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#1 gas axe

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 21:16

hi hope somebody can help

i need to know what car lotus fitted (or were going to fit) a red and white lotus badge on?

it looks quite old white surround red center.

wondered if it was off a gold leaf 49 1968 that had black badges was this because jim clark died and the original badge was going to be white and red?

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#2 f1steveuk

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 19:45

I was always told that the black badges were for a short period after a drivers death, but have wondered if it was actually the case? A friend of mine brought a 1970 Europa with a black badge, which he assumed was in memory of Rindt, but is this true??

#3 Stephen W

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 19:51

I'll ask Club Lotus! :wave:

#4 Roger Clark

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 21:08

Originally posted by f1steveuk
I was always told that the black badges were for a short period after a drivers death, but have wondered if it was actually the case? A friend of mine brought a 1970 Europa with a black badge, which he assumed was in memory of Rindt, but is this true??

The black badges were in memory of Jim Clark.

#5 D-Type

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 21:25

Originally the black badges were in memory of Jim Clark. I think they were fitted to the road cars for a year.

Then later during the JPS era, Chapman noticed that they still had several in stock and used them up on the 'special edition' JPS liveried Europas (or so I read somewhere).

The 1970 Europa may have had the wrong badge fitted as a replacement - I have seen a Europa with different badges on either side.

#6 bill moffat

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 12:18

Virtually every "classic" Lotus left the factory in a different spec. depending on what was in the parts bin that day.

Black badges appeared sporadically but particularly in 68/69 after Jimmy's death.

Loti are sometimes advertised at a premium as "limited edition black badge models", this is (of course) cobblers.