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S1 Speedos, which is correct ?

PostPost by: Fredtech » Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:02 pm

Guys.

I?m currently re-building an early S1 car, and can?t figure out which is the correct Speedo to fit. Please see attached picture

The difference is one has a ?Green? indicator light and the other an ?Amber? indicator light.

I?ve seen quiet a few early cars, and it seem ?both? types are fitted ?.

So which is correct ?. The only thing I can think of is that ?Federal/Export? cars may
have been Amber and UK Green ?.

Any ideas ?
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PostPost by: AlfaLofa » Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:21 pm

My '64 RHD UK S1 has the green lens.
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PostPost by: rodlittle » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:06 pm

Mines green too John thats a 1963 car
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PostPost by: Chris in CA » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:06 pm

My 64 LHD US Elan 1600 (S1) also has the green indicator lamp

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 1:55 am

Fredtech wrote:Guys.

So which is correct ?. The only thing I can think of is that ?Federal/Export? cars may
have been Amber and UK Green ?.

Any ideas ?


I think your ascribing to much system and structure to Lotus especially back in the early 60's. I am sure they fitted whatever was at hand on the day and I doubt they even specified in detail the turn indicator lens colour to their supplier. They were not really into getting all the paperwork details precise :lol:

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PostPost by: nomad » Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:08 am

Not wanting to hijack the thread but would any of you know if the black bezel's are available today or do I powder coat the ones I have???

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:31 am

I think your ascribing to much system and structure to Lotus especially back in the early 60's. I am sure they fitted whatever was at hand on the day and I doubt they even specified in detail the turn indicator lens colour to their supplier. They were not really into getting all the paperwork details precise :lol:

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:33 am

I believe the green one is correct too and have a vague notion that the Amber one is from a Lotus Cortina?

Out of interest are the numbers under the centre of the needle exactly the same? I'd expect to see a small difference - something like SN6207/08 and maybe SN6207/09 (just as an example - these are just differences between MPH and KPH gauges).
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PostPost by: William2 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:39 am

I would just paint the bezels you already have using a satin black standard aerosol.
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PostPost by: nomad » Sun Sep 29, 2013 12:30 pm

William2 wrote:I would just paint the bezels you already have using a satin black standard aerosol.



Thanks William, were they only painted or some black anodize or some such??


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PostPost by: Fredtech » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:26 am

Guys. Thanks to all those that responded, looks like the ?Green? is a clear winner.

For ?Elan-Fan? Interestingly both Smiths Speedometer Numbers are the same
That is. SN6136/000A 1000.
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PostPost by: paddy » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:12 am

If you want original black bezels you can get them from this man. He refurbs instruments and usually replaces black with chrome so has a stock of old bezels.

There are also some ebay sellers who sell new black bezels.

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PostPost by: nomad » Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:03 pm

Thanks all!


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