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Waht is this? Anything special?

PostPost by: elansprint71 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 6:43 pm

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:01 pm

Special paint...
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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:58 pm

Can't say I've ever heard of a limited run of 200 turquoise Plus 2's!

Only thing I could suggest would be it used to be a JPS but then there wasn't 200 of those either. More like 85.

The ad makes a spurious claim imho

Interesting all the same though

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PostPost by: wotsisname » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:48 am

My read of the ad was that the run of 200 was for 5spd, sunroof & BV engine... so my question would be how many +2S/130 were built ? did any leave the factory with a sunroof (or was this a dealer fit)... or is this "limited edition" spurious as you say ?
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:28 am

Looks like a pretty standard 1974 Plus2S / 130 5 with a dealer fitted or after market sunroof and non standard paint colour.

All Lotus are "limited edition" and maybe 200 5 speeds were made in 1974?? but not really a limited edition of any sort. The claim sounds like typical dealer sales spiel to the uninitiated..

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:39 pm

I agree, this is a spurious claim. We would know about any such special editions by now. I've never heard of these.

I have got the total number of Plus 2S 130 Elans made but am currently abroad and have no access to my records.

Sunroofs were never fitted by the factory but by dealers or importers.

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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:35 pm

Champagne interior? Never heard of that. If the dealer had said Oatmeal, then I might think he knew waht he was selling. Just as well he didn't say original leather interior like most do.
Anyone wnant to contact them and find out what the POA is?
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PostPost by: Roy Gillett » Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:56 pm

trw99 wrote:I agree, this is a spurious claim. We would know about any such special editions by now. I've never heard of these.

I have got the total number of Plus 2S 130 Elans made but am currently abroad and have no access to my records.

Sunroofs were never fitted by the factory but by dealers or importers.

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Hi Tim,

"Never" is a dangerous word to use where Lotuses are concerned! My +2 S130 was first run as a Lotus company car by Richard Morley who was Managing Director at the time. I have made contact with Richard over the past few years and am delighted to say he has been reunited with the car and enjoyed a quick drive in it again after 40+ years.

My car has a sunroof but I have it on first hand authority that it was fitted by the factory for Richard as he used the car for a trip to Portugal while he ran it (and we all know how warm it can get in a +2 cabin in hot weather).

I guess you can tell it was an original factory fitment - its not in very straight!!
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:19 pm

Nice NSX.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:24 pm

Mazzini wrote:Nice NSX.


I noticed it too! Always wanted one but their prices remain way too high for me to consider. Just as well; I'm at maximum toy-capacity already anyway.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:21 pm

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Almost certainly not fitted by the factory then!

In fact, I'd be fairly sure the Service Garage at Hethel would have fitted it. That was, to split hairs, a separate operation to the production line!

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PostPost by: Roy Gillett » Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:57 pm

trw99 wrote:Roy

Almost certainly not fitted by the factory then!

In fact, I'd be fairly sure the Service Garage at Hethel would have fitted it. That was, to split hairs, a separate operation to the production line!

Tim



I will check back with Richard, Tim; but the way he described it to me was that he got the factory to put a sunroof in. Though I concede it would not have been fitted 'on the production line' as part of the build process.

Thanks for the nice comments on the Honda. They really are astonishing machines, but built on Lotus principles - light, performance from low weight rather than brute force and awesome roadholding.

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