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Lotus Certificate of Provenance

PostPost by: nmauduit » Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:40 am

It was recently brought to my attention that the price of the Lotus Certificate of Provenance would have sky rocketed to a hefty 170£ (VAT included) plus postage, while it was 44 last year iirc... If I'm not mistaken, this service was once free, I figure in fair retribution to the courage and dedication of whomever that would embark on the perilous journey of keeping a Lotus on the road.

https://www.lotuscars.com/fr-FR/certificate-provenance/

The example is shown on a modern car, can anyone confirm if that also applies to first generation elans ?

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:33 am

Yes it has gone up but I believe it’s also now a collectors pack with other extras, such as cuff links, etc

Needs investigation as to whether it’s one price or various optional items.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:41 am

Details are listed here - https://www.lotuscars.com/lotus-launches-new-certificate-of-provenance-programme/?fbclid=IwAR0luXHCaMfkHy0sH3zIY_R573fQMI3lPAh5IHFSoZ123M-AYIngLFVtfOI

Frankly the price is rediculous given the sparse information available on older models such as our Elans.
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:21 pm

Wow! That is a big increase.

On the positive side, that would just about buy you a ristretto with Ferrari Classiche!

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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:06 pm

Are Lotus really that desperate for money or does the archive department now have to be self funding?

Not sure they’ll sell many.
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PostPost by: SENC » Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:06 pm

Well, it is printed on premium paper!
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PostPost by: Chrispy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:04 am

pharriso wrote:Details are listed here - https://www.lotuscars.com/lotus-launches-new-certificate-of-provenance-programme/?fbclid=IwAR0luXHCaMfkHy0sH3zIY_R573fQMI3lPAh5IHFSoZ123M-AYIngLFVtfOI

Frankly the price is rediculous given the sparse information available on older models such as our Elans.


Yep! Mine pretty much said that the car was a kit and sold. Don't know what colour, don't know what trim :lol:
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:08 am

talk about gilding the lilly... to justify the price with unless trinkets worth tuppence!
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:09 am

elanfan1 wrote:Not sure they’ll sell many.


the problem is that in some countries such a certificate is necessary to licence an imported car : what could have just been a ridiculous marketting attempt then becomes a despicable ploy to pump out money from the ones who contribute most to the brand, those who keep the cars on the road...
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PostPost by: Lyn7 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 7:28 am

You are quite right . I live in France and without the right piece of paper you will fail to register a vehicle. I had an old but low mileage Vauxhall Astra that we were fond of and Vauxhall wanted £200.00 just for an A4 piece of paper. I sold that car. I have heard of other companies charging up to £400.00 for the same piece of paper. Trailer companies especially. This deal from Lotus is actually quite good value for money in comparison. They're all pirates in my opinion :lol:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:03 am

It actually helped me get a title for my Coupe, here in the States. This is probably Lotus' attempt to
play with the big boys. What does a COA cost from Porsche, or Ferrari?
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:44 am

Glad I got mine while Andy was still signing them and they were a lot less expensive!

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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:13 pm

Well I’m on the other side of the fence, I already have just the three pieces of paper for my three Lotus but I’m going to go on and get the very slick packet that is now available. Gordon sour
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PostPost by: TBG » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:31 pm

I don't need a bit of paper. Mine is the garage and mine all mine I tell you!! :shock: :shock:
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:42 pm

[quote="TBG"]I don't need a bit of paper. Mine is the garage and mine all mine I tell you!! :shock: :shock:[/quote]

Demonstrating precisely why you need a piece of paper, dear chap!

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