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I have an Esprit which used be Roman Bronze but now is white (popular colour) but I am thinking of returning it to its orignal spec - there are none left. When I googled the colour an Elite came up. Does anyone have a Roman Bronze car in your community?

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I've yet to see a great photo of a Roman Bronze car. I like the colour.

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My S1 was chestnut brown, but when it got resprayed it ended up a tad lighter, with a metallic effect in the paint.  I think it looks great.  

 

Right now it is in pieces - I'm finishing off an engine rebuild and chassis swap.  After a 4 months abroad, I'm back on the job and hope to finish in a month or so.  Then I'll probably have to sell it because I'm moving.

 

 

The only oddity with it is it's had a nose replacement at some time in the past.

 

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/110688590824613490459/albums/6153141173626959249

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Thank everyone for your responses - this rely is great forum compared to some I am a member of! I am in touch with the US owners who have given me an updated paint code. Still hoping someone has a whole car somewhere!


My S1 was chestnut brown, but when it got resprayed it ended up a tad lighter, with a metallic effect in the paint.  I think it looks great.  

 

Right now it is in pieces - I'm finishing off an engine rebuild and chassis swap.  After a 4 months abroad, I'm back on the job and hope to finish in a month or so.  Then I'll probably have to sell it because I'm moving.

 

 

The only oddity with it is it's had a nose replacement at some time in the past.

 

 

https://plus.google.com/photos/110688590824613490459/albums/6153141173626959249

Herc - many thanks, love to pop down and see it sometime.

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Roman Bronze with brown chequered seats would be cool. S1 espirts are sooo cool and white is a bit passe. In my humble opinion you don't change the colour of a car from the original unless you will keep it forever! but that is just my personal opinion.

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Roman Bronze mettalic was a Ford colour of the 1970s. a personal favourite of mine.

 

There were a few different shades which seemed dependent on if the cars were European or British built.

 

I have owned in the past a 1973 Cortina (Mid shade), a 1976 Capri (Pale), and an 1980 Escort2 (Dark) all were colour coded Roman Bronze.

I have to say that the Liverpool built Escort had the deepest most vibrant colour.

 

One thing that may affect the final colour shade of a modern version of this paint is that in the 1970s there were few if any base coat and lacquer systems around, the metallic paint came ready mixed as I remember.

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Good point, paints were so shonky back then it's not worth getting hung up on colour codes. Just get a mix you like that's in keeping with the shade. When I did my Eclat it was painted in BMW Alpine white rather than Lotus Monaco white and looked better for it IMHO.

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Very, very valid point.

 

Carnival Red is the original colour of my car. I will be having a respray before I put it back on the road but not the engine bay so to keep it right an alternative has to be close.

 

Now I find Carnival Red to be all right but it lacks something which I just can not quite put my finger on.

 

I drive my wife nuts when out shopping stopping at every red car I see in Tescos car park to find a close match that has that something but not radically different.

 

Mazda have a great colour red and also VW on their latest Beetle. The VW one might be a little too bright.

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It's a shame you have to match the engine bay as a brighter red looks wonderful on Elites, the VW ones look nice.

 

If you need to change there is not too much to remove to paint the bay area. The fluid tanks unbolt easy and the brake lines/wires can move out of the way. My Eclat went from green to white no problem, if yours is red on red any little gaps will be barely noticeable (and covered with oil in a couple of years anyway!)

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