Lotus Elan


PostPost by: Geoff Winter » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:10 pm

Can anyone tell me when the baby Elan changed from red dashboard decals to white. As I understand it, red were fitted to the later S3 and continued in the early production S4, but I canniot establish the dates. Geoff
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PostPost by: Alasdair » Sat Jan 16, 2010 2:02 pm

The first time I saw Red lettering was when we got a 1968 S3 SS Coupe, I do not know if other Elans had Red letting, perhaps the Red in the SS was a supposed to be more viable and or safe?

Finding Red letters when re-doing a dash will not ne easy!

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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:58 pm

My Aug 69 S4 has white lettering so the change must have been earlier than that

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PostPost by: John Larkin » Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:27 pm

My September 1967 S3SE FHC originally had red dashboard lettering. I now have a new Sue Miller dashboard with white lettering. This car has had a red interior (seats, door trim, tunnel cover) since new and I have always assumed that the red lettering was part of that colour scheme.

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