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Picture of +2 in Pistachio Lime Green

PostPost by: hastu » Wed Apr 20, 2022 4:03 pm

I buyed a +2 S130 in Parts. Unfortunately the preowner startet to paint it in BRG.
On the inner side of the Roof its written "Pistachio Sil Top".
So i would like to bring the car back to his original Color. In the Internet i found only one Picture of the Car in this Colour. I would be happy to get a good Foto in high resolution of a +2 in Pistachio Lime Green with Silver Top.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Wed Apr 20, 2022 4:46 pm

Pistachio Green was not an especially popular colour, even when the cars were new. Very few Plus 2s were produced in Pistachio Green with Silver roof. I also suspect that those few may have been re-sprayed in a different colour in the intervening years.

In it's 1971 Annual Report & Accounts Lotus had a photo of what I assume is a Pistachio & Silver Plus 2, which I attach. The photographic reproduction does not do the colour justice. I say assume because Lotus dallied with a number of different green hues around 1972/73, all of which are tricky to pin down, as not many examples were made. However, since this Annual Report was produced in spring 1972 I hope it is what you are seeking.

I have no doubt that you will have already found plenty of Elans in Pistachio over White and which give you a better idea of the effect the colour has!

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PostPost by: cliveyboy » Sat Apr 30, 2022 7:56 pm

I agree I have not seen many Plus 2 in Pistachio. it is much more popular (and one of my favourite colours) for Elans.
The picture certainly does not do the colour justice.
If you want to have a very distinctive and eye catching car. Pistachio is a good choice.
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PostPost by: hastu » Sun May 01, 2022 6:43 am

This really seems to be a rare color. The picture above I had also already found on the Internet, but unfortunately no nice pictures with high resolution. I would still be happy to receive more pictures of a Pistachio.
The body of my +2 goes tomorrow to the painter, i am of course curious about the result and will post a picture as soon as possible. I
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun May 01, 2022 8:45 am

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PostPost by: hastu » Mon Oct 31, 2022 4:15 pm

Hurra, its done. My +2 is now resprayed in its original Colour Pistachio Lime Green with Silver Flake Top. What a colour!
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PostPost by: berni29 » Mon Oct 31, 2022 4:28 pm

Hi

That is great! Enjoy putting her back together!

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PostPost by: crannyr » Mon Oct 31, 2022 11:04 pm

This Plus 2 continues in its original; Pistachio green. Now has a FI 1800 cc twincam, daily driver. same owner for 50 years.
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Tue Nov 01, 2022 1:53 pm

Nice little Lotus garage you have there cranny :)
Pardon the thread drift but how did you get your 1800cc?
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PostPost by: PeteD » Mon Nov 07, 2022 9:48 pm

Andy from Lotus Heritage informs me that 10% of Plus 2’s after 1970 left the factory painted in Pistachio !! Beautiful colour on this car and really current again.
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