Paint Colour Codes
Below are the standard Elan colours available when new.
Often, the paint colour code for your Elan can be found on the VIN plate located in the engine bay, although it seems that not all cars have the colour code present.
- ‘A’ prefix paint codes are used for cars finished in ICI 2K two pack acrylic polyurethane paint introduced around 1977.
- ‘B’ codes indicate DuPont basecoat/clear acrylic enamel paint introduced during 1991, with water based paints being phased in during 1997.
The paint code number is often stamped in the lower left corner of the vehicle identification plate fixed to the wheelarch in the front engine compartment, if your car does not have this code present, Lotus Customer Service (01953 6080000) will be able to tell you the colour code if you quote your VIN in full.
These words of wisdom were proffered by SyV on LEC on 31 March 2005 about a NMY car:
It's Norfolk Mustard and the paint code is...
The paint code is stamped in the lower left corner of the VIN plate on earlier cars, and is printed on the VIN plate of later cars, located either beside the bonnet striker plate or in the left-hand front wheelarch. An "option code" may also be included. The paint code identifies the type and colour of paint used in manufacture, and should be referred to before commencing any paint repairs.
Pre-June 1991, all cars were painted using ICI 2-pack acrylic polyurethane materials, including a P240 (mono) or P421 (metallic) hardened colour coat. On top of all this, a clear coat of laquer is sprayed on, followed by flattening and polishing.
From June 1991 (VIN: M 8080,8082,8083,8086,8091,8100,8103 to 8107 and 8110 onwards), all cars use a Du-Pont basecoat and clear acrylic enamel paint system.
'A' prefixed paint code = ICI paint
'B' prefixed paint code = Du-Pont paint...ICI
ICI part P420WD55
Lotus Part A100B6192V
Du-Pont part ABN9144
Lotus Part A100B6237V
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