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10 hours ago, exeterjeep said:

Is this the original aerial base - the aerial it probably a short stubby aftermarket one.

There is a discussion on LEC and I wanted to post a pic, and easier here..

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No Justin, that is not the OEM aerial. Certainly for the SE anyway but I see you have an S2. I'm 99% sure it's also not OEM for the S2

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38 minutes ago, jep said:

@exeterjeep did you take the one with yellow wheels home with you? 😃

Only noticed those wheels after I scanned the negs and looked at the images. Made me think of your blue wheels!

The pics must be of the last S2's , mine would have already been registered by the time we went to the factory.

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My aerial is right side - I suspect all RHD cars have a RH aerial??   Justin's aerial base is completely different to our S2 as it has the threaded portion on the base whereas the threaded part is on my aerial - female recepter in the base on the car.

The yellow wheels have been copied more widely since, but AFAIK as an original factory finish was only for the Jim Clark specials and there were just 12 of them.

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Loving Lionel and Eleanor......missing Charlie and Sonny

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Correct about the yellow wheels Mike. They were factory finish and reserved for "Commemorative Edition" cars like the Jim Clark one, painted in metallic Lotus racing green. There were ~12 cars produced in that format from the batch of 800 S2 models, and they had black leather seats with red piping, red door cards, a Nardi steering trimmed with red leather etc. As far as I remember, there was no other external or internal badging to designate it was a "special" or "commemorative" edition. 

I can see how the green and yellow colour scheme works, not sure how the red fits in with it though. Perhaps the designer had a Collapso Red SE at the time and liked the colour 🤣

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10 hours ago, Rambo said:

 

I can see how the green and yellow colour scheme works, not sure how the red fits in with it though. Perhaps the designer had a Collapso Red SE at the time and liked the colour 🤣

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While my S2 wheels are being re-furbished at the wheel specialist in Exeter. Found a few MG alloys and with a bit of centre bore alteration. The rear 16" hairpin and a 17" straight on the front.

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And the other side.... the little blue stripes on the spokes  - apart from not looking like a special edition, tell me which wheels have different centre bore.

The tyres fitted are 205 45 17 as used on the ZR and ZS, for the M100 think the size should be 205 40 17 as the rolling radius is too large.

And of course the offset is 45 on these so they stick out a bit more. But at least the car is mobile.

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S2 wheels are like hen's teeth. I think £1.5- 2k a set, if you can find any 😯

At least you are still mobile whilst your S2 wheels are being refurbishef

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4 minutes ago, Rambo said:

S2 wheels are like hen's teeth. I think £1.5- 2k a set, if you can find any 

There is a set of 4 new rims with new tyres on f/b just east of Norwich for £2k.

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I think I'll sell my 2 sets. I could just about get a bottom end M100 for that 😯

I'd happily go back to the 15" Oz Ruote wheels for that money. Trouble is I've upgraded the calipers front and back to suit the16" S2 wheels. Even the temporary spare doesn't fit now 🤫

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A set of 4 new Lotus Elan M100 wheels purchased some time ago for a restoration project, with 4 new Bridgestone Turanza 205/45/R16 tyres fitted. (The project has been sold with the original wheels fitted) £2000 ovno

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5 hours ago, exeterjeep said:

A set of 4 new Lotus Elan M100 wheels purchased some time ago for a restoration project, with 4 new Bridgestone Turanza 205/45/R16 tyres fitted. (The project has been sold with the original wheels fitted) £2000 ovno

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With new alloys and new rubbers that's probably quite a good price Keith. I've seen some of the EBay cowboys selling a set of refurbished S2 wheels with no rubber for >>£2000 😱

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