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  1. 5 points
  2. 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
    5 points
  3. 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
    2 points
  4. 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!
    2 points
  5. 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
    2 points
  6. Completely this to me. Make an exquisitely already beautiful motor car look even more amazing
    2 points
  7. 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 petro
    2 points
  8. 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.
    2 points
  9. 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
    2 points
  10. 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.
    2 points
  11. 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?
    2 points
  12. 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..
    2 points
  13. 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
    2 points
  14. 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
    2 points
  15. Hi Guys I'm a newby to the Lotus scene and hope to get my Europa project up from Southampton in a week or so. Its in a pretty bad state so I will probably be looking for all the help and advice I can get. Its a 71 with a renault engine (siezed) - I would like to keep it as original as poss but no doubt it will need lots of bits and hopefully you will help with this. cheers for now
    1 point
  16. 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. https://www.motorsportauctions.com/index.php?a=ap&addon=storefront&page=home&store=710&category=311
    1 point
  17. 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...
    1 point
  18. Second that Owen on the ebay kit been decent, When i did my interior retrim on the s3, the steering wheel had worn and the the leather had gone from grey to black, Put that black stuff on with with the sponge and followed the instructions. What difference it makes to whole interior. I am not sure how long the stuff lasts as i have not done any miles in the car since doing it, but even if it only lasts a while at that price you can afford to do it every year if need be.
    1 point
  19. 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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  20. Its personal preference, your car is factory spec but you also like it that way which is bonus. Most people just tend to like the black bumpers more. horses for courses and all that. Your avatar picture though sure sums up to me the best way a turbo esprit can look though
    1 point
  21. I believe I was the 91,363rd viewer. Got them fricking chill bumps again. These blokes have hit a chord (pun intended) with me, Bibs, and I think they will continue to do so with many others. At the rate the new album is selling (# 1 in the U.K. I heard Mike say) they're gonna need a bigger venue when they reach Austin! Mention was made that the drummer's drum set was already in place in Italy. Still, he bravely made do with his tambourine..."A" for effort! If he needs a place to store them in advance in Austin in April, I am here to serve.
    1 point
  22. Yes looks better a lot better than the red car and by the sounds of it has an owner who is a bit more realistic of the kind of work and money these projects cars take to bring back up to a decent standard. I have a feeling this one will have a happy though unlike the red one. Just had another look at the photos and one thing this car does share with the red one though is the bloody body waist line has been cut back also on this car,
    1 point
  23. Am I going mad, or does it look like that car has no pedals? http://www.ecarlist.com/showroom/1582/photos/1934577#20
    1 point
  24. 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 th
    1 point
  25. How does an interior get that bad! Could be really nice but would cost a fair bit with a lot of work and will always be held back from the lack of any history to date.
    1 point
  26. 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 (infrequent
    1 point
  27. Thanks and yes John, it wasn't easy for the photos. I managed to get my phone to focus with my nose! I thought it would be that seal, a weak point I understand. The cambelt was only done in June otherwise as you say it would be a good opportunity to do it with the engine out. Has anyone removed the gearbox with the engine in situ? It seems like the slightly less daunting option than taking the engine and gearbox out complete. Would appreciate pro's and cons of either method. Thanks, Steve.
    1 point
  28. @GTK Thanks for your kind words. The Excel is definitely going to get more screen time soon, fear not!
    1 point
  29. Neil, its a pop up head lights and wedge thing, but at least you do not have to worry about the esprit rusting !
    1 point
  30. Gearbox ratios here: http://vsic.lotuscars.com/system/files/documents/sn_tda_evora_400_vehicle 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: http://www.cargister.com/calculator-gear-r
    1 point
  31. Mine too, but it's because the tyres are so bloody wide. My XKR did the same.
    1 point
  32. 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)
    1 point
  33. Thanks for the Austin venue date link, Bibs. I will put it on my calendar. "Stubbs" is a great music venue and quite a popular hangout around these here parts.
    1 point
  34. A65 JEX was owned by @Trevsked for a while too
    1 point
  35. 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
    1 point
  36. https://stubbs.frontgatetickets.com/event/9rdsgjicz1jto6vo He's got an amazing voice. We were treated to a 'private performance' (err, rehearsal in the afternoon) and it was stunning!
    1 point
  37. 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."
    1 point
  38. 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.
    1 point
  39. 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.
    1 point
  40. 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
    1 point
  41. Get a few Japanese production engineers into Hethel, that might do it? That is one thing they do VERY well.
    1 point
  42. 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.....
    1 point
  43. 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.
    1 point
  44. Great Pictures Filip i wish i also was there, but one day i will be there, its a trip of 300 KM. but its worth it, i know allready a couple of owners, and its great to be there to make a trip! just a picture from one of mine esprits, :
    1 point

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