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Just wondering about the LOTUS letters on the 918 engine: my 1999 Esprit V8 has the letters painted in red, as is also shown on the actual Lotus Spec sheet for customers. But I have seen plenty of engines with the LOTUS letters un-painted with just the aluminum look. Does anyone know when Lotus started / stopped painting the letters, or on which years??





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I thought they all were painted and it's individuals who choose to have them polished ?

It is possible, but I have seen so many with un-painted letters, I doubt that every owner has done that. I am wondering if the Lotus factory polished them on certain years?? Perhaps the 918 letters started as polished in 1996, and then became too costly for the factory to do, so they just painted the whole lump?

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Mine's a 1996 with the original paint still on, letters are painted over.

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Vanya Stanisavljevic '91 Esprit SE | '97 XK8

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Hmmmmm....So no real rhyme or reason so far on polished vs painted letters......

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Mine is a 1996 V8 and it has unpainted letters. Hope this helps!




Here is a 1996 with unpainted letters though.....

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