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  1. Towards the end of last year, I mentioned that my brother’s Maserati Ghibli SS had completed its latest renovation. Anyway, he finally drove it home from the workshop today and here are some photos. It was originally supplied via Bristol Street Motors, Birmingham and I think is 1 of 8 RHD manual SS coupes. It was ordered in this colour with power steering, Powrlok limited slip differential and air-conditioning. The engine is a dry sump all alloy quad cam 4.9 litre V8 developing 335 bhp. The interior is original and hasn’t been restored. I think he paid <£30k when he bought it about 20 years
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  2. Some b&w snaps from a tour round the factory at an open day - my records think the was 1977. I used both b&w film and some colour neg - but the colours ones were not great indoors.
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  3. Essential shopping yesterday ☃️
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  4. This sign should me made mandatory in all public spaces!!
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  5. Greetings from the states everyone. Here is a few shots of my 523 in Red Rocks Park in Colorado. We have sun year round here, so even after a little snow the roads clear. Lots of twisty mountain roads to enjoy.
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  6. I placed my order yesterday Cup250FE Colour: Solid Yellow (would have preferred Solar Yellow, but not an option) Wheels: Black Interior: Silver Pads (would have preferred black but not at £1500 extra). Options: Floor Mats Red Calipers Cruise control Stereo AC Carbon front access Carbon bootlid Penciled for July delivery. Anyone else?
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  7. Not sure drinking a bottle of vodka the night ahead of a 3.5 hour train trip and 3 hour drive home was the best move. But great car. Looking forward to a proper drive in hills tmrw when I am not hanging out my arse 😁
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  8. Out house hunting today lol 😂
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  9. First day of cleaning and driving since buying it. Can’t wait to put some miles on it. Such a pretty car these 😍
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  10. A picture from the factory and 2 from the hyde park parade leading up to the motorshow at earls court in 1975.
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  11. Sorry, I've just come across this thread... Better late than never! I was one of the engineers at Lotus who worked on C875 CCL back in 1987. I designed a twin-display electronic dashboard system to replace the standard binnacle; the prototype was installed into C875 CCL and worked reasonably well. The whole process was documented on a video produced by the Design Council, called "Living By Design". This was part of a series of educational videos made for students of science & engineering. I left Lotus in 1988, no idea what happened to the car - nice to hear it still exists, even
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  13. What do you mean "useless"?
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  14. Since the Evora was launched I always fancied one - and especially with the red (paprika!) interior. 12 years later (last August) I found myself in the position to shop for a car but none of the ones I went to look at with the interior I wanted were the right cars for me. And so, after setting out to get a dark N/A LE with a colourful interior, I ended up with a bright red S with a black interior. Go figure. But, bit by bit I've been getting the car closer to my ideal spec. Luckily it already had the Sports Racer look on the outside (black roof/sills/wheels/splitters etc) so I set about
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  15. First wash and clean of the year. Always looks so good afterwards 😍
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  16. Hi Stephen, yes cant wait. I first showed an interest at 70th at Hethel. Im told im having chassis 1.
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  17. Club Team Lotus open day and evening dinner at the Trust House hotel Norwich 1982. The Esprit outside is the one recently restored by Lotus as it was Chapman’s last company car. The éclat parked under the entrance was driven by Andrew Ferguson. The Team Lotus photos include the recently arrived Renault engines and the first type 93T in the body shop. These photos were taken about 3 weeks before ACBC died. I remember walking past him when he was talking to someone, and my wife said to hang around to get his autograph, but I said I’d wait until next year…. I have scanned and redu
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  18. I have got a lotus 131 on order. I am told it looks very much like 130. Should be a good looking car. Also, possible launch 8th to 11th July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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  19. Added some carbon bits to the 410......430 cup SSC side pods, komo tec side skirts, carbon rear skirts, carbon mirror overlays and genuine lotus 430 cup rear carbon diffuser(hard to see in pic). Still waiting for my 430 cup carbon wing to arrive.
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  20. As promised I've modelled this part and have made it available for free on Thingiverse. You don't need an account or anything to download the STL file. Here's a render of my model: It's very close to the original part. I don't anticipate anyone having any troubles with fitment. I welcome any feedback though. When I've got some more time (after I've done all of my uni assignments!) I'll design a slightly different version that does not require the crude pegs of the original. I think it would be better if clips were integrated into the body so that you just had to push it in
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  21. Just picked up my car from the detailer. Ceramic coating done. Will try grab better pics over the weekend.
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  23. Have found a few colour ones from outside the factory.
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  24. Here’s an update on my car 😁 I really like the new color.
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  25. IT RUNS!!!! Chucked five litres of fuel in it and initially it wouldn't start. Was a bit slow off the mark to realise the fuel inertia switch needed resetting. Once it did start I quickly got up to about 4.5bar on the oil pressure gauge at idle, so I think that's sound. Next problem to solve is that after about a minute of running the idle got really lumpy and then it stalled on me 🤔
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  26. Esprit - always wanted one, just worried trans is to weak to properly use car and it’s to old/fragile for daily use elise/exige - worried the car is a bit to hard core for a daily driver, i still play soccer/football at 50+, worried about getting in the car after a good game. Giulia QV -really liked driving the car, worried about expensive repairs and didn’t need a 4dr sedan. Poor dealer network for a mass market brand evora wasn’t really on my radar, was never a big fan of the early evora’ s. JayEmm’s video’s really peaked my interest on the car as well as pretty much every o
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  27. VID-20210225-WA0000.mp4
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  28. Always nice to see the old stuff. I just took deliver of this magazine this morning, as it was one I didn’t have. The interior of this early Turbo looks exquisite!!😎
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  29. I always like to give a polly coat time to fully cure out, so time is not an issue.. This also is a good time to deal with that dodgy suspension set up . This also saves the risk of damaging the new paint if doing post painting.. So lets delve into the area's on the suspension we have not fully studied jet.. The PO had fitted ProTech adjustable dampers and springs which had not stood the test of time, personally I think the spec fitted was totally wrong choice for the Esprit .. The first observation was the lower damper bush , it had fared better than the AVO ones do , t
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  30. Wheels are done... took three months in total! Thanks to this forum I managed to get the black hat washers too! Not cheap but a great result! These were done by Voodoo wheels - great guys and experts in 3pc wheels. They genuinely moved mountains to figure out the best way to redo the wheels including finding a new supplier to properly machine (not diamond cut) the face of the centres, like originals are. Cost was around £1000 - not bad at all considering the work involved.
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  31. Here's your predicted "my wife's a teacher and she works hard" reply. She's a teacher for special needs children of various disabilities and dependences which is an incredibly demanding job, working many unpaid hours in the evening. Not only dealing with the kids themselves but also their parents and then the politics of teaching that you get with most jobs. To say she works hard would be an understatement. We also have our own child of nursery age and I work shifts without the luxury of being able to work from home during the pandemic so we have to balance the kids being at home situatio
    8 points
  32. Roger! I did indeed order a Cup25FE. Strangely, my existing Sport220 is almost identical to the sport240 Catchpole used. (Blue, Forged Wheels (same ones), alcantara, all the packs, lightweight discs etc). Will be up for sale soon. Cup250 is expected July.
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  33. No, not the chocolate bars sadly. https://www.facebook.com/events/459724078737826/ https://www.livescience.com/perseverance-landing-sequence.html Nothing short of technical brilliance, I'll be watching with much interest this afternoon
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  34. I ended up buying that yellow GT410 Sport. On way to collect now. Had it confirmed was management car not a press car and just used for that Norwich City video (was only yellow one they had available at time). Also confirmed those tyres were original so to get 15.5k miles out of rear cup2s is good going! A few bits to tidy up to make it perfect but at the price (negotiated quite a few £k discount as well as new tyres) its a decent buy I think.
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  35. Hi all, I'm a new future - hopefully - owner from Prague. Expecting delivery of Elise Cup FE in June. My first Lotus, I'm super excited!
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  36. From boring black to Lotus magnificence.
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  37. First wash in 2021 and first wash in six months
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  38. That white Elite is stunning. Don't know if this has been posted.
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  39. Myself and the wife helped out on the day – even had a free snack at lunchtime. Only had time for a brief look round during a lunch break. These are all photos I personally took.
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  40. ***** Some additional perspectives................
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  41. I thought members of this forum would be interested in these, enjoy:
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  42. I still enjoy peoples faces when I park up and I get out, followed by the wife, then a daughter and then a dog 👍😊 I had one bloke shout “is that a f#%king tardis or something” 🤣
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  43. Got the new boy at the weekend - Rummy Major Its a big change from living all your life in kennels to moving into a home with a family (no not me!). Still a bit nervous but we are working to make him feel happy. He certainly is loved. Thanks for all the comments. buddsy
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