Lotus Elite - 315

315

Lotus Elite

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The car features opening doors and a well detailed interior, it also uses paper stickers for some of the detailing, like the rear lights and number plates, and while this is not very durable it actually looks pretty good. The number plates give a nice authenticity - van Cleemput says that 95P, used on the number plate, was also the original planned selling price. It also had a long and complex release history, you will find it in very many finishes, let's try and sort them out.

Corgi released the No.315 Lotus Elite in 1976 retaining it in the range up to 1979 According to the Great Book of Corgi this release was either red or bright yellow , however the red is more of a dark metallic orange/red and you will also see it in metallic golden yellow and silver with black roof. This casting was used in the Lotus Racing Set GS32 also released in 1976 where the car was painted black with gold trim and stickers.

In 1979 it was re-released as number 301 in 'flamboyant' yellow according to the Great Book of Corgi, (with black, red and foil racing stickers, RN7, identical to the later 382 rally version) but some of the catalogues also give 301 in red and shades of silver - I think these are 315 releases which have been misidentified.

It came back a third time in 1983 as 382 in metallic dark blue with silver detailing. It continued after the Mettoy era, post 1983 that is, under model number 382 (C382) which I've only seen to date in the same yellow with the same sticker set as the 301 1979 release.

In terms of value the 315 1976 release is significantly the highest, all colours being about the same value.

The yellow one below is another of Chris Davidson's mint-in-box 1:36 scale collection, being the post 1983 release. The black and gold one is from my JPS Lotus Racing set

Black and gold; Lotus JPS Racing Set  (GS32)

 

Orange/Red (1976 release No.315)

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Yellow, Rally livery, RN7, red, white, silver tampos and stickers (1983 release No.C382, identical to 1979 release No. 301; pictures supplied by Chris Davidson)

   
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