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Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:36 pm
by twiggs396
Does anyone know roughly how many of these models are still about in the world?

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:59 pm
by Steve 155C
Did you just buy the one the sold at auction in Sussex?

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:45 pm
by Graham(139)
My car is an SE and I have owned it since 1981. I could be wrong, but I believe that there are around 12 genuine factory-modified cars of the original 65 modified by Lotus that are known to the LCR

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:02 am
by Pete G
Graham(139) wrote:My car is an SE and I have owned it since 1981. I could be wrong, but I believe that there are around 12 genuine factory-modified cars of the original 65 modified by Lotus that are known to the LCR
Rick, is 12 about right?

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:26 pm
by David Baldock
Isn't yours an SE Pete?

Dave B

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:40 pm
by Keith Halstead
David Baldock wrote:Isn't yours an SE Pete?

Dave B
Pete & Don both have one - 25/27 VUR cars.

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:58 pm
by Graham(139)
For sure, I’ve counted both the VUR cars you mentioned and Hiro’s VUR car in Japan - that’s three. Then there is DP’s, ex-AT’s (NAR 364D), ex-DT’s, SS’s, three others that i’ve seen in the past and mine and another that once belonged to a guy (Magivelry)? I met who ran an exhaust company in Caterham back in the early 1980s when I first bought my car (it may have been one of the VUR cars), there could be a few others of course, Rick my have more of an idea I guess.

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:43 pm
by Pete G
Pete & Don both have one - 25/27 VUR cars.[/quote]

Also 26 VUR, Scott's AJT 151B, AEG 156B........

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am
by srrc
Mine's an SE, AYA 794B.
Lotus Components Ltd.2.pdf

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:29 am
by Graham(139)
Fantastic piece of paperwork. Not seen one like it before. Thanks for posting it up

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:34 am
by srrc
And this is what you got!
Lotus Cortina accessories list early 64 001.jpg

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:41 am
by Pete G
srrc wrote:Mine's an SE, AYA 794B.
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I know it is unlikely to be the original but could you check the diameter of your exhaust and how many silencer boxes it has,- nobody seems to know exactly what the spec of the SE exhaust was!

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:56 pm
by Rick
Peter, according to that spec list for the SE there is no mention of a "special exhaust" fitted to SE models

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:39 pm
by Graham(139)
As far as I am aware, SE models were fitted with the same Lotus Cortina exhaust system of cars built in the same year.

With regard to the "Cold Air Duct Fitted with Special Lotus Air Filter" mentioned on the spec sheet, I chatted with Lotus Sales Director Graham Arnold at a Club Lotus meeting way back in 1994 and asked him what that was all about. He told me that it was a design idea that someone at Lotus had for the SE model that was never followed up!

He went on to say that the SE model was conceived by Peter Warr and introduced in order for Lotus Components to boost their income and at the same time have a second bite of PR cherry with road tests.

Re: Mk1 Special Equipment

Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:07 pm
by srrc
Graham
I'd say you are spot on!
My father paid for the car with two cheques dated the same day, one to Lotus Cars (£386 which was the balance after the Zodiac was traded in) and the other to Lotus Components for £95. I still have the cheque book stubs.
I don't know what the relationship was between our main Ford dealer, White's of Taunton, and Lotus, as I understood that the car was ordered through Whites but my father collected from Cheshunt and delivered the Zodiac there.
The next cheque was to Somerset County Council for £15 road tax.