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Researching a car's history
Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:21 PM
When I bought it there was little in the way of paperwork, mostly just the current MOT and some receipts for very recent work. The owner's handbook does contain some interesting insights into the service schedule for the first few years but other than it's definitely for an S2 I couldn't say for certain it's for mine.
I've got a certificate from Lotus based on it's VIN that tells quite a bit about the origins.
Originally it was gold, and now it's yellow. As I strip back some of the paint (badly done) I can see layers of blue and then the gold.
I'd love to fill in the gaps and find out it's life, how could I go about this?
Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:49 PM
Be warned though, they are not fast - I submitted my request March 2nd and not a word since - 6 weeks is not uncommon. It will be fascinating to find out though - sort of "Who do you think you are?" for a car.
On the paint - you might be seeing undercoats or barrier layers as well as the principal colours.
The above is how I understand it but from recent experience, I am sure someone else will know more than me about the subject.
Edited by allgoodpeter, 02 April 2012 - 03:50 PM.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:35 PM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:05 PM
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:59 PM
So far I've found it went from blue to yellow 11th August 1996, now I need to figure out when it went from gold to blue before that.
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