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S1 & S2 Elan rear number plate light

PostPost by: gino1 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:02 am

Hi all...does anyone have a photo of their rear number plate light they can post as I have one but not sure whether it is correct.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:42 am

IMG_0032.JPG and


I'll see if I can find a more detailed picture.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:19 am

A bit closer.....


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PostPost by: gino1 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:45 pm

Hi Mark,

Thanks....so it appears the one I have is not original :?
I have this one too....

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:29 pm

No, no, that's the later type used as the dashboard lamp on the early cars.

Here's the correct one, good old fifties tin product.

S2 Number plate lamp 125_2393.JPG and
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PostPost by: gino1 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:45 pm

Hi Meg,

That looks like it's of a van ?? :shock:
Are you sure ?

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PostPost by: Maulden7 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:52 pm

Hmmmm ...... I think that Mark is correct, certainly that was the original as fitted to my 1965 S2.

The one shown by QMM looks like an old Austin lamp (but I am probably wrong about that) & I have never seen such a light on any S1 / 2 Elan.

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PostPost by: gino1 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:02 pm

I think Mark is correct too.
Can anyone else shine some light on this :wink:

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PostPost by: Geoffers71 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 6:46 pm

Yep, I agree that Mark is correct. The other one is like the one fitted to my Scimitar.
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PostPost by: types26/36 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:19 pm

Yes I also agree with Mark and it is also the same as the dashboard light......I believe they are Sparto lights.
If I remember correctly the other one shown was a Lucas light fitted on the classic Miini's and a host of other BMC cars of the time.
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PostPost by: bill308 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:10 pm

The service parts lists shows the dash courtesy light for the S1/2/3 and coupe to be the same as the rear number plate lamp on the S1 and S2, part number 036M6275. I believe this is consistent with Mark's posting and is what my S2 was fitted with.

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:21 pm

Surely if it was used originally on the early cars it would have an 026 part number?

In good Lotus tradition everyone is probably right as Lotus probably used both on early car plus maybe others depending on what came to hand on the day

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PostPost by: Tahoe » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:06 pm

Per the Type26register who sells the gasket, it should be exactly the same as the dash light.
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PostPost by: gino1 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:09 am

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the photo and clearing up my doubts.

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PostPost by: Quart Meg Miles » Thu Dec 04, 2014 12:51 pm

Thanks, guys, you've just blown my originality credentials! :cry:

Maybe Len Street fitted it after repairing it, as I deduced, just before I bought in 1969.
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