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Lotus Elan Front Bumpers

PostPost by: mac5777 » Sun Apr 17, 2005 3:20 am

Hi, does anyone know if Lotus ever made a metal bumper for the baby elan? I have heard that lotus did make a few but only for the ones that were used for the car shows. There is one on ebay right now. Thanks Mac5777
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:20 pm

I had a look at the pics and that's a Europa front bumper, it comes from one of the Fords......Anglia or Cortina......can't remember which one, note the cutout for the number plate when fitted to Fords.
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PostPost by: Matt7c » Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:08 pm

The chromed Anglia front bumper is also on the Plus 2 - but upside down. I think.
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:27 pm

I think I remember Lotus playing around with chrome on fiberglass which may have found it's way onto a few Elan bumpers but they were always good old fibreglass underneath
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:45 am

Thanks for all of the info on the chrome bumper. I found a couple of companies that have a spray on chrome that will go over almost anything. Samples appear to be mirror like. Thought I might try the look. If I ever learn how to post pictures, I will.
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PostPost by: bs982367 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:46 am

I confirm, it comes from the Ford Anglia.
The chroming process is not the best solution in case of any small damage on the bumper (it will crack and chip !) - this is just cosmetic and not a real solution for the long term.
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PostPost by: bs982367 » Tue Apr 19, 2005 11:29 am

I think that there is some misunderstanding. Indeed, on my Lotus Europa I fitted a bumper from the Ford Anglia (exactly the same) but this one is different from the Lotus Elan (baby one).
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Apr 20, 2005 1:58 pm

The late Graham Arnold said that he had a specialist firm chromium plate glassfibre to improve the appearance of the front & rear bumpers in 1964.

Apparently only the first set achieved an acceptable standard and they were fitted to a succession of Lotus Sales Department cars used by Arnold. They got scrapped after suffering too many parking dings.
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PostPost by: 1964 S1 » Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:44 am

Could the ebay listing be a +2 bumper?
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PostPost by: lotuselanman » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:47 pm

;) :D ;)
Gidday,
A good plce to try is your friendly Undertaker or suppler of one trip boxes. I have had interior parts of my LC PLASTIC CHROMED with great success Worth a try.
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