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I am trying to ascertain the factory colour code for a recently purchased Elite.

The Unit number of the car is 76/120474B.

Engine number is N7761013299

I am in Australia.

There is a "code" hand-engraved (not stamped) on the ID plate on the inside RH wheel arch.

It is very difficult to actually make out what is engraved. The car is orange in colour. The  code engraved could be any of the following depending how much you squint your eyes:

I005 (as in "eye" 005)

IL05

2765

The sources I have looked at indicate that L05 is a red colour (Carnival Red) rather than orange. The car was repainted in the mid 90's but the clearly original paint in the door shuts and other places look the same as the "new" paint.

T's a bit of a mystery really. Can anybody shed any light on the issue?

TIA...........David

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youre right L05 is carnival red..........

however if they re-painted it in the later calypso red it is likely that its faded......(on the M100 we called it Calapso Red.....due to its fading)

possible???.....dont know

the Orange colour of the day was Colorado Orange.....code L14

do you have any pics????


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This is not my car but it does show the same colour

https://bringatrailer.com/2014/04/14/seller-submission-1978-lotus-503-elite-type-75/

Here is another one the same colour.......almost

http://www.autoforum.cz/fascinace/lotus-elite-type-75-britove-to-zkouseli-i-s-luxusem-neuspeli/obrazek/19

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looks like carnival red to me.......:thumbsup:


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Carnival red is RED

Calypso is orange/red like Gold Leaf cars


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David, I have number 76120472B  Elite 502 in IL05 which is I presume actually L05 and is Carnival Red. There was a group of 6 cars imported at same time I believe. My car has also been repainted, and needs one now too really. The picture makes it look much better than it is.

However, my engine block is from a Jensen Healy, so it must have had a terminal failure some time.

But, it is definitely not orange!

cheers, Clive

 

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Clive,

 

thanks for the confirmation that IL05 actually exists as a paint code. Like you I think it probably should be just L05 Carnival Red.

Do I see Tasmanian number plates on your car? I am located just outside Melbourne and my car resided in Williamstown (Melbourne suburb by the sea) from 1992 until I purchased it late last year as a partially completed project car for $500, which was probably $500 too much given the amount I will now spend on it. The owner changed the timing belt after it had been sitting by the sea for 23 years. He cranked it over and a piston hit a stuck exhaust valve in #4 cylinder. I have the engine out and will refresh it fully.

It joins our Type14 Elite, S1 Seven Climax, Elan +2 and Type 111 S1 Elise with Honda K20 power ! 

We are also into MGs, I race an MGB and in 2017 we dove our MGB GT from Bangkok to Iran along the Silk Roasd in company with seven other MGBs en-route to Abingdon UK. I crashed my car in northern Iran but shipped it back and have just finished repairing it. We intend shipping it to the UK later this year for a return journey from Abingdon to Melbourne via Russia and so on.

Is your car parked in Tassie ?

Cheers...........David

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I bought it from a guy in Hobart, promptly drove it back to Sydney. Had a problem with alternator, but got home a day late, surviving a 38deg day on the Hume Hwy. It is now on historic NSW plates. I too paid too much given what I had to fix, but not as expensive as yours by the sound of it.

Sounds like yours has given you some unwanted adventures!

 

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Clive,

the paint will cost $2500, cost of car $500, engine...........perhaps $1000 ( I do all my own work), another $2000 for unknowns............say $6000 all up. It will be a nice car for the price. Even if it blows out by 50% it is still a low cost classic Lotus.

David

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Not yet, I will take some when it returns from the paint shop and post them. I'm not big on photos...........too busy chasing my tail !

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That colour looks spectacular!

looking forward to the pic’s when it’s assembled and out in natural light

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Looks great ,  good luck on the engine rebuild,  and look forward to some pics when all the bits go back on the body :thumbup:


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