Lotus Elan

Chassis number

PostPost by: michael berg » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:47 pm

Hi fellow Lotus men ,

I hope you can help me regarding the chassis number on my 1971 Elan+2 .
It has a rather strange number : 7100000516L . Do?s anyone know anything about this chassis number .Or where I can obtain more information on this .

It is fitted with 130 engine and a 4speed gearbox . PO did fit a 5 speed box . It is brown metalic and has not bee painted since it was fabricated in 1971 .

Kind Regards
Michael Berg ,denmark
michael berg
Posts: 2
Joined: 07 Apr 2011

PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:00 am

Hi Michael,

Welcome to the forum.

Have a look here......http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/car_type_by_vin.shtml.......explains how to interpret the chassis number.

Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
Posts: 1676
Joined: 02 Jan 2008
Location: Dorset UK

PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:17 am


Welcome. Your VIN is unusual since it lacks the month and batch numbers - the 71 represents the year, next two numbers the month, next two the batch (1970 & 71 only) followed by the unit number and type letter.

The VINs with no month or batch allocation seem peculiar to a short period in late 1971. For the Sprint, only a small number of Federal cars had the 7100000### allocation on the VIN plate. However this was supplemented by an additional small plate on the door opening which usually had the month of manufacture printed on it.

The L at the end of your VIN indicates that this was a +2S Domestic car. Other +2s in the 05## range were manufactured between July and December 1971. If you write to Andy Graham, the factory archivist, he may have additional information on your car.

User avatar
Coveted Fifth Gear
Coveted Fifth Gear
Posts: 2832
Joined: 31 Dec 2003
Location: Essex/Herts border, UK

PostPost by: michael berg » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:45 pm

THANK YOU for a quick response

I have emailed Andy Graham at Lotus and hope to hear from him soon .
I will poste his feedback when I recive it .

Michael Berg ,Denmark
michael berg
Posts: 2
Joined: 07 Apr 2011

Total Online:

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 12 guests