Lotus Elan

Lotus biggest export markets

PostPost by: richgilb » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:28 pm

Is it USA?

I guess it was and probably still is?
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PostPost by: gordont » Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:34 am

I would put money on there being more Elans in Japan these days, or atleast more on the road....
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PostPost by: richgilb » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:08 pm

That is not an export market for Lotus Cars, though. That is the second hand market.
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PostPost by: LotusArchives » Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:16 pm

If anyone has any distributor or export market dealer lists this would help me answer your question. I often come across dealer names that sometimes a internet search picks up, sometimes not. One tonight was Alderton Motors from 1969. A internet search pulled up a Alfa Romeo dealer in Souh Africa that someone thought also sold Lotus?

But yes for Elan S1 & S2 USA appears to be the largest export market, followed by Royal Elysees (France) appearing to have the largest number of sales per dealer/distributor outside of the US. I haven't yet sorted the other Elans into dealers as I am currently working through some +2 records.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:12 pm

For Sprints the figures break down as:

1112 produced for the domestic UK market
295 produced for the export market - 164 for the Federal (North America) market and 131 for Europe and the rest of the world

In an interview with Colin Chapman in Car May 1972 Chapman says ?roughly half our production is for the home market, a quarter Europe and a quarter America.?

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