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1974 Lotus Color Chart...

PostPost by: pharriso » Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:12 pm

This document is currently for sale on eBay & has to be one of the most useless documents ever printed!
LOTUS Elan +2 S130_EUROPA SPECIAL FACTORY COLOUR CHART 1974 RARE _ eBay.jpg and


Some colours I have not heard of before, but why are there no colour samples :roll:
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:07 am

I believe the Canadian Green is the two green stripes over white for Canadian race cars.
Wonder if they are all race colours?
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:31 am

h20hamelan wrote:Wonder if they are all race colours?


The model range in '74 was Europa Twin Cam & Elan Plus 2 S130, never heard of a race car in Roman Purple.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:35 pm

I'm almost afraid to ask what Burmese brown looks like.
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:38 pm

No kidding! Yet another variant of Stay Around Brown perhaps? :D A colour chart without colours is pretty unique.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:47 pm

It made me think of a BMW motorcycle colour from the early '70s called 'Havana gold' that in reality was just shit-brown.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:50 pm

Same as Tawny Brown?
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PostPost by: JimE » Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:57 pm

My Tawny Metallic Sprint is down as bronze on the logbook. Chart doesn't mention Tawny or Lagoon Blue. Jim
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:34 am

Colours available in 1974, as far as I know:

L16 Ford Tawny Oct 72 - Jan 74
L19 Sable Oct 72 - NK
L21 Purple Oct 73 - NK
L22 Bitter Green Oct 73 - NK (became L28 Canadian Green in 74)
L23 Sepia Brown Oct 73 - Mar 74
L24 Firecracker Oct 73 - Jan 74
L25 Monaco White Oct 73 - NK
L26 Olympic Blue Oct 73 - NK
NA Laurel Green 73 - 74

Others from this card:

Polar Black - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L15 Gloss Black?
L07 Lotus Yellow Still going strong from mid 67
Burmese Brown - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L23 Sepia Brown or L27 Rover Brown?
Scandinavian Blue - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L12 Lagoon Blue?

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:12 pm

pharriso wrote:
h20hamelan wrote:Wonder if they are all race colours?


The model range in '74 was Europa Twin Cam & Elan Plus 2 S130, never heard of a race car in Roman Purple.


Wondered if they were countries whom Lotus was selling cars to, with a designated colour. Canada got Green appropriately.
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PostPost by: JimE » Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:55 pm

trw99 wrote:Colours available in 1974, as far as I know:

L16 Ford Tawny Oct 72 - Jan 74
L19 Sable Oct 72 - NK
L21 Purple Oct 73 - NK
L22 Bitter Green Oct 73 - NK (became L28 Canadian Green in 74)
L23 Sepia Brown Oct 73 - Mar 74
L24 Firecracker Oct 73 - Jan 74
L25 Monaco White Oct 73 - NK
L26 Olympic Blue Oct 73 - NK
NA Laurel Green 73 - 74

Others from this card:

Polar Black - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L15 Gloss Black?
L07 Lotus Yellow Still going strong from mid 67
Burmese Brown - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L23 Sepia Brown or L27 Rover Brown?
Scandinavian Blue - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L12 Lagoon Blue?

Tim

Tim - no Lagoon Blue? My Special made in March 75 is that colour and left the factory that way. Jim
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:20 pm

trw99 wrote:Colours available in 1974, as far as I know:

L16 Ford Tawny Oct 72 - Jan 74
L19 Sable Oct 72 - NK
L21 Purple Oct 73 - NK
L22 Bitter Green Oct 73 - NK (became L28 Canadian Green in 74)
L23 Sepia Brown Oct 73 - Mar 74
L24 Firecracker Oct 73 - Jan 74
L25 Monaco White Oct 73 - NK
L26 Olympic Blue Oct 73 - NK
NA Laurel Green 73 - 74

Others from this card:

Polar Black - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L15 Gloss Black?
L07 Lotus Yellow Still going strong from mid 67
Burmese Brown - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L23 Sepia Brown or L27 Rover Brown?
Scandinavian Blue - Not on any Lotus paint list I have seen from the factory; perhaps the same as L12 Lagoon Blue?

Tim


I thought Scandinavian Blue was a species of parrot?
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PostPost by: Davefettback » Fri Mar 05, 2021 3:07 am

Paint codes for all years
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PostPost by: hamm61 » Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:29 am

I have a +2 in Bitter green lo22, it looks fantastic
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