Lotus Elan

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:36 am

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Just bought from the US.

So unusual I just couldn't say no.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:51 am

Ooh! Very nice....

Are they original vinyl or re-covered? I remember reading that some S2 cars had red interiors from the factory.
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PostPost by: Geoffers71 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:58 am

Yep, my first S2 had a completely red interior fron new.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:32 am

I think some S3's did as well.
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:15 pm

John Larkin's S3 has an all red interior. Very nice it is too. I think he said it was to do with a racing team tie up?
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PostPost by: John Larkin » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:02 pm

Bombay Racing Green wrote:John Larkin's S3 has an all red interior. Very nice it is too. I think he said it was to do with a racing team tie up?



My car has had a red interior from new. The car was sold new to a C.A. Vandervell, presumed to be one of the Vanwall Bearings family. I don't know if there was a formal racing relationship with Lotus or whether the car was just given some special treatment during production considering who it was destined for.

The dashboard writing was in red, and it has S4-style rocker switches instead of the usual S3 toggle type.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:09 pm

Please post photos!
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PostPost by: terryp » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:23 pm

Wasn't this for the Elan S3,5?
There was a crashed one in Canada for sale on here a couple of years ago

Great seats Rob, where are you going to put them?

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:19 pm

If you're looking for red seat covers, talk to Famous Frank on this forum. A pm will most likely work.

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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:19 pm

Sorry John, memory was slipping!
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:51 pm

According to Graham Arnold 24 S3s had red interiors. I believe that they were made very late on in the S3 production run and that some (all?) have S4 features as well, such as rear lights and rocker switches. As I don't have the VINs for these cars, I'm not sure if they were S3 SS variants or not.

However, it is alleged that some export S2s were available with red interiors (some say 6 cars). I have heard that there are price lists indicating the same, but never seen one. I wonder if they were dealer, as opposed to factory, options?

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:06 pm

I have an Autocar article from May 1980 of an early S3 coupe with a red interior. Also know a local guy with white S2 with red interior.

Wire Wheel in Fla has one for sale as well - http://www.wirewheel.com/1966-Lotus-Elan-S2.html
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PostPost by: Mikemitch » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:30 pm

Glad you received them okay!
I sold them to you.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:57 am

Mike! Welcome to the forum! The seats have arrived in the UK, but unfortunately I'm overseas, a friend sent the photo. Post some photos of your car(s) when you have a mo. :D
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:40 am

terryp wrote:Wasn't this for the Elan S3,5?
There was a crashed one in Canada for sale on here a couple of years ago

Great seats Rob, where are you going to put them?

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Put them in??? Errr....err...I dunno...really!
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