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Early Elan coupe license plate lamp

PostPost by: zog » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:29 pm

I went to install my new license plate lamps on my early Elan coupe and the did not fit. The rectangular holes are too small for the lamp bases. I looked in the parts book and it shows a different part. Does anyone have a picture of what I should be looking for and where I can get them?


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PostPost by: sveris » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:01 pm

You might try this one, Bob. Made by Hella, although it might not be exactly what Lotus used for your early Elan Coupe.



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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:21 pm

The licence plate lamp that you show in the photograph looks just like mine (S4 fixed head 1968). Mine are Hella, but I am not sure of the number. Both lamps are the same, but the numbers on the outside of the boxes are different. Both lamp lenses have the following marks

K 12813

E1 (in a circle)


HLO (Or HL0)

I went out to the garage to see if they fit. They do, perhaps that one of the differences between an S4 and your car.

I have rummaged through my paperwork and found the invoice that shows Part No 2K 001 378-041

I assume this is the Hella part number.

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PostPost by: Unibrain » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:41 pm

sveris wrote:I have rummaged through my paperwork and found the invoice that shows Part No 2K 001 378-041

Google shows this part as available from here http://www.sparepartstore24.co.uk/933534-hella

The drawing looks like the lamp.

I also found them on ebay for about $12 and $195 shipping to the US. Yikes!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:11 am

I covered the license plate light used on later cars in this posting - http://www.lotuselan.net/forums/electrical-instruments-f38/source-license-plate-lights-sprints-t27227.html

Isn't Bob's point that this light too large for his early car?
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PostPost by: AHM » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:38 am

I have seen a flat lense light .... checked the parts manual also.

The later lamp as shown originally had a different terminal arrangement - Having one 'horizontal' terminal and using the mounting screw for the other. ie one blade and one eye.
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