not many Elans in this colour.
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Mon Oct 02, 2023 11:58 am

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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Oct 02, 2023 12:48 pm

It was not a popular colour. Some folk call it Cardboard.

From memory, it was only available for some three odd years.


Edit to add: Available from mid 67 to Oct 70. It was actually a Porsche colour, Sand.
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PostPost by: JonB » Mon Oct 02, 2023 12:57 pm

There's a Triumph colour called Sandglow which is similar. I had a Spitfire in it which I rather liked.
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PostPost by: HCA » Mon Oct 02, 2023 4:13 pm

Basically, it is Sahara Beige - a colour of the day that was the kiss of death on anything it adorned :D Then they rebranded it, as above, Sandglow. I did not now that Lotus adopted the colour as well :D
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PostPost by: jono » Mon Oct 02, 2023 5:52 pm

I like Burnt sand, it looks great on an early Plus 2
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PostPost by: Ianstuart » Tue Oct 03, 2023 4:51 am

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My silver Plus 2 next to Miles’s car (and some others) as we wait to go out on track for the Lotus 75th Anniversary Parade at Goodwood.
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PostPost by: tdskip » Fri Oct 13, 2023 1:09 pm

I like it, very period color.
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Fri Oct 13, 2023 3:14 pm

There's an S3 DHC matching that colour that makes an appearance in this video (@1.25)

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Oct 13, 2023 3:51 pm

My 1970 +2S was like burnt sand or i seem to remember people saying "positano" or something like that Porsche.
Sorry brain fade.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Sun Oct 15, 2023 1:53 am

I have a bonnet w/ original burnt sand paint on it that I bought from DSN Lotos in the late 1970's to use on my Super Safety. when I thought the bubble bonnet on it was incorrect. Since then, of course I have determined that I have the correct one fitted to it, but now I have a 3rd S3 that may need it, so it's not for sale.

But if some one wanted to borrow it for a color scan, I'd be willing to help.

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PostPost by: berni29 » Sun Oct 15, 2023 5:17 pm


This is a very early +2, perhaps burnt sand? I cannot remember, she is long gone..... may still be in someones garage though......
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PostPost by: phil1800 » Sun Oct 15, 2023 6:57 pm

This was a popular hue in the late 60ties/ early 70ties: My late mother’s 1968 280 SL has a similar color, Sahara Beige / Cognac Leather. Since he is no longer able to drive it on a regular basis, my 86 years old father gave it to me last year. But it is still at my fathers garage 140 miles away, as I haven’t found a suitable garage so far.
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