Lotus Elan

Green base coat on S4

PostPost by: Gardog » Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:26 pm

I was having the Elan painted this summer and discovered a layer of green paint under the two layers of yellow. I liked the colour and decided to ditch the yellow and go with the green.

It doesn't look like the standard green that I have seen on other Elans but I have seen it on other Lotus cars from the period.

Does anyone have any insight into the colour? I have a certificate from the Lotus archives but it says that the colour was not recorded.

Was this the finished colour or was Lotus using old paint as a primer?
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:05 pm

Do you think your car was originally painted green, then yellow, then back to green?

It looks like the grey is below the green?
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PostPost by: Gardog » Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:53 pm

Yes. It looks like grey, green, yellow, yellow again and finally green.
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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:49 pm

Gardog wrote:I have a certificate from the Lotus archives but it says that the colour was not recorded.


It was probably delivered in primer and painted by the dealer in the customers choice. I think this was pretty common approach in NA.
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