Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:18 pm

Can anyone i.d. this little light? What's it used for? Who/what cars were they on? The length is 2 1/4" and the diameter is 2 inches. Just a cool little piece.

Even the bracket is marked with the LEP logo.

I know this is not a Lotus part, which is why I'm posting in the Free Parking section.

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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu Feb 26, 2015 3:36 pm

It looks like a wing light, one you would mount on top of the wing of a car that perhaps didn't have side lights I'm not sure if they were ever original equipment or just one of those strange quirky accessories you could buy in the 1950's and 60's

Here's some other examples on good old Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-LEP-Wing-Lights-/331485799467?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item4d2e17e42b
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:01 pm

Looks as if it could be one of those angled lights used by long distance race cars, which lit the car's race number on each door.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:03 pm

Thanks guys. My "LEP" search (with other words), brought up results for "light emitting plasma" stuff. Obviously not vintage.
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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:19 pm

Map-reading light for dashboard?
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:28 pm

Does it have to be off a car ?

Sewing machine ?

Lathe ?

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:58 pm

richardcox_lotus wrote:Does it have to be off a car ?

Sewing machine ?

Lathe ?

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Not really. Just so happens I found this in a cache of car parts, hence the assumption.
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PostPost by: AHM » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:42 pm

Rear number plate light from a motorbike?
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:51 am

I like Tim's theory that it is a down lighter for a 24 hour race car ID number, you would get loads of interest advertising it on EBay as a classic Le Mans piece of history :mrgreen:

Just put a few unrelated pictures of British Le Mans racers in the advert.

A lamp for a motorcycle number plate is also a good one as proposed by Simon and probably nearer the truth.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 10:34 am

Yeah, Simon's theory sounds best. I'll advertise it with random pics of classic bikes at races. :) What
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PostPost by: jono » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:15 pm

...a parking light?
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PostPost by: Chancer » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:35 pm

It would help if we could see the lens and at least know what colour it is.

How many watts is the bulb if one is fitted that is, if so 6 or 12 volts?

The mounting bracket narrows it down.
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PostPost by: AHM » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:51 pm

... Could have been owned by Lawrence of Arabia!

Lawrence's Electrical Paraphernalia - World Famous!... Superior Quality :wink:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:27 pm

Lens is shown in the top photo. It's clear but I haven't pulled it yet to determine the bulb
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:32 pm

I reckon it's these guys

http://www.perei.co.uk/company-overview/history

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