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My Lotus 16 Collection (So Far)

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#21 mattcrackers

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:31 PM

Yes John, this is one of the 'Big Head' versions of the Lotus 16's. Have a few of the Type 1 and Type 2's but only one of the Type 3 with the chrome wheels and even that one isn't complete as it has 2 different coloured halves, every now and again I pick up one off ebay which isn't as described. Still looking out for the elusive dark green Aussie made one but they seem to be going for around $175.00 at the moment on Ebay, should really offload a couple of the Aussie light blue ones I have already but they seem to be 'stuck' in the collection, haha.
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Posted 16 October 2018 - 02:30 PM

Picked up another boxed Lotus 16 for the collection, Made in England.

The car is complete and box in good nick but it is missing the insert.

I did replace the rear deteriorated tyres with original replacements.

It's a different shade of dark blue and in very good nick compared to the one I already have.



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Posted 16 October 2018 - 02:45 PM

Cool but those tractor tires??
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#24 mattcrackers

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Posted 16 October 2018 - 05:11 PM

Haha,

But that's what comes with the cars John.

The rears were all cracked and wonky, had to go.

It seems most times I pick these up the rears are different, either the 'tractor tyres' like above or the ones in the pic below.

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 03:50 AM

You could repop those smooth ones in urethane and have a lifetime supply.
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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:32 AM

Good to see you sticking with the tractor tyres, like the originals.
Great collection.
I recently got my hands on a dark green Aussie version,but not in great condition. But had to have it as it was the same as one I had back in the sixties.
So far I have managed to source most of what I had back then.Just need a Big Head Yellow Lotus.
Original cars were 3 Lotus,2 Typhoons and an Aston.
I only have one Typhoon but did pick up a Hurricane to run with it.
I wonder just what is still out there forgotten.

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#27 mattcrackers

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 09:25 AM

View Postmunter, on 17 October 2018 - 03:50 AM, said:

You could repop those smooth ones in urethane and have a lifetime supply.

I do have a supply of Urethane tractor tyres at home here John, a mate made them here in WA some time back.

Out ot the four different types of tyres I've purchased these one's seem the best, it's like the cars have magnets in them on the home Scalextric track unlike the others.

One thing I haven't tried in this hobby yet is making tyres, one day I'll try though as I have needed quite a few different tyres lately for the older cars I've been restoring.

If you know of anyone who can repop the smooth ones for me point me in the right direction please.


I reckon there would be plenty of the cars I'm out there in peoples Homes/Garages/sheds/attics etc that have been forgotten Phil.

The Dark green Type 2 Aussie version is the one that doesn't seem to pop up that often, still chasing one.

I've seen plenty of the Yellow, Blue and Red versions but not the Green.

The Yellow Big Head versions pop up every now and again, still looking for a 'complete' one as my 2 have broken motor mounts.

Even saw a Dark Blue Type 2 Made in Aus/NZ sell on Ebay a week or two ago for $585.00, someone really wanted that one.

I still don't have any of the Type 1 'Big Head' made in Australia Lotus 16's either, or the French, or that Dark Green one lol.

I'd really like to get one of each colour from the countries they are made in, but there seem to be more than just the four colours.


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Posted 20 December 2018 - 07:35 PM

Picked up a couple more Lotus 16's to add to the collection which were high on my wish list.

These are the 'Big Head' Type 1 versions, both made in Aus/NZ.

Buying off Ebay you're never sure what they'll be like until they turn up.

The pics on Ebay weren't the best but the price was right, actually a steal at $30 ea.

These 2 had the mirrors and carby's intact which was a good start.

They were a little on the dirty side and needed a little TLC, one more than the other.

Both cars had the motors removed and were given a clean with warm soapy water.

I replaced the broken windshield on the Apple Green one with another original one I had.

Here they are before the cleaning process.

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And after a clean.

Both motors cleaned up surprising well and ran when re-assembled, bonus.

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First Type 1 Aus/NZ Lotus 16's for the collection.

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 06:30 AM

Nice find Matt especially the rare apple green one .

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 07:39 AM

Yeah was a pleasant surprise when it turned up although I did think it was dark green when I purchased it from the photo on Ebay.

I know the Apple Green is supposed to be the rarer colour but I now have both Type 1 and Type 2 in the Aus/NZ Apple green, but no dark green...yet.

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 09:51 AM

Had another Lotus 16 delivered yesterday.

This is another Type 1 (Big Head) Lotus 16 Made in Aus/Nz.

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After the clean up.

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Everything was intact and the motor is in great condition, looked pretty much unused.

The brown spots are hard to remove but I have 'lightened' them somewhat.

Another for the collection that I didn't have.

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