Photographs of the factory and the employees

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Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Wed 27.04.2011, 21:17

I'll add a few Photographs here to get the ball rolling.

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Wed 27.04.2011, 22:02

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Sun 15.05.2011, 13:02

Here's a Photo of the last SE coming off the production... I've blocked out the car and cropped the picture

Here are the boys for a final photo as the production line is about to fall silent.

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby clemo » Sun 15.05.2011, 16:04

dave what is the sticker detailing on the smaller pic of brit with the nice s2 blue wheels on?
and what is the reg plates on he final 2 se's on the last pictures?
also the seats on the matt black are not the loop headrests from mk2 cavaliers as on most prototype cars..
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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Monty » Sun 15.05.2011, 16:09

Great to see the old photos :clap:
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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Sun 15.05.2011, 16:55

clemo wrote:dave what is the sticker detailing on the smaller pic of brit with the nice s2 blue wheels on?
and what is the reg plates on he final 2 se's on the last pictures?
also the seats on the matt black are not the loop headrests from mk2 cavaliers as on most prototype cars..


I'll upload another picture, it's not as good but will show the "50,000th" badge

I've doctored the Picture above as I have the original, the last Elan is on the production line behind them.

Those two cars were a few from the end of the run and were not registered as they had only just left the line.

The matt black car was made of clay and the paint was still wet when the picture was taken.

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Sun 15.05.2011, 17:16

Wagons Roll!!!

and no Clemo, I don't know the Regs... :wink:

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Sun 15.05.2011, 17:47

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Sy V » Fri 12.08.2011, 07:41

Nice to see that Lotus (in the shot of the white car) had already started to address the leaking roof syndrome (this picture and the black clay model are in the 'bible' of course.
I've seen a monochrome version of the picture with the two blue cars. Wasn't it taken at some dockyard while the cars awaited shipping across the channel for the trip to Italy? I think I saw it in one of the many magazine articles.
They're also wearing pre-production hoods without our infamous extruded seals!
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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Mon 28.11.2011, 19:34

Just undertaking a bit of eBay surfing this evening and came across this little bezzler.... :shock:

This photograph must be a bit of gold dust, as you can see..... these cars are the mules...Toyota lights etc....

So time it's time for me to get my bidding head on, If I win the auction I'll post the full photo as soon as I can.

Anyone Know a Dave in Ipswich :lol:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270862168920#ht_500wt_1357

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby tb10 » Mon 28.11.2011, 20:29

Does anyone know the number of the Elan that was given to the Princes Trust?

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Mon 28.11.2011, 20:39

What Number would you like?

chassis, Reg, Build,

I can find out if you so desire?

It must be squirreled away somewhere...

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby tb10 » Mon 28.11.2011, 20:44

Specky wrote:What Number would you like?

chassis, Reg, Build,

I can find out if you so desire?

It must be squirreled away somewhere...

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Just curious as I have No 711 which is almost the same colour but I know mine was originally from Bell and Colvill.....

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Mon 28.11.2011, 21:15

May be these details might help you.

Lotus produced its 50,000th car in March, and in celebration donated the car, an Elan S2, to Prince Charles' Princes Trust charity. With the help of former Lotus driver and film star, Britt Ekland, and an English newspaper, the Elan S2 raised £65,000. Production of the limited edition S2 ceased in August 1995.

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Wed 07.12.2011, 20:16

Specky wrote:Just undertaking a bit of eBay surfing this evening and came across this little bezzler.... :shock:

This photograph must be a bit of gold dust, as you can see..... these cars are the mules...Toyota lights etc....

So time it's time for me to get my bidding head on, If I win the auction I'll post the full photo as soon as I can.

Anyone Know a Dave in Ipswich :lol:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270862168920#ht_500wt_1357

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I received the photograph today and I've now got the full picture under scrutiny, there are 11 cars in the photograph.... and I've left my copy of the bible at work :banghead:

Also I need your help please, could you put on your Sherlock Holmes heads and try to work out what cars they are, and see if you agree or disagree or could add even more information?

working from front right backwards :-

Vulcan Grey Car 459 LHD Euro Turbo B227YMH General local evaluation, hood seal work Canada.
Crash test yellow Car 463 LHD..............
Red Car 501 RHD N/A F269DNG Ride/handling, power steering development
Red Car 461 LHD US Turbo Major GM durability test at Milbrook, US Standard
Crash test yellow Car 462 LHD US Turbo US Crash test car
Black Car 503 LHD Euro Turbo A310ANH Major durability test, European standard

Middle backwards

silver Car 457 RHD UK Turbo C93 NCA Reference car for in-house "ride and drive", legal work
Green RHD.... Either car 451 or car 455
Green Either car 451,452 or 455
Blue possibly car 454 or car 453

Left corner

Pac Blue Car 454 LHD US TURBO. D517TYS General development, Artic circle

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Wed 07.12.2011, 22:32

Small update,

There's a period photographic label on the back with a reference number.... And the company is still in business, I'll let you know if the trail goes cold or warms up a treat.

Here's hoping....

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Rambo » Thu 08.12.2011, 09:07

Specky wrote: Also I need your help please, could you put on your Sherlock Holmes heads and try to work out what cars they are, and see if you agree or disagree or could add even more information?


They look like M100's to me Dave ;-)

What are all those black circles on the photo ? The photo I saw on E-Bay didn't have them from memory.

PS I think I helped push the price up for a certain "Dave from Ipswich" :oops:
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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Thu 08.12.2011, 18:39

Cheers Rambo,

M100's they are then ;-)

It doesn't matter about pushing the price up, I know who most are, but to tell the truth no one was anywhere close to my max bid and It wasn't the Dave from Ipswich I thought it was. :?

The black circles are to prevent first class reproduction as it's a fairly high Rez scan, several cars have minor alertations as well. One day in the future I aim to put all the photographs into print together.

As for an update on the actual photograph in question, the original company has sold the rights to someone else. I must make contact with them to see where the story ends up.

I now have my copy of the bible, so it's time to do some reading over the weekend.

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Tue 10.01.2012, 20:33

Aother one of the pre productions photographs appeared on Ebay last night.

I'll try and work out which cars these are....... :shock:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-ELAN-M1 ... 3f1243ca64

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Re: Photographs of the factory and the employees

Postby Specky » Mon 23.01.2012, 19:41

I don't have access to a computer but here's another.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0898880307

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