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    It's illogical to like the way a car looks, it is merely a machine at the end of the day but that is the driver with classics. Objectively they don't have much going for them. Subjectively an S2 one of the best looking Esprits of them all. I actually prefer it to the S1 but can't deny the extra allure and glamour of the first car. I am just so intrigued by how a 160bhp four cylinder supercar would drive and it would be impossible not to imagine Barbara Bach sitting next to me, that's worth a fair bit in itself! None of this makes any objective sense. But this nonsense is what saves us from an oblivion of joyless tedium. Objectivity has its many uses but it can't see beyond a Golf diesel. Most people here have an Essex in their dream garage. To achieve that they will have to pay an extraordinary premium for some blue paint and some decals. A fully restored Essex replica might well be in better mechanical order than an original Essex but wouldn't be worth even half as much. That makes no sense either but I wouldn't have it any other way!
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    It's also my dogs favourite word. He won't hear 'come here' from 10 feet but he'll hear the word 'cheese' from 100 metres lol
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    is the bloke in the blue T shirt trying to power lift your car??? Don't polish your car too much - you'll run out of gel coat!
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    Word of mouth. Often the better Esprits don't get advertised. So far all I know is that you're looking for an Esprit but I have no idea what type of Esprit you are after. A S1 1977 to Final Edition 2004, restored, barn find, requires work..? roadworthy or totally original. What's your budget? You implied that you think that the S3's on Pistonheads are overvalued (they might be for all I know) but that wouldn't encourage me to think of you if I was thinking of selling my Esprit and didn't want the grief of advertising it. I'm not selling my S3 but earlier this year I did sell my black 1981 dry sump turbo to someone on here, without advertising it.
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    Completely this to me. Make an exquisitely already beautiful motor car look even more amazing
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    The widespread popularity of the Essex does surprise me, I thought it was just me who had a thing for them! While the specs were great they weren't exactly a huge hit in period and for many the whole association with Essex was something of an embarrassment which remains the case in some quarters of Hethel. My own Turbo left the factory with Essex stripes but the original owner insisted Lotus remove any reference to 'Essex Petroleum'. It's interesting how the cars have emerged from that with such an aura of cool about them. 36 years later the scandal and the mystery surrounding Essex petroleum (and Mark Thatcher) seems to have only added spice to the whole tale behind the car. For those who have no idea who or what Essex petroleum was it must look a bit strange having the name of a notorious county written all over a car. But most of all, regardless of all the associations the car just looked so damn good all of the negative stuff just paled into insignificance, much like a Ferrari 308 would if you parked next to an Essex. It remains an exceptionally nice shade of blue, which still looks contemporary to my eyes. The graphics must have been completely brash and outrageous in 1980 but they ooze a degree of retro cool now that is virtually unrivalled among road cars from that time. The whole Essex saga is such a perfectly 80's story it's no longer an negative association. Clearly the limited number thing is a big part of it for many, if not for me - I wish they had made loads of them! Without that, the FYEO replica cars ought to be worth more just because of the JB association, although the decision to limit their use to that of glamourous set furniture meant they were never to enjoy the impact of the SWLM S1. Either way I will always be a huge fan of the Essex cars but would just as soon have a perfect Copper Bronze dry sump sitting next to my Turbo and spend the change on an S4s. A section on the GT3 would be a welcome addition. Where do you see values 2014-2016?
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    Usually, play at 6 and 12 indicates swivel pins or suspension arms, 3 and 9 would be steering (trackrods). For a bearing, you should feel similar play all around, or worst case moving around with the wheel due to damaged rollers. You can have someone apply the brakes (firmly) while you check for play. If it remains, it's not the wheel bearing, because the brake will fix the disc/hub to the vertical link.
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    Myself being one of those people who want an Essex but have been taken out of reach by the current market would happily own a replica. Yes the value is different but it does come down to what you want, I have always wanted one and chased after such a car many times without luck, so to wake up in the morning and jump into that red interior and load my 80's music into a space craft control player would be what dreams are made off. I do love those in your face chrome decals as well, no other car has that visual impact for me! I put the JPS esprit into a similar category as it all comes down to the days when F1 was really exciting along with playing scalextric as a kid ( Still love it now). The S2 is a great looking car but to drive a S3 is such an improvement, perhaps I should build a JPS replica as an S3.... the decals would fit?....put no speedlines ?. It seems the market will ease over the winter and take some pace again in the spring, nothing is moving fast unless priced below £15k currently, I am looking to pay out good money on an early Turbo but will buy with care as many cars are sub quality trying for high sums. The secret is not to rush but be ready when the right car becomes available. Dave ?
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    Agreed, but you can say the same thing about the £35k red Limited Edition Turbo which as been for sale for 2+ years. You'll see from above that my comment refers to asking prices. You can ask what you want, doesn't mean that you'll get it - and that applies to anything, S2's or S3's.
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    Well I for one think this is a fantastic idea, in fact my latest project may just be road ready in time for the new legislation, it's nearly done what do you think?
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    Mine too I had a 1977 1300 in Copper colour which was absolutely fantastic. I was 19 at the time and loved it. Got rid of it as the rust started to show..
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    Hi Chris, The majority of customers have had a shop do the install which is what we recommend. Typically with a Version 1 install shops have just installed a simple Vinyl over the plinth. The reason we stopped producing those was due to slight variances in the cars. On a better note, your Mirror mounts are scheduled to be shipped by Friday
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    Hi Guys Just a quick note on fitting , don't strip the manifold down into its component parts, remove the old cast thing as per the manual. Clean all surfaces and threads. Fit the new manifold as a complete unit. Its a lot lighter than the original and so is easier to position. Fit the brace last , don't tighten the brace , it should be in a relaxed state i.e feel loose. I will try try and dig out a procedure we put up on an old thread some time ago if needed, Mark
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    Just another heads up to you all - a whole tonne of GT4 parts etc have just gone up, inc wheels etc. Might be worth a look to some of you.
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    Yeah, those style of cars are mostly at shows in Japan and not so much on the streets other than at festivals (the Coming Of Age Day springs to mind). Certainly an eclectic style though. Bosozoku refers to the punk biker kids who think they're tough. Don't even get me started on those kids...
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    thee whole right hasnd side of my under the oil tank was beautifully preserved under a thick layer of oil. Most likely from years of fill ups without being very careful. Still it helped unbolting the rear suspension bits Keep up the good work
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    Mature cheddar, marmite and butter on a crumpet, savoury doesn't get any better!!
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    Colour looks really good in the last photo. is this enhanced at all?
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    Guys I have spoken to Malc the owner, he is local to me and has a few Esprit's. The car is from Jersey and he has paid the duties, it is an exUK car and was on a A plate so it's a 1983/1984 car. He will take an offer but turned down what I put across the table, he does understand the work and money required to restore it but jumping on the boom to see if he gets a bite. This car is a full body off restoration case I think looking at the condition so going to be a very costly project, great if you want to do a rebuild long term though. Certainly got to be better than the red car in Wales? Dave ?
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    I try to save as many adverts for GT3s as possible and stick them in my car's history file, just so I can point to something should an insurance assessor get involved. GT3 values seem to mirror the higher end of S4 values. Not that the GT3 is necessarily better than the S4; I adore the S4, it's the model that steered me back towards Lotus when it was launched in '92,and it sold like hotcakes worldwide. However like the S2 years ago the S4's have often been neglected, with the result that nice unmolested S4's are extremely thin on the ground. By contrast when GT3s come up (infrequently) they are invariably well looked after and people have been a bit optimistic with prices. I know there is an asking price and a "selling" price but I know at least 2 mint cars that went for £20-24k recently.
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    First thing is...well done on the photographs!!! It does look like the rear oil seal is leaking. Only thing to do is to start dismantling....take the engine and gearbox out to start with, then go from there. You can, of course, do everything else (cambelt, for example) when you have the lump out. Seperate the gearbox from the engine, remove the clutch, undo the flywheel, take off the rear oil seal carrier and replace the seal. It is supposed to be fitted into the carrier by a specified amount; but inspect the shaft before you do....see if it has a groove worn in it by the seal. If it has, consider fitting the seal at a slightly different depth in the carrier; that way, the seal would bear on an unworn piece of crankshaft and be less likely to leak. A winter full of fun awaits you!!!
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    @GTK Thanks for your kind words. The Excel is definitely going to get more screen time soon, fear not!
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    Gearbox ratios here: data _0.pdf Gear Internal Ratio Final Drive 1 3.54 3.78 2 1.91 3.78 3 1.41 3.78 4 1.09 3.78 5 0.97 3.24 6 0.86 3.24 Reverse 3.83 3.24 Outcome is something like:[]=&final_ratio_teeths[]=&fdr=3.24&diameter=679&ratio[1]=3.54&ratio[2]=1.91&ratio[3]=1.41&ratio[4]=1.09&ratio[5]=0.97&ratio[6]=0.84&speed_in=mph&width=285&profile=30&wheel_diameter=20&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2][]=&teeths[1][]=&teeths[2
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    Jonny, The thing i find strange about the Essex esprit is why do people love it so much ? I do not mean i do not love the essex esprit myself but why ? If lotus had say made thousands of these cars, would we love them as much as we do now. i.e is it we love it so much as it looks good, or simply the fact it was made in very small numbers that appeals to us and we just love its silver loud stickers as they have become accepted due to the exclusive numbers these where made in. I think if you painted a Turbo esprit in essex blue and put the stickers on it would feel wrong, although it looks like the real deal, its not numbered and never wil be. Hence why the real ones fetch so much money and are rare.
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    Mine too, but it's because the tyres are so bloody wide. My XKR did the same.
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    Dave Pistonheads currently has 3 (non Turbo) Esprit S3's for sale. £21,950 1984 S3 £24,993 1985 S3 (John's former car) £19,995 1982 S3 (Non-runner - discussed recently)
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    Very sad indeed. Ever since seeing one drive into Brooklands just in front of me, I've taken a real liking to the F40... It's replaced the Testarossa as my favorite Ferrari (I blame Miami Vice for that).
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    A65 JEX was owned by @Trevsked for a while too
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    Taper wheel bearings should run with clearance (albeit minimal). Suggest either torque up to 5 lbs (while spinning the wheel) and then back off the nut 1/2 a flat. However, I generally just nip mine up and then back off until I can start to feel the first trace of movement when rocking top and bottom of the wheel firmly.
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    A cracking day and great to see so many familiar faces again....I feel soooooo gutted I don't have my car any more ....but freshly resolved that I will be back in a lotus again soon. although not if I have too many more of those fine burgers
  37. 1 point He's got an amazing voice. We were treated to a 'private performance' (err, rehearsal in the afternoon) and it was stunning!
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    We don't need any expert input here. it handles so well due to mystery, black magic and classical artistry. lets not spoil the secret
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    Well last weekend we had some friends over to stay for a couple of day's. It was maybe because one owned an Evora, older one (2012) but nice all the same. I had the chance to take it for a run on the Saturday evening and well, what can I say. First couple of miles just getting used to her, tight gearbox, quick steering etc., then a stop to properly adjust the driving position etc. Now I say to my friend, can I give her some bean's. Oh yes and did I not half. Almost red lined a few times, 2nd 3rd and 4th. Nice long straight with a few dips, unclassified quiet road mind you so you can guess it was quiet and as it was a very long straight I could see well ahead. Further on we had a few miles of nice tight bends and switchback's, Wow. I have always loved the shape and sound of the Evora, and once a wee while back I almost bought one. But this was too me, far better than the GT3Rs or the Vanquish I was in a few weeks ago. Maybe because I was driving this time it felt better, but man was it good. Oh, and the owner, well we got back to the house and he went for a shower. He had never had is car out in the countryside with a bit of bean's before. Yep, I loved it. Thank's Tim for the opportunity, you are both more than welcome back anytime. If I can borrow the car again.
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    On perfectly flat surfaced "mint" condition asphalt it tracks as if on rails. Imperfections in the road surface (subtle "ruts" and such) do tend to make the car "hunt" on occasion, but I wouldn't necessarily call it "nervous."
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    This kind of say's it all for me. You sit in, drive and you feel as one. I had more enjoyment in my first S3 than I did with the S4, the Elise, Exige or even the Evora I drove last weekend for that matter. The Evora was and is great, but in a well prepared and tuned S3 it just felt right to be sitting hunkered down in the seat, in a well balanced car that you could feel what you were doing and how it responded. Just loved it.
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    I wasn't seeking to become a distributor, just interested in the group buy and assume it may be easier to ship the order in bulk to one UK address. Was hoping for bigger discount on the group buy too - lets see how many actually want to buy..... I'll start. I set please, V2, matt black.
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    The result would be a sportscar that costs 50% more, looks incredibly sleek, but is outperformed by a Subaru. And more people will sell their soul to buy one than Porsche ever built. OK, I'll admit I'm an android person. But the logical reaction would be for Google to buy Lotus
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    It goes green over here and we hardly get any sunshine! The green would originally have been black or dark brown. As someone said above, another forum member had great results with fabric dye. I've seen the results first hand and it was excellent. The interior of my first S1 had gone green just like yours. I'd keep the fabric and dye it. Heck of a lot cheaper than replacement. Bet I know who got home first.....
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    The bigger issue is that they just rewarmed the "old" Topgear with new presenters. Matt was the highlight of the show, but without a new format even he is doomed to the eternal failed comparison with the three stooges.
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    Don't think they need a replacement for Evans. The shear number of presenters last series was one of the problems, I reckon. They can spend the money saved on making a better show.

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