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  1. Alright it's a Evora.... Saw it Friday night on Bell and Colvills website and went and saw it Sunday and basically beat a rush to buy it. It's done 78000 but it was a Lotus factory car and used for endurance tests. To say it looks and drives amazing is an understatement. Also hats off to Jamie(sales manager)and everyone at Bell and Colvill for a first class treatment when it came to buying the car, would highly recommend them. It's N/A with IPS and those nice people at Lotus have put on S wheels, heated seats and a S exhaust system When I've cleaned it I will put some pics on, unfortunately after going round the M25 today she's got a bit mucky.... I'm one happy boy though....
    6 points
  2. I agree, it's completely disgraceful mothers turning up to school looking like slobs in pyjamas. Negligees should be compulsory for MILFS, though.
    3 points
  3. While it would be nice for the steven's Esprits to magically start rocketing in value, myself having just bought two a short while ago, I enjoy driving them loads and would be too nervous if they were worth big money. A hell of of a lot of car for the money and that's fine by me!
    3 points
  4. As someone shopping around in the space for an upgrade, I think the 400 is the lowest/slowest they can go. The criticism levelled at the Evora is quite justified for 2014/2015/2016 - it was a great car in 2009 (where it won eCOTY) but nowadays it just isn't up to snuff, and the 400 was too mild a change to be taken seriously. For my own ego I'd like to say the S has enough power, but for sales it's a different matter. Lotus has a very high conversion rate (in terms of % test drives -> sales) but if a car looks underpowered on paper, let alone has a reputation for being underpowered, then you'll have a tough time getting bums into seats. The 400's price bump brings it dangerously close to the Jaguar F-Type R which has 550hp. Spend another AU$50k and you're close to McLaren 12C territory which has 625hp. I do see one argument for an entry-level Evora however. The biggest impression I get from people seeing my car for the first time (even Ferrari/Maserati dealers) is that they never knew there was such a complete/refined/comfortable/luxurious Lotus. The Elise and Exige command the lion's share of the Lotus image, which gives the brand a "kit car" / "track car" persona. People either do not know that there is an Evora, or if they do, believe that it is just a tiny Elise with more padding, but still harsh and impossible to get in/out of. Therefore an entry-level Evora that is cheap enough to get market penetration but fast enough to quell any "underpowered" notions would work well. A turbo 4-pot or 5-pot with 380hp for the masses, and a retuned SC 6-pot with 450hp for the enthusiasts. Make the "Evora 450" fast enough for 0-100kph in 3.x seconds and you'll have peoples' attention.
    2 points
  5. Is this the best private sale car ad in the world? clicky Just in case people aren't on Facebook: Rover 100 ( metro) 1.1 long mot 1995 and been "wankered" £350 – West Bromwich Welcome to the advert for my mighty 1995 metro (rover 100 series), that has been professionally turned in to a Fanny magnet by one of its previous owners. Who no doubt cruised the local youth clubs, looking for jail bait to impress with this 1100cc power house. In 1995 longbridge workers in between Union strikes and the gentle pillaging by what ever group it was owned by then, produced this 100 series. No Doubt destined for Doris, leader of the blue rinse brigade to pop to the post office and send a telegram, or something like that. Possibly to inform her loved ones that she is still dodging the coffin. Now after the demise of dear old Doris, and in between its 10 owners, one has decided to add a touch of "flair" to this ride. So let's go through the car. And Well let's not beat around the bush, it's rough as toast!! I have no doubt it's been beat and abused in its past. So much so I have named it Tina Turner. It has dents, dinks and scratches. Back arches are crusty like a smegma ridden penis, paint is blue in colour and is a bit mehhh!!! And the paint was applied possibly with ghandis flip flop. It has a broken mirror, and it has the obligatory shopping list on the doors and bumper. They must have left the list at home as none of those items are fitted. It's fitted with a boot spoiler that lets other drivers know your cars "bad ass!!" And allow the local chavs to admire and say "nuff respect". I can not see any other reason for the spoiler to be honest. I'm guessing the roof Ariel would possibly create more down force than that plinth on the back. Wheels have been ghetto painted black to make the car look like a bruise, with its blue and black colour scheme. But on the plus side it is all roughly one colour. Now let's go inside, yet more stickers of Brands!!!! None of which are present. Guessing the owners dreams were bigger than their budget. The left over paint has now been spread over dash parts, and then subsequently covered in licky sticky back plastic. ( carbon effect), like some piss poor blue peter attempt at pimping rides. A imitation boost gauge is mounted on the dash. This is purely to make the lads think this car is a turbo, and for the driver to check what time the school girls finish so he can drop a gear out side the playground. All impressive like. Inside is filthy and seats have stains from all the young benefits backed, big gold hooped earrings, kappa track suit clad punnani, you know the type of lass that would get fingered for flump, that this baller has been banging round the back of the local high rise flats in this modified basket case. It has no radio, it's got a shiny gear knob that makes those chicken wing gear changes feel awesome, as you pull a 10 second quarter mile on route to their dealer. Shiny pedals as well as if you couldn't add any more glitz to this cabin. Now the motor..... Is actually alright it starts first turn and sounds pretty sweet and ran pretty good on the way home. Except it's fitted with a ASBO loud exhaust. It sounds sporty if sporty sounds like a drill Sargent shouting in a traffic cone. But all the fluids are there surprisingly. A previous owner in all his/her limited wisdom, had for some god only known reason ( guessing it's performance enhancing) has painted the manifold red, and managed to over spray this also covers the alternator and block. The car has been "stanced" by lowering the ride height. Judging by the other craftsmanship carried out on this car, I doubt they have been individualised. More along the lines of they let the fluid out for the ultimate in ghetto tuning. The car drove surprisingly well, gear changes was good it stopped alright, and the ride wasn't that bad. The car has MOT till September, the certificate is missing though, but check on line. The registration is M898 WWR ( I'm guessing WWR means "wheely wank rover") I have the v5 and the key and that's it. The car is located in West Bromwich. I live 50 mile away, so if you want to view we need to talk first. Advertised elsewhere Car falls in to the classic car band so cheap insurance. Buying this car and insuring it is less than a quote I got to insure a 1.1 saxo. Long MOT, I reckon even Martin Lewis would say this is cheap motoring. So grab yourself a bargain, And message for more details if needed. Don't come pointing out even more faults on the car that I may have missed, all you will receive is a slow and condescending clap and a "well done". It's been described to the best of my knowledge which is very little... And no warranty implied or given, I will pray for you though as you leave if that's any use. £350
    2 points
  6. I have to agree. My brother bought a Ford GT when he was working in the US, he imported it back here a few years ago and used to drive it a fair bit. Absolutely wonderful car to drive with Lotus-like steering and all the V8 guts and thunder you could hope for. Since values have shot up it hardly ever leaves the garage and he's is talking about getting it transported to Le Mans for the big Ford GT40 celebration down there. It's left hand drive, so in its element for trips to Europe plus it would do the car good to have a decent run. I'm doing my best to persuade him to drive it but its interesting to see the impact an on-paper value can have on ownership. Not a problem we Lotus owners have. I took my Turbo out with a friend for a curry a few weeks ago. We didn't go far but it made a very ordinary experience very special. Let everyone else twitter on about values, while we keep enjoying the cars.
    2 points
  7. I can confirm that I both have a new Evora 400, and that I never shut up about it to anyone willing to listen. So I'm no longer looking for a car, and I hope that ties any loose ends up in here.
    2 points
  8. The was intersting to me too. Seems the guy has bought it in Germany, but it is now a rental in Mallorca. There is only one place, EB cars. I have done some negotiation about the rental price and free KM, but seems not much room for it. http://www.eb-cars.com/deutsch/lotus_evora_350_s.html Some more pics and impression of the road by EVO.
    2 points
  9. Perhaps you could pose as a biker chick? https://www.bikermatch.co.uk/sites/bm/profiles/display.asp?user_ID=9319&ReturnPage=%2Fsites%2Fbm%2Fprofiles%2Fquicksearch.asp%3Fwanttomeet%3D%26PhotoOnly%3D%26area%3DCrewe%26sex%3DEither%26agefrom%3D16%26ageto%3D85%26miles%3D20%26pc%3DCW1%26page%3D89 Apologies if its a different Mr Mcveigh, but the ebay sales seem to tie in?
    2 points
  10. Well done mate. Your Dad would have loved it so enjoy it for him. Speak soon.
    1 point
  11. You are excused for 70mph in the middle lane as its your first day but don't let it happen again :-) Trevor.
    1 point
  12. Just ordered one from eBay, thanks for all the info, look forward to fitting it and hearing the indicators!
    1 point
  13. That's one of the reasons I like them and their attention to detail is second to none I know its all at a price but you get what you pay fore.Was invited to one of their private exhibitions with the other half which consisted of a 3 Hour cruse on the Thames in the posh glass topped boat with champagne and canopies and then it docked at the Cutty Sark which they had hired for the evening they had their new collection on deck along with security guards then a 5 course meal under the keel of the boat I remember choosing the slow roasted black boar more drinks etc then was allowed to try on their new collection at which time I put on a platinum perpetual calendar with moon phases and minute repeater lovely, price a pinch at £186k soon put that back carefully! Then goody bag each consisting of silk tie new catalogues silk scarf leather watch case hand painted limited edition fine porcelain dish then an addis and lee cab home pre paid any wear what a great night had to buy a suit to go to it but worth it. They know how to throw a party sham most of the people I talked to although nice just on another planet one lady I talked to said that the 30k she paid for her ladys Aquanaut was in her words just a fag end I've never forgot that. As for my watch traded my Patek 5035j annual calendar in against it had it for 12 years and enjoyed every moment of ownership even during the dark days of damaging the case so badly had to have it gold filled they have a patented method of repairing cases with a laser they can even replace snapped lugs, and made 4k even taking into account two services, had to find my current watch after seeing it in the flesh at their London exhibition at which they had a couple of their Horologists on hand to take you through the process of watch assembly right in front of you outstanding. Mark if your getting you Rolex serviced in the near future id recommend taking it in person to their service centre in Kings Hill, West Malling,Kent,ME19 4NR Or 19 St James,s Square,London,SW1Y,4JE Been to both and very impressed like Patek with the service and attention to detail have been given new spring bars twice for the Sea-Dweller as I swapped the metal strap for leather and does put a bit more strain on the bars so change them with every new strap.
    1 point
  14. My order turned up within about 3 days mate. The noise from the new relay is just like any 'normal' cars indicator tbh. Crazy that it was silent from the factory really! Someone mentioned a buzzer earlier on and I instantly thought - man that would surely do your head in within seconds!! Haha. Good luck!
    1 point
  15. Welcome. I have no negative comments on the cars at the moment and the looks... Oh the looks. I bloomin love the Evora styling and driving and comfort and handling ..........
    1 point
  16. Welcome. If I didn't already have an Evora, that one would definitely have tempted me, great value. With the Evora being based on such a solid engine, the mileage obviously didn't scare anybody off
    1 point
  17. Welcome steve that car of yours didn't hang around long - good swift buy....... Reckon it may prove to be the bargain of the year!!!! hope you enjoy it - lots !!
    1 point
  18. Welcome, cheap entry into Evora ownership that one.
    1 point
  19. Congratulations and welcome to Evoradom.......it's like utopia but better......
    1 point
  20. Congrats Steve. Another 50k on that engine and it'll be run in!
    1 point
  21. As it stands at the moment I'm expecting 400 values to plummet, but I still bought one anyway. God I love my car.
    1 point
  22. Join us in May will be driving through Auchtermuchty on our way to Kimany then upto Crimond for The Jim Clark run .
    1 point
  23. Brilliant At work if anything goes missing in transportation, the in joke is that it's probably "ended up in Auchtermuchty". Still makes me smile after 15 years of referring to it! No one I know has ever been there, so one day I should organise a road trip there!
    1 point
  24. Mine ! Purchased end of November. My everyday car now. Thanks for the spot !
    1 point
  25. [Shrek] Composites are like Onions! ...They stink? No ...They make you cry? No! ...You leave them out in the sun, they get all brown and sprout little white hairs? NO! Layers! Composites have layers! Onions have layers, Composites have layers. You get it? They both have layers. [/Shrek] And that's what make them strong like an Ogre. Especially carbon fibre layers. Stage two: part is out of the vacuum and I'm wet laying more er, layers to reinforce it. Firstly unidirectional carbon tape around the front damn to give it some anti bendy rigidity, then twill gf to bulk it out. Next 2 layers will be twill carbon, the second at 45 degrees to the first, over the top of the whole part. That should sort the top half, then, when that has cured I'll tip it over and layer some chop strand glass along the bottom. Using this as it will be facing the ground and will be the surface that will take any abrasions from the tarmac. Easier to repair too. That's the plan anyway
    1 point
  26. and Pretty Maid House is where MJK stayed for the xmas bash. Tell 'em you're a Lotus guy coming to a meet with Bibs and they might do you a nice deal Alternatively, the Leybourne Premier Inn is usually cheap as chips if you just want a bed!
    1 point
  27. After following and reading every review, blog, video, … about the Evora since 2009 but couldn’t afford one, I finally took the chances and rented one at Mallorca. Mallorca? Yes, but only in winter. Then the streets are almost empty. Coming from an Esprit SE, driven mostly in the Alps, I thought it would be the perfect test ride to make up my mind if I have to buy one (and which model). Had the Evora S SR with manual gearbox for a day and did the following route: (google map) https://www.google.ch/maps/dir/Pol.+Son+Bugadelles/Andratx/S%C3%B3ller/Sa+Calobra,+Spanien/Cap+Formentor,+Balearen,+Spanien/Pol.+Son+Bugadelles/@39.6779246,2.621202,10z/data=!4m58!4m57!1m5!1m1!1s0x1297897a62943377:0x580bfeee2ef50a93!2m2!1d2.5073549!2d39.5326404!1m25!1m1!1s0x1298211d105bbb83:0x850184f8ae8942ba!2m2!1d2.4202537!2d39.5744273!3m4!1m2!1d2.5142491!2d39.6874272!3s0x1297f43f4a2e14a3:0x721e81365d38aa95!3m4!1m2!1d2.5979623!2d39.7059932!3s0x1297f1f5acb0d687:0x979c944d49f45d5c!3m4!1m2!1d2.6369903!2d39.6888703!3s0x1297edebd5003893:0x6bbcbfb7e357f61a!3m4!1m2!1d2.685996!2d39.7283978!3s0x1297eec5ce46aab7:0x7ed0ad6a945df69e!1m5!1m1!1s0x1297e8bf0f60ed33:0xb0011fe8275e422e!2m2!1d2.7157866!2d39.7670693!1m5!1m1!1s0x1297ddc22e75a9d7:0x76dbb331c5b23443!2m2!1d2.7998841!2d39.8505341!1m5!1m1!1s0x12bd870ea89d4aa5:0x303bc9c39350952e!2m2!1d3.1955414!2d39.950172!1m5!1m1!1s0x1297897a62943377:0x580bfeee2ef50a93!2m2!1d2.5073549!2d39.5326404!3e0 What can I say, it was a perfect day! Short review: Forget the reviews! What the … are they talking about? This car is brilliant. Full stop. Problems with the gear change? Uhm.. nope. Not one miss shift. Finding reverse a problem? No. Just double clutch and it went in smoothly (As with the Esprit, don’t fight it and it does not fight back.) It feels perfect and just brings you in the state of flow immediately. Buy, buy, buy..(if you can afford it) ;-)
    1 point
  28. I know it goes against the grain, but I can't help feeling that a cheaper, pared down, NA and lighter model might be the missing option. Yes, I know everyone traditionally charges more for their stripped out versions... but I can see people viewing it as an "entry point" in that category without the traditional mark ups. Which I think is essentially what Kimbers is saying - but I would consider doing away with SatNav, Cruise control etc. and really paring down to the minimum of kit.
    1 point
  29. Although my car is <1 year old there is evidence of rust on the mud flap brackets so I decided to get a pair of the stainless ones as spares. I've received them this morning and have to say that they look a very high quality product. I was intending keeping them as spares but think I will get them fitted as soon as the weather becomes nice enough for tinkering. At least this way the fixings will still be new enough to enable easy removal rather than using a dremel and drill like I had to do after a few years on the VX
    1 point
  30. So true. But than again, before spending EUR 50-70K I prefer a test drive for more than 1h in a real life situation. It is a pitty that almost no Evoras can be rented. There was one from Hertz only in Germany, but it seems not anymore. So I was happy to find one. I have burned that money and don't regret it ;-)
    1 point
  31. Oh God. This is the man managing the forums... Organised Chaos!
    1 point
  32. Supermarkets near us are free, the others all charge but it's sometimes having to go in and get change, wait for the numpty in front who fills their tyres then does the weekly shop in the garage etc. Much easier in the drive once a month, takes a couple of mins
    1 point
  33. There's something wrong with you.
    1 point
  34. ok....came to it this morning....started....no light..... Id not used the car for 3 weeks prior to Sunday....I think I need to give it a run at least every week...... just have to think of places to go now....lol its in for service later anyway so I'll get them to check what it was....
    1 point
  35. I've seen 400's without forged wheels, but like Greg I prefer the forged. (And have them on my own car) Any excuse to post a pic of mine will be taken though, and it'll maybe get you looking forward to getting yours even more!
    1 point
  36. Thank you very much for the information. So here is the definitive list for the toolkit, as per the diagram: 1) Toolkit case 2) Wheel bolt adaptor / extension 3) Alan key 5 x 160mm 4) T-bar Torx driver 25 x 100mm 5) Locking wheel bolt key inc. ID strip & instruction card (not shown)
    1 point
  37. No sorry, the 550 was one of the major disappointments of my driving life. To be more specific I did back to back pilota courses in Italy around the time when the 550 came out. The previous year was in 512Ms. Hideously ugly but I can still recall that flat 12 like it was yesterday. I'd happily fill a page with an attempt to put it into words. The following year it was 550s and 355s around Fiorano with some timed laps at the end. Our instructors kindly recommended to us (on the quiet) that we should give the 355 'everything' while shift at '5000' in the 550. We followed their advice and they were right, our times were among the quickest. I couldn't describe what the 550 engine sounded like if you paid me. I remember it being turbine smooth and monstrously torquey up to a point but really quite unpleasant beyond that, this is a Ferrari V12 were talking about remember! It was Di Montezemelos first attempt at making Ferraris more useable. He succeeded in that but lost so much of the magic along the way. But I'm very old school when it comes to Ferraris, I think they should be beautiful to look at and listen to above all else. My advice is don't ever drive one. And whatever you do don't buy one now, even if you are Eddie Irvine!
    1 point
  38. The Lotus Esprit makes this list. 10 cars will be worth a fortune in the future
    1 point
  39. Added to my Amazon wish list (birthday inbound). My OCD is strictly numerical
    1 point
  40. Very nice Mark do like the blue face and a nice size for me 40mm max my mate just got the IWC big pilot but at 46mm way to big I've never brought new he paid £9900 at bluewater but in Watchfinders they have 6 and 2 under a year old for £6250 box and papers but I've never known him buy second-hand anything. A couple of pics of mine 40mm rose gold 5205r annual calendar been waiting 2 years for one to cum up at the right price with everything present and a couple of picks of my mates IWC on my wrist and if you bend your wrist back the oversized crown digs a nice hole in the back of your hand like the face but the normal Spitfire 2010 version at 39mm more my style.
    1 point
  41. We recorded with an Abbey Road tech and produced this: Currently thinking about T shirts. Is this any good?
    1 point
  42. Ha! I wish!......the matte grey Nurburgring mule looks angry in the flesh. Is off to Hockenheim for a magazine article soon. There's also a 3-11 race car heading to Geneva motor show too. Ace
    1 point
  43. Hello John Yes, I took pictures, only of the seats, the pig farm girl wouldn't oblige.................. Best of luck with your seats. Kind regards Richard
    1 point
  44. Thanks for that, good timing too as my new dash panel is about to arrive and I'll be looking into getting the labels done . In the mean time I've contacted a few vinyl cut suppliers and altough they can do the job it's expensive for a sheet of A4 and the lettering is quite thick in respect too a decal.
    1 point
  45. Thanks George. Hubs protected with diamond clear from Eastwood. It's my favourite - I love the original blotchy finish so this shows it off and protects. Red plastic caps are the tube protectors - I believe they are stock and red is the correct colour? Cheers
    1 point
  46. Yeah! Enough of this +2 nonsense, that's what a Ford Galaxy is for...... hahahahahahahahaha...... Kids and passengers just add dead weight and Colin would not be happy with that......!
    1 point
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