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Elan paint colour - Condor Green

PostPost by: mazlot » Wed Jan 17, 2024 12:50 am

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Have been told my car was originally painted Condor Green, cannot find any reference to this colour.

Any help greatly appreciated.
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Wed Jan 17, 2024 5:07 am

Looks like the green used on the side flashes on a Lotus Cortina ???? Seems like I remember the Cortina factory Mk1 parts book showed Lotus Cortina parts too and that's where I'd look for the color's name.

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Wed Jan 17, 2024 5:27 am

https://www.condorcycles.com/products/c ... 5053404298. RAL 6035. Metallic racing green. Don’t seem to be able to upload a photo

That Condor moment:
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Wonder if it might have been a promotional colour (bit like Camay pink) as the colour looks close to that tobacco packet

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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Jan 17, 2024 9:44 am

The Plus 2 green colours are somewhat confusing. This is what my research - so far - has revealed:

Renault Mid Green, Metallic, LO17, used from Mar 73 - Oct 73. Renault Code 953. Lotus records show Plus 2's in this colour listed from Nov 72. It appears possible that this colour became Laurel Green on later cars; the colours are almost identical. The press cars also had no silver flake roof.

Bitter Green, LO22, used from Oct 73 - NK. Renamed Canadian Green L28 in 1974. A Rootes colour. Record of Nov 72 car in this colour from Lotus

Spruce Green, used from late 69-Jan 73. A BMC colour (GN-13BMC), offered on some Federal Elans & +2s , per sales sheet records. Perhaps a 'continuation' of BRG?

Conifer Green, dates NK. A Triumph colour

Laurel Green, Metalic, used 73-74? Rare and no Lotus code. Was a Triumph colour 69-71 and a Ford colour. See Mid Green LO17 above

Glade, used in 1970. A handful of +2 cars are listed with this colour; may refer to an early use of one of the above greens?

No Condor Green there at all.

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