Lotus Elan

French Blues

PostPost by: atthelimit » Mon Oct 16, 2023 8:02 am

Hi all, does anyone know if the Lotus French Blue is the same as the Triumph French Blue as used on Stags and GT6s of the same period. I want to paint my car but the Lotus colour looks a little dark in some lights and in pictures the triumph one a touch lighter. Anyone have any knowledge.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Oct 16, 2023 8:21 am

LO2 French Blue was indeed a Triumph colour. It was available from mid 1967 to October 1970.

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PostPost by: Sadbrewer » Mon Oct 16, 2023 10:49 pm

French Blue on my 1969 S4 was darker than the Triumph Colour...I'll try and find a phot if I can.
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PostPost by: snowyelan » Tue Oct 17, 2023 1:15 pm

Blue Elan threads below. I chose a modern colour, Ford grabber blue, which is similar to french blue.

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PostPost by: TonyWalker » Tue Oct 17, 2023 6:33 pm

I used to have a blue Elan, an S4 SE FHC. I would have called it royal blue but some people on line have called similar cars French blue. I had always considered French blue to be a light blue, but then I found this colour chart a while ago which threw me somewhat. Either way the Elan looks great in blue :)
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Oct 18, 2023 1:07 pm

I think the more ‘royal’ darker shade is French *racing* blue, as opposed to lighter shades that may have some other French relevance.
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PostPost by: JonB » Wed Oct 18, 2023 4:33 pm

There's another colour called Cerulean Blue (or is it "Wedgewood Blue?) that is similar but not quite the same as French Blue. Not on that colour chart of course.
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