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  1. Now all finished and fully commissioned ready for John to collect tomorrow. FROM THIS TO THIS THEN THIS Well it was quite an involved repair, it took a bit longer to do with other area's being addressed at the same time . A short test drive and MOT , then off to Northampton Motor Sport to be set up with full GEO and corner balancing .. Then full test drive to confirm everything works as it should something to reflect on ... The new composite roof D
    20 points
  2. After having the n/a Sports racer for two years I thought about toying with the idea of moving to a 400, I wanted a manual, quite a few colours that I didn’t want 🙄, and after viewing a car with red leather I decided it wasn’t for me. I realised that I could well be in for a long wait but better than something I wouldn’t be totally happy with. As luck would have it a lovely Blue 400 with just 6k miles came up at Hofmanns, an unaccompanied test drive (due to COVID) confirmed it was for me 😎, the sound of that exhaust is incredible 🤪🤪 Brought it back to the Lake District last week, just cruising on the Motorway back home I’m ashamed to say the average mpg display showed 34.9 mpg 🤫, not sure how accurate that is but I’d be pretty certain that’ll never be repeated again !!! Loving it of course, oh did I mention the exhaust sound 😃
    16 points
  3. After several years of lurking/researching here, I finally started seriously looking at and bidding on S3's last year. Won one on Ebay in December but never managed to actually complete the deal, and then this one popped up locally, a 1987 HC NA, which is my favourite model as well. Much as I always said I'd never own any black car, when I went to look this was just so striking in black with the double red pinstripe that I decided I could make an exception! Overall it is in very good condition with the previous owner looking after it for 18 years, but I've already started making a few tweaks to it since taking delivery couple of weeks ago, and will slowly make a few more minor improvements as well, hopefully in between driving and enjoying it. When things open up again will hopefully meet some other owners in and around London/Kent/Essex. Regards, Paul
    13 points
  4. Thank you gents! It was also a significant day for my other half and I and I'm now engaged
    13 points
  5. Hi all Picked up my baby from Dave today, and was treated to a test drive from him to show me what the cars capable of and boy what a test drive she handles like shes on rails absolutely amazing handling if anyone is toying with the idea of going with this set up fo get them you won't regret it, had fantastic 115 mile return trip she did'nt put a foot out of place. Dave your work is phenomenal my Esprit is now the car i never could have imagined having. Many thanks
    12 points
  6. „Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle has Landed."
    12 points
  7. Set off without my phone so parked across my drive to go in house to get it .. going back to my car with phone in hand I thought "Wow, what a great looking car I drive .." See Page 1 of this thread for it's first appearance ... ..
    11 points
  8. Ive been a member here for a while and an owner of a M100 for around three years. Thought it is about time I introduced myself. in early 2018 I bought M100 IB10 from Lotusman33. One of the first built in 89 and last to leave in 96. I’ve loved my ownership having attended the 70th Lotus event (car represented the model in the one of every model area.), the 30th anniversary of the m100 at Castle Combe. I also packed the car up and drove to and around Italy for 6 weeks in 2019 to celebrate my 50th, 10th wedding anniversary and 30th car birthday. This year I decided to add another Lotus to the garage, a car I’ve adored for over 40 years, an Esprit. Wish I had bought when I was first looking in 96 but the time just wasn’t right. Anyway, few weeks ago I found this S3. Previous owner found it in a barn. It had been stored for 16 years but regularly started, and spent 9 months restoring it. I’m over the moon with my purchase. It’s had a huge amount of work completed but still has a few things I want to improve.
    11 points
  9. I would like to say thankyou to @Djs44 for the opportunity to be involved in the bodywork part of this project , along with patiently waiting several months for a workshop slot . The body shell and most of the parts are now in my work shop.. First I will be making a list of all the parts needed whilst doing the main procedure assessment , along with setting up ready to start .. So this section does not interfere with this particular thread, I will run a separate thread purely on the body repair, correction, and painting process. For those interested this thread will be headed JPS # 044 body restoration.. and will start sometime next week .
    11 points
  10. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/all-new-lotus-emira-pre-production-commences-following-100million-investment-in-uk-facilities/
    11 points
  11. I see a lot of McLarens and similar priced cars on the road, from listening to conversations with owners at track meets etc it seems that a lot of these are purchased on the never-never. People put down c. £25k deposit, then sign up to £1.3 -2k per month on HP/PCP and keep the car for say 1-2 years. They then swap it in for something new and similar and repeat the cycle (so another £25-30k and another 12-24 months at £1.3-2k per month) and so it goes. They never actually "own" the car and are effectively paying the depreciation charge (I assume the vast majority of these owners have the ability to net off the VAT through their business accounts). It seems a lot of these cars are bought that way and it is why many of them end up with 3, 4 or even 5 owners in 4, 5 or 6 years. Think about it, a £180k McLaren car will have around £36k of VAT in the price, so £144k net. Minus the deposit of say £25k and £15k of annual payments. That gives you a balance of what £90-95k after 2 years and these cars are priced for around £105-110k on the forecourt. Sounds about right. So for around £2.5k per month you can have a brand new £180k supercar, with full warranty etc, every 2 years. Personally, a finance agreement like that would keep me awake at night. Scary stuff. But for a lot of buyers, £700 per month plus on a car finance deal seems to be the norm. Nuts. So, finance deals is what gives access to the "brand". Celebrity helps to establish the brand (wonder how much it cost Audi for Tom Hardy for the latest etron GT adverts?). The Evora did not sell not because it was not a great looking car. Not because it was too cheap or too expensive. Not because it was not a superb drivers car. It did not sell in numbers purely because nobody knew a thing about it. They did not know it existed. The vast majority of people, even now, 12 years from its launch simply still do not know what an Evora is. End of. The marketing was non existent almost, crap and therefore ineffective. We can try to say it wasn't, but the reality is in the sales numbers. The brand awareness was nowhere. Journo's loved it, but they were the only ones who drove it, along with diehard brand loyalists who had eagerly awaited its launch and jumped into their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or more Lotus of their ownership lifetime. So for the Emira to be a success it needs to: 1. Be marketed so people understand what it is. How it goes. Why it is special 2. Be supported by a vastly improved dealer network (need more dealers and in some cases much better dealers - we all know the truly great dealers and the ones to avoid) 3. Be available with a comprehensive warranty (if Ferrari can offer 7 years, why can't Lotus offer 5?) and an attractive set of finance options to suit all (large or small deposits, large or small monthly payments etc) 4. It needs to be better than a Cayman. Not as good as. But better. It needs, from a price and performance perspective to smash the Cayman out of the park from a driving, build quality and looks (the latter should not be hard let's face it as the Cayman is no "looker") perspective. Every journo, "influencer" (god I hate that term) etc who drives it needs to be comparing it to the Cayman and proclaiming the Cayman is dead! 5. Lotus needs to make itself "cool" to the masses. It can be done. McLaren did it in what 12 years from nothing as a "road" car brand. But it did through launching with the MP4 a car that quite literally rewrote the rule book on cool, performance, etc. literally the bosses of Porsche, Audi, Ferrari and Aston Martin must have been shitting themselves when the pure performance of that thing became clear. Who cared about the issues with build quality back then? No one, the clamour to have a McLaren was unabated from launch for the first 2 years. We'll get a good idea in a few weeks at Goodwood as to whether the car looks, goes and performs as it needs to to be a winner. But without fixes to the dealer networks, finance, warranty etc then will it really fly, or just be a glimmer of what it could have been, like the Evora?
    11 points
  12. Well finally got it home yesterday and really pleased with it. weather was awful for the drive back but the car was fantastic. Gave it a wash this morning and have a few very minor jobs to do with it. it’s tucked up with its garage mates now.
    11 points
  13. So belts changed. Oil and filter changed. Time for a spin
    11 points
  14. SET UP and PLANNING.. Here we are at the start of the body restoration on JPS # 044 .. There is evidence it has had previous repair work, with a half rear quarter section put in .. Unfortunately this has not been done that well and is very easy to see.. As we have said in previous threads , any impact repair on GRP has to be explored with consideration of how far the gel crack will travel .. The usual stress points along with the direct connected area will all crack .. In the case of # 044 this consideration was not taken into account and some time after the repair all the gel crack has exposed itself .. I am sure the person who did the original repair was not aware this would happen, but as you will see from the photo's it is quite severe. These cracks stop in a straight line exactly where the new section was butted up to .. I have marked the worst area's , but to be fair they are not that difficult to spot . Stress cracks are very apparent in the seams of the 'B' and 'A' posts , both sides , but more prominent on the N/S .. The shell has also flexed on the o/s rear quarter with gel crack spreading all down that panel aswell . We also have flex area's in the front compartment that will need addressing, It also appears to have impact damage on the front that has not yet been repaired , but has split the front seam and caused extensive gel crack to the front panel . Both headlamp pods have seen better days and will need some creative reconstruction. The only other main area to cover at this point is the roof.. It has been fitted with after market sunroof , which the customer wants removing and putting back to original .. There is also some gel crack in the usual spots. I will cover all the other points as I go through the main shell , section by section . The panels will addressed later in the thread.... First job is to get that smashed screen and the old sunroof out .. Let the fun begin..
    10 points
  15. Especially when I got to do this today:- I’ve had a few experiences bought for me in the past but nothing comes near to this. It was from my wife and son for a significant birthday last year but postponed until this year because of the C word. It was just the most perfect day for it too. Not a cloud in the sky and obviously able to see ‘The Hun’ from a way off!😁 The pilot let me take the controls over to the Isle of Wight and then I handed back to him for the several aerobatic manoeuvres. Such delicate controls on the Spitfire. We often hear how the Lotus steering is so delicate, you can think the car round corners and it’s very much like that with the Spitfire. A barely discernible movement on the stick will have the plane’s attitude changing immediately. What a day and the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition for me. I love my family!😁 Oh and the icing on the cake - the pilot owns a Type 25 Elise SC. Good man. 👍 Just want to do it again now 😁
    10 points
  16. did a small drive this evening, here some pictures, (the Netherlands)
    10 points
  17. Coming home after about 250 miles today. Wonderful car. Met the previous owner today, that was great and thanks for all the tips!
    10 points
  18. Odd one out yesterday at snett with about a dozen exiges!
    10 points
  19. Hello! After lurking here for ages it’s probably time I contributed something, so here’s a thread about my 76 Elite 503. I bought it unseen on eBay in August 2017, fighting off a total of zero other determined bidders. It somehow had an MOT and was a runner, but I collected it on a trailer because I’m foolish but not that foolish. I trailered it to storage with a friend for a while, and thence to Lotusbits who rebuilt the top end and the steering and the brakes and suspension and stuff. It was a long list and entirely transformed the car. For sone reason I then decided it was the ideal car to drive through the snow from home in south Wales to a work meeting in the New Forest via London, which went fine apart from when the headlights failed in a biblical rainstorm in the dark on the M3 (the switch broke). The heater even worked for some of the trip. Other than that it’s had the great courtesy only to break down as I’m backing it into my shed, so a quick push home has been enough to recover it. The first time was when the main earth lead fell off, because some genius (not me) had attached the connector to the cable with a dab of solder instead of a BFO crimping tool, and the second proved to be the fuel pump being eaten by ethanol. The fuel pump rebuild features in my YouTube channel. I have a modest collection of 1970s and 80s cars and the Elite is definitely a favourite; I have also done a brief general review of the Elite to try and enthuse others about these brilliant and hugely entertaining if slightly quirky devices - link below in case of interest. So mechanically it’s quite good but cosmetically it’s a bit grim. There’s still lots to do. More on that to follow.
    9 points
  20. Well it did not leak due to fitting, It was stuck in with no intensions of it ever needing removing.. The leak must have come from the seal to the glass.. Needless to say the sun roof was a real pain to get out , but with patients it eventually came free without damaging the roof .. The smashed screen was a messy job but all done and out of the way .. This is where we start the voyage of discovery . As we saw from the external pics of the repaired quarter , it was looking a bit ' ify '. So before starting to sand off the paint and gel coat , I decide to have a good look inside the section.. To my surprise there was no GRP layers at all .. On closer inspection the joint did not even seem to but up. In addition to that, the but faces were clean . This means the only thing attaching the sections is a thin skin of GRP bridging the outside .. This would explain why the repair was so visible.. Also the the imperfect panel profile .. Upon sanding off the paint , we encountered filler, followed by a thin GRP layer over the joint . Very weak and poor !!!. What we were left with was a 5mm gap between the sections.. I decided to leave a couple of small area's not fully sanded , so the shape could be retained whilst I applied a GRP layer to the inside to re-stabilize it , before starting the next step . The above pic was how it started to appear when removing the surface layer . The one below is how it appeared when all flatted out .. It is difficult to show on a pic how clean that joint was, I did not touch it , that is how it came out .. I think this is a classis example of measure twice cut once . It would seem by how parallel the cut joint is, time was taken to cut neatly , but they got the measurements wrong.. Uhmm .. Some nasty impact GRP crack also came to light on the new section , this will need fully grinding out .. The next area to get started on is the roof .. First job was to sand off all the paint and gel layers in preparation for filling in the sun roof hole .. In the above pic you can just make out the thickness of the panel, which will need recreating across the hole . The first task was to make a profile blank to bridge the hole , This had to fit neatly and slightly curve in both plains. The profile section was supported from the underside , without any vertical pressure, so as not to distort the original form. Once happy with the fit and shape I could start grinding off a large taper area around the hole . This left a razor sharp edge where the new and old section join . A release wax a release agent was carefully applied to the profile so it can be removed when the new roof is formed over it .. When all prepped. the new GRP layers can be applied . I started with 1 layer the same size as the hole, then 4 more each getting progressively bigger to neutralise the taper that was ground in . Finally two full layers were applied .. This now needs to be left for several days to fully cure before i can continue this section .. Next week, I will start to get that quarter panel back as it should be.. '' Uhmm ...loads more itchy scratchy to come ''
    9 points
  21. Super car meet, thought the Evora did not look to shabby against the competition.
    9 points
  22. Made it to the front cover of the latest Absolute Lotus Magazine edition with @jerzybondov's Evora Thanks to @Bibs for the heads up about the opportunity. Hope the article reads well.
    9 points
  23. Castle Combe Manor last weekend.
    9 points
  24. so three years ago we were forced to pick up and run my dads business or see him kicked out of his house (he was 90 at the time and had just undergone major life saving heart surgery) me and my two sisters have "other jobs" family and comitments but during this "difficult period" we lost our dear mum to pancreatic cancer, so three years on (after loosing money hand over fist to begin with) we are getting back to balancing the books (that sadly doesnt mean profit or wages) but early days i had looked around and i have these kinda quirky ideas one of which was weddings at the windmill, i mentioned it to a young local couple i know a while back and they jumped at the idea (and i saw this and do see this as a key pivotal point on viability) they came back today with the wedding planner (yes i know well thats the thing you have these days) so make or break meeting and well ...... they all absolutely adored the idea and the venue !!! whoop whoop !!! such a relief !!!! big exhale !!! maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel (but that must involve an esprit s3)
    9 points
  25. Look what I found! Screwdriver anyone?
    8 points
  26. Confession time! I’ve just bought a manual 718 GT4 in full fat club sport spec with the carbon brakes & 918 buckets. I’ve absolutely no doubts about the overall quality of the GT4 package. However, there was some serious soul searching about buying my very first Porsche after a lifetime of avoiding the marque. But you only live once and their GT cars are brilliant. I fully intend to hang onto my 430 as a long term keeper. It will be interesting to see how the cars directly compare: From both an outright performance and practical everyday enjoyment perspective. I did consider hanging on to see what a sportier ‘cup’ version of the Emira ends up looking like, but patience is not my strong point. Plus the GT4 is a very, very pretty car to look at and the naturally breathing 4L engine just had to be given a long term go. (Don’t think it will be able to match the V6 soundtrack, but it does rev out well). I pick the car up in a couple of weeks and will let you know how it goes from a Lotus loving but ultimately marque agnostic petrolhead perspective.
    8 points
  27. New Inductee into the Sport 410 Group. My first Lotus, but I've been well versed into the ACBC ethos by my friend @jep. Who made my introduction to Lotuses with a 340R no less! Hooked ever since. Safe to say, in the 2-3 weeks that I've been in ownership of this Ultra Violet beauty I can fill an entire page of the "People's Reaction to your Evora" thread by myself, including a little one who dropped his ice cream in shear excitement as it came around the corner at Windsor castle this weekend. I really should have offered to buy him a new one.....next time. The noise..........words cant explain, and the Carbon Buckets are ace once tilted! Safe to say I'm over the moon with the acquisition. Few photos and a tasty departure video clip from the PetrolHeads show. The Noble did ok, the 410 stole the show.. RPReplay_Final1622413648.mov RPReplay_Final1622413648.mov
    8 points
  28. Great to see the Emira is going to be a proper 2 seater - and not a pretend one like @C8RKH has I just hope there’s a decent amount of space in the front @windymiller knows his Evora is big enough - but it’s a comfortable fit in the Esprit - it never ceases to amaze me at how practical the 2 seater lotus are
    8 points
  29. I successfully changed my 1980 Elite's tax status to Historic at my local village Post Office instantly on 1st April this year, and with no fuss. The counter staff lady wrote on the V5C, I signed it, she sent it away and gave me a till receipt showing the car now being taxed from 1/4/21 for 12 months at a cost of £0. She followed the instructions on her computer screen and didn't need to see my insurance or MoT proof, I assume the PO is linked into the DVLA database and wouldn't let her proceed if either was out of date. As soon as I got home I checked the DVLA website which correctly showed the car as being taxed for the next 12 months. Two weeks ago my new V5C came through the post (all details correct) and this week I got a DVLA cheque refund for the two months of unused tax (£45). I would say that the service from the PO and DVLA was excellent all round, Covid or not, perhaps I am very lucky with the competence of my local Post Office counter ladies. I had even driven the Lotus there to record the event for my archive! Leigh
    8 points
  30. @thebartman (Julian) is a very excited new(ish) owner, and has foolishly entrusted his pride and joy to yours truly for the visitation of mayhem, violence and trade-pack expletives upon his rear suspension. I happen to know that he gets a bit of a weird kick out of gory car photos, so these are for him. Stripped the whole lot off the car today. As expected, both lower links are seized solid. Extracted the N/S one today, but saving the other for Julian's hands-on visit tomorrow. I'm sure he's very excited at the thought of playing with his bits... .
    8 points
  31. Me... It's very dangerous going to Lotus Silverstone, honestly, you pop in with no more intention than leaving your present Lotus on SoR and the next thing you know you're forking out more money on something new that know one knows much about! 🤣
    8 points
  32. Kinda funny with this funeral talk.... I met my wife at my funeral home and she hates my lotus, purchased the GT early March. She just doesn’t get it.... last week I went to the grocery in my evora, as I was leaving a young and very attractive blond girl parked a few spots away, she got out of her vehicle as I was putting stuff away. She said this car is so 47%*4&3 hot... I usually park on the other side of the lot but I had to check to car out. My response was thanks... and I wish my wife felt that way... she got a good laugh... when I went home and told my wife, she’s like no...
    8 points
  33. Good evening Ladies and Gents, Well what a day got a fair bit wet but bless the lovely lotus she is now up and running and i ow Gary (Sparky) & Stuart (HawaissO) everything for today. I have attached a link to a video i made on todays evens enjoy
    8 points
  34. Just a heads up, this post does not contain said image because no phones were allowed to be out during the presentation. I apologize in advance for disappointing any expectations, Last friday, There was a mini event organised by Lotus Abu Dhabi to drive down to Lotus Dubai (Same owners for both showrooms). There we had the pleasure of meeting the CEO of Adamas Motors, and we were given a tour of the new showroom with all its thoughtful additions for the owners, like a games room with a simulator and other nice features. We were not expecting it be presented with a keynote that included a full side picture of the Lotus Emira, as well as the SUV. It was noted that the SUV shown will under go changes to the lights and other minor details as the picture was not the car in production trim. Also, there will be 2 more SUVs, They were referred to as medium and sport (not sure what sport will be, given that the one which the picture was shown of will have 700+HP) All SUVs will be full electric. But back to the Emira, I thought I would first get to see it in the Goodwood event, but we were lucky enough to get a look. We were 6 owners in total, and we were asked if we are more interested in the Toyota V6 or the Mercedes 4 pot engines. They asked to assess the market for their future order allocations, they settled on a 60/40 order split with the majority showing interest in the V6 model. The picture had lotus watermarks with a number all over, and I believe this photo will be used by them once the embargo is lifted. The car shown was in silver, and the rims were smaller versions to the ones on the Evija, the renders online also exaggerate the size of the side pods. In fact out of all the renders, the one by autocar is the closest. ( If only I could draw... As not to leave you without any photos, Ive attached some of the drive down, hopefully 1 of the 6 guys who came along are also on this forum, and they are more capable creatively in their description. 3 weeks to go.
    7 points
  35. Back from ceramic coating, looks like new
    7 points
  36. I'll be at the factory in two weeks, I'll take my gear...
    7 points
  37. https://www.instagram.com/p/CP0HomCISlb/
    7 points
  38. 7 points
  39. The big question @C8RKH would you stick with the red?
    7 points
  40. Another thing that’s been niggling me for years. Considering the S4s cost £52K when it was new, you’d have thought Lotus might have put a bit of carpet up front at the time. Well, at least I did. Unable to put up with it any longer, I made up a pattern and sent it off to Steve Margary. The original Esprit colour carpet is NLA, so wouldn’t quite match the boot, but it’s as close as possible. In any case, you can’t really see the two areas at the same time. Steve did a really nice job on the horizontal bit and vertical bit at the front, Shan and I cut patterns then fitted the spare carpet around the sides, which was not too bad a job. I’m pleased with the result, maybe a couple of areas that I could have done better but without removing half the mechanical bits and bobs, that’s as good as it gets. My thanks to @Steve V8and his boss, Sharon, for another quality job at a great price.
    7 points
  41. London to Kettering was indeed successfully completed last Sunday, although the car got very slightly rained on while parked up there for the day (and I forgot to take photos by the water!). So combined with the 200 mile return journey needed a wash, which I quickly did at lunchtime today as it was so nice outside, and just popped to the garage to fill it up ready for the next adventure. It did 30mpg by my calculation so very happy with that, and definitely more economical than taking the main car, so man maths wins... Hopefully taking it out tomorrow for two visits in London and Kent, which makes it a very enjoyable day out of the office. Looking forward to the North Weald meet in a few weeks too, let's hope the better weather stays around for that.
    7 points
  42. 8am this morning to 6:30pm today
    7 points
  43. Fucktards! We have freedom of speech but you have no right to behave like this or attack other citizens like this. I hope they catch the cowards and slice off their testicles! Then, if they are a guest here, pack their belongings and thrown them on a plane out of here. If citizens of here, then throw them in a cell for a couple of years to reflect on their actions. If their goal was to highlight the plight of Palestinians and gain general support for them, then sadly they have done the opposite.
    7 points
  44. A few pics from a photo shoot at Glenshee Ski Centre Braemar.
    7 points
  45. Another small step with original airbox now fitted, I replaced the evaporator hoses today to make sure any fuel smells don’t develop. Wood and carpets all replaced so next step is final commissioning. Hopefully the rear bumper, cant rails and both spoilers will be back from paint this week so I can get it in a driving state. I’m still having a few electrical issues but discovered a couple relays which were getting very warm so ordered some original Lucas replacements and had a good earth cleaning session today. Looking forward to final detailing then driving it as been a mountain of work so far but light is slowly coming through the trees with an end insight. Dave
    7 points
  46. Hopefully this ones no garage queen either. Currently halfway round the Absolute Lotus Magazine Scottish Tour. Lots of rain, animal excrement & plenty of rough tarmac B roads to catch the splitter on. 😩 That said it has been an epic trip thus far. Who said a 430 can’t pretend to be a rally car?
    7 points
  47. My Esprit S1 will be featured on the Cartier Lawn, so if anyone fancies coming to say hi, I'll be around all weekend (@Dan E @Sparky - clearly we will have to meet elsewhere as I'm not sure they'll let you two reprobates on the lawn)
    7 points
  48. Have a good start of the week folks.
    7 points

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