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The Sprint colour schemes were Gold Lacquer front and rear bumpers, low gloss black wheels with chrome rimbellishers and either single (mono) colour or colour over white with Elan Sprint sidewinder decals, which were always gold. The under bonnet colour was Matt Black. Additionally, the body strip under the sills was always painted black by the factory to finish off the car.  

During the entire Elan production Lotus tried a series of new and experimental paint finishes; sometimes complete cars were painted in batches by outside contractors and sometimes cars were sold to dealers in primer, which allowed dealers to offer custom colours. Lotus would spray a car any colour the owner fancied. So the standard colours on the Sprint were drawn from the following list, though I acknowledge other colours were used on the S4/Sprints too. Please see here for a full list of colours used by Lotus on Elans and Plus 2s from 1962 to 1974. It includes some modern currently available equivalent paint codes.

Lotus ‘L’ prefix codes indicate nitro-cellulose paint used on the Elan. At the time there were two suppliers to the factory, Pinchin, Johnson and ICI. Pinchin, Johnson was taken over by Courtaulds and merged into their paints division when they bought International Paint. ICI was taken over by Nexa Autocolor.

 

 

Lotus Code

Colour

Pinchin, Johnson Paint Reference

(Lotus part number below)

ICI Paint Reference

(Lotus part number below)

Nexa Autocolor Code

 

Notes

L 04

Cirrus White

PJ 6170X0540

 

A036B6318V

ICI P0309049

9049

As in brochure; as used in Gold Leaf scheme From Oct 62

L 05

Carnival Red

PJ 6170X5350

 

A036B6319V

ICI P0308385

or 9051 

B036B6319V

8385

As in brochure; as used in Gold Leaf scheme From Oct 67

L 07

Lotus Yellow

PJ 6170X3940

 

A036B6321V

ICI P0309547

 

B036B6321V

9547

As in brochure From Oct 67

L 08

Matt Black

PJ 0235X9050RZ

 

A036B6312V

ICI Non Gloss

or Semi-Matt Black 4523

 

Engine bay, boot and underneath only

L 11

Regency Red

PJ 6170Y5960

 

A036B6356V

ICI P0309053

 

B036B6356V

9053

Maroon in brochure From Oct 70

L 12

Lagoon Blue (Metallic)

PJ 6170A1130

 

A036B6357V

ICI P0314339

or 4339M

4339

Metallic Blue in brochure From Oct 70

L 13

Pistachio Lime Green

PJ 6170W2230R1

 

A036B6349V

ICI P0309052

9052

Lime Green in brochure From Oct 70

L 14

Colorado Orange

PJ 6170Z5980RJ

 

A036B6350V

 

ICI P0309055

9055

Light Orange in Brochure. From Oct 69 Discontinued in Oct 72

L 15

Black Gloss

ICI P030122

 

A036B6397V

 

 

Not an “official” Sprint colour. From Sep 72

L 16

Ford Tawny (Metallic)

PJ 6170A4330

 

A036B6399V

ICI P0313626

or 5RD5B

3626

From Oct 72

 

Gold Lacquer

PJ 6170A3130

 

A036B6345V

Talbot Aztec Gold - code 143

or D512B

3460M

Elan Sprint bumpers

 

From my records, the most popular standard original colours were:

First – Lotus Yellow

Second – Carnival Red

Third – Lagoon Blue

Fourth – Colorado Orange

The least popular standard original colours were:

First – White

Second - Regency Red (Maroon)

Third – Pistachio Lime Green

Fourth – Ford Tawny