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  1. Well, the wrapping has started. This also is a slow process. Once the wrap is completed, then the final carbon fibre accents, rear bumper, rear clam and wing etc get added. The last step will be a final body once over and engine run.
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  2. I was allowed to scan some folders full of photos and brochures from the 70s So I spent all Sunday in front of a scanner, and here's a preview! I'll rename, sort and crop/resize all files and then post it in a gallery/library. If of any interest, I also can offer the full 600 dpi resolution files for download (about 2 GB). As soon as I have some spare time... Now, enjoy!
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  3. Time to register! 2016 400: Metallic grey, tan leather interior, black forged wheels, black brake calipers, auto
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  4. That one reminds me of this from last year's Subercar Outing. We certainly made one gas station owner happy.
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  5. Finally joined the happy throng of you Lotus owners. Evora 400 tucked away in the garage - metallic grey auto with tan interior. Traded in my 600BHP Nissan GT-R so what do I do with the mountain of bags, tools, bits, bobs that won't fit in the Evora? Absolutely adore the Evora, had forgotten what fun corners were! I'm just 10 minutes away from Silverstone so bought it from the dealership there and so happy I did - fabulous customer service. Definitely recommend them. Peter
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  6. Get on with it man! I would have had the battery out of my daily sat in the boot with some jump leads if necessary. You are sooooooo slow patient
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  7. @Straightbend This is what happens when it is all about displacement and poooooowwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaa! As others have said, it's about the package and how it delivers. Funny thing is, that's what I tell all the girls too. Enjoy - I laughed so hard I wet my pants! Tenor here I come.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1lgJ7G2KaY
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  8. If the connectors I'm getting don't work will check out halfords. Had a missing side indicator lense L734 Lucas, easily found on eBay so bought some at a reasonable price. Hope the spares on this are easier to get than the S1! Am waiting till a few days off work then will try starting it after all the usual checks and the terminals arrive.
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  9. Methinks that they are all Porkers...
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  10. "Paul, ask me why they call me Swiss Toni" "Why do they call you that?" "Because I'm built like an alp and rich like a Toblerone"
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  11. Feck off calling my bluff Still... check my bad self with my pimp cane and bling!
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  12. Thanks again Paul Coleman and Mad-Wolf, All of the advice is much appreciated, and to answer your question; No not in it for money at all. The Esprit S1 will be one of my passion projects, have had many wonderful toys over the years a beautiful 1970 Porsche 911, Norton Commandos, 68 Triumph Bonneville. Sold all of them to pay the rent or pay for medical classes. The Esprit will likely be pulled from my cold dying hands. By the way selling this beautiful 1980 Ducati 900SS to help raise funds for the Esprit if anyone is interested. 15,134 miles, just went thru the top end, new valve seats, valve job, combustion chamber resurfaced.
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  13. Fast trip back to France today from Austria, via Germany. 820km in just over 6 hours, including 2 fuel stops and lunch. You've got to love the autobahn. The Germans know how to make things work. I squeezed out 160mph desperately chasing the others but at 201mph the Aventador won the prize. He swept past me and the dirty air was alarming. Still, my Evora was sensational. Seats truly remarkable- no ounce of discomfort and I was sad to arrive. Gentlemen (and ladies) we have a rare and very special car. I'm already counting down the days until I'm having fun in Europe again. Tell you're friends and neighbours to buy a 400. They won't regret it!
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  14. A friend of mine has this for sale in Germany, It's English registered and sure to divide opinion. http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/details.html?id=232909435&secret=bf6b8deb1594a19be9b2e0a0ff7d64f6
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  15. After a search lasting 18 months I'm finally the owner of an Evora. Absolutely over the moon. Wife already bored with me. Spent way over initially set budget but what the hell. Loving it. After 'lurking' for this time hope I can give something back. Tim
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  17. Displacement is just one thing - it is not the answer to everything. Handling, acceleration, cornering agility, driver feedback etc etc ....... you must have the package to have a Sportscar. Otherwise you just have a loud heap of metal. please do feel free to post up some pics of your motors..... @Vanya I've some more - but they are prancers and the like
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  18. Thanks to you all for your appreciation - I've got so much help and so many good tipps, advice and support in this forum regarding my Elite, I'm more than happy to contribute my part to this forum - This is what a community is about, isn't it?
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  19. Holy crap! I've seen a bunch of 4Cs but this really puts things into perspective. (L) Tiny Esprit V8! Your other picture with those brick-shaped vehicles is also classy. The Esprit is simply gorgeous. I love its "it could be an old Mitsubishi lines". The old Stevens design even more so. Incidentally, there's some cracking pictures of the Evora 400 over in that models picture thread where one chap went on a European Tour together with an Aventador, Porsche something (911, Cayman??) and a 918. I don't dislike the Evora 400, but in that company, I just wanted to instantly buy an Aventador - it was the only car of the lot that looked the part. The rest were "meh", or, the result of chasing accessibility and driver friendliness. Too tall, too bulky. Granted only 2 of the 4 in that gang were meant to be supercars but still.... it's always nice to be able to head over here and revisit times of yore when Lotus had a bona-fide Supercar in its line-up. More pictures Barry!!!!! Keep 'em coming!
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  20. I can understand cleaning out the store cupboard, but shutting down the motorsport and R&D divisions does not seem to make any sense to me. They're revenue streams.
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  21. As Bibs posted above, successive Teams have moved in and sold off the companies history from cars to moulds, to tooling, to pictures and paintings (When MJK took over in 2006 he only found one design drawing left from the last 40 years and that was his drawing of the Europa TC. He also didn't find any of Colin till he had some old store cupboards searched which produced 2 from memory). They also got rid of all old brochures, swatches, pictures of the factory, many of the old parts (the Chrome trim off the Elite windows all went to a scrap merchant)......need I go on? Cause I can. You go to any Car maker in the world, especially Performance car makers and they all have museums and warehouses full of their history and cars. Not so Lotus. I don't see much pride anymore and if the company doesn't have pride in it's history then how are the employees, customers and general public supposed to?
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  22. Waiting for some EBay connectors to come. They have bolt on connectors on each terminal. Which ford ones did you use? When I get some spare time will remake the rear loom and get rid of all these bits using the wiring diagram.
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  23. Eureka! No not Archimedes in the bath, much better than Archimedes principle, a fitting Esprit Turbo battery!?????have noted the battery tray need a slight repair so will have to remove and fibreglass. Battery was £52 from Euro Car parts, bargain! 075 S4 and didn't have to do any sawing! But what is this bad boy??? It's linked to the Alarm buy one wire. Then other box is definitely an Alarm as there is a transmitter aerial on it. The Alarm is grafted into the loom, maybe factory fitted? Or maybe a very good alarm installer?I look forward to removing it all and reducing weight, Colin would be proud!
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  24. A 'handsome Irish/Greek'? Surely it is easier to find a unicorn?
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  25. Drop me a line if you want to have a go/passenger.
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  26. You make a valid point, I'll think it over :-) Trevor.
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  27. Hi David Well in that case you should be aware of the costs and work involved.. However if this is your first Esprit be prepared for a few surprises. Back to the Engine.. I have twiddled a spanner on the odd one or two and would suggest the best option would be full strip and rebuild , this will eliminate all areas of concern.. Anything less will leave doubts.. As engines go they are very good but do have their little quirks.. When built well will serve well, when just played with can give you all sorts of head aches.. Its pointless restoring the Esprit and not doing the donkey.. The seals and gaskets will leak if not done and the bearings will show ware , particularly #1 main ( top) . You can not asses the bores and rings without stripping and the cam followers will all need replacing.. You may even find cracks in the odd one or two.. if it has stood a long time you may wish to check the conformity of the valve springs as well.. also the guides.. As you see the list can go on and on.. It really comes down to what you want from the final product,
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  28. Is that your bentley in the picture @Barrykearley? Is it a Brooklands? Love the big old beasts Looked for a long time at a turbo s in auction a few weeks ago.
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  29. I get it! I really do! trump is a twat of the first order. But I also think that the Democrats to criticise him is laughable seeing as their candidate supported her husband after he abused his position to take advantage of young women AND then attacked the young women for their attitude and "Loose morals". Oh no. No one is clean in this Presidential election and American politics needs a MAJOR shake up!
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  30. Normally I would say change the belt and get it running to find out how it runs. But if you got the body off and doing a full resto I would take the engine out and do the lot. Getting the engine out when the car is finished with nice paint and all would make you curse! Buddsy
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  32. Yep. And if we want to talk about fun, in the fun department the 4C is a lot more fun than the Cayman. But that is not a hard task.
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  33. I have finally found and Esprit S1 available for purchase locally. What I do know about the car? it ran when parked nearly 30 years ago, the front windshield is cracked and the current owner has removed it, When last drove He felt that maybe a motor mount broke and parked it, tore out pretty much all of the interior including the dash board. He does have everything that was taken out. The car does currently have the original Zenith Stromberg carbs. This car was stored in a garage for the last 30 years, the body is straight and has only one small cracked spot just above the front bumper I have restored several Vintage British Motorcycles and enjoy the process, I do realize this hardly qualifies me as a Esprit Restoration Expert. However, I am seriously considering pulling the trigger and buying this car for $10,000. I know I am gonna have to pull the engine and go thru it replace all belts, and whatever else needs to be done; valves, resurface the heads and what not. I will of course have to sort out the interior and source out a windshield and have it installed.. My question to you is do you think I am completely out of my mind?
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  34. Fixed it for you @JayEmm.
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  35. As far as I know, the one at KT got a performance upgrade (470+ hp and new suspension setup) and went to its owner a couple of days ago ...
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  36. As above - the 400 is very quiet and civilised if you want it to be. It's no exec saloon, but my friends with 911s say it is noticeably better than their cars. @Bibs have any customer 3-11s been delivered yet? I expect customers of those will be much less philosophical about the exhaust noise issue
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  37. LCE at a chilly Le Mans this weekend...
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  38. Without wanting to continue this talk about Ferrari's superiority versus anything else, I'll say that many Ferraris are not used, they are exercised once in a while. For some cars, there comes a time, when the risk of wrecking it and the Money subsequently involved, are greater that the joy of riding it as it's meant to.No doubt, Ferrari, like many otheres, do make superb cars, and they too have gone through a development during the last 50 years, in terms of build quality, fit, finish, equipment, driving abilities, performance etc. I remember looking at a 308 and a 348 (competitors to my Esprit) when looking for a sportscar, and I wasn't convinced about their performance, (Esprit faster by a fair margin), not to mention their roadholding and the same goes for the 911's, their assembly quality with lots of philips head screws, twisted instrumentation panels (by heat), and for example sill assembly, button quality (308 and 348), seat support (Esprit far more supportive), and engine reliability. Think of all the crankcases that have passed by as twisted in 911's and loss of power and oil consumption and clutches, rotten bodies etc. on both, just to name a few things. I took the Esprit, offering better performance, simlar or better build quality, more advanced Construction, better interrior (simple effective) and rarer more beautiful looks. When I read about Ferrari, they are always spoken of as fragile, sensitive, having a temper, and to be frank, Porsche are spoken of as the total opposite. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle. That said, lotus have not put as many funds into developing interrior and logics of dismanteling etc, their cars, as say Ferrari have done for a number of years. But even Porsche with it's, at some times, almost unlimited amount of developmental funds, have been found to be subject to bloddy knuckles, an entertaining vocabulary etc. when working on the cars. As have Ferrari. And I will guess, but that is purely a guess, that there are more Ferrari owners, who have their car serviced at a specialist workshop, than Esprit owners. That over time, creates a Little different Picture of the brand and it's abilities, assembly quality etc. By my point is a little different. I think there are a number of cases, and you can imagine yourself how many, where Ferrari and Porsche owners spare their car, doesn't put it to Work, and restrain themselves for the sake of sparing the cars, thereby not subjecting their car to the twisting and handleing that over time develops rattleing and similar. That's totally fine by me, but it won't give a true picture. The other point is, and I am likewise going on thin ice here , that Ferrari and Porsche owners are subdueing the true nature and histories of their brands meaning, that they certainly don't like to share stories of how often and how their cars break Down, thereby twisting the stories told about the marque to be a somewhat different one than on Lotus, who on the contrary have been maybe even too frank about it. An example. North of Copenhagen have been a small workshop for Porsche for some decades. Only 911's. Only aircooled. In public, they are spoken of as being totally reliable, an everyday sportscar, no errors in design, no advanced contstruction, that can break Down etc. That one man in his workshop, spent 30 years correcting crankcases that twisted on aircooled 911's. 30 years of doing the very same job every single day. Unfortunately, he have now passed away, but Porsche owners have much to thank him for. Many many engines have been through his hands, working on them to be straight Again (or rather mods so that the crankshaft doesn't Wear it's bearings out prematurely because of a bent crankcase), and prematurely destroyed engine chains, tensioners etc. But the owners keep it a total secret, never talking about it. Then here I am with my Esprit, going to a late Summer classical car meet, where I am the only Esprit driver. A lot of Porsches and a Ferrari owner as well. They all tell the stories of lots of trouble, usually serious. And they don't mention their own cars inherrent problems. They are in my eyes not honest about the cars. The public licking every Word up, that they can. Well, I don't mind, but the real World is a different story. And while I would be sorry if my Esprit broke Down, I would seek advice, and repair it. Because I trust my Esprit. And it takes all the beating I can throw at it, without moaning. And frankly, the Lotus cars have alway been about the driving. Not always sowith regards to the Porsche and Ferrari. In honesty, I like them all and certainly no rant intented If Lotus can remake the Esprit, ia m sure history wil once Again show a superb drivers car. A true sportscar, not a showoff, not a roomy Family transporter, not a velvet glove. But a sportscar. That's what I want anyway. Kind regards, Jacques.
    1 point
  39. My comparison Spa times wont be fair - I was there only once (my first time ever) and I only had the morning dry on Corsas (not Trofeo) in traffic... ended up with a very low 3 min time ... With two more days there this year and hopefully better weather I hope to get closer to the cars potential. I know that a good driver (not a pro) can supposedly do a 2:42 time in the EX460 ... My Bilster Berg time will be a much better comparison - I think I am within a couple of seconds of the standard V6 CRs potential (for an amateur driver) there with my 1:581 ... hope I can break 1:55 with the EX460 ... Track Record for street legal cars is 1:467 ... I have a XGPS150 and use Harrys Laptimer to time ... works very well ... Thanks!!! Will keep you posted!
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  40. It's the only show on TV that makes me cry... so its not just me then
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  41. John, There is a UK tv show called "Car SOS". It's like Overhaulin, and people write in and tell the team about old duffers with cars that they always intended to restore or finish, but the restoration has stalled because of illness, or caring for their terminally ill parnter/child etc etc The show is fronted by two amiable chaps: One's called Tim Shaw who's the logistics guy, and the others called Fuzz Townsend, who is the mechanic. (Fuzz used to play the drums in a Band called "Pop Will Eat Itself" back in the early 90's.) The team turn up, steal the car from its storage place, and take it away and finish the restoration, before setting up some elaborate ruse for the unveiling of the car to the shocked and unsuspecting owner. It's the only show on TV that makes me cry... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_SOS http://www.channel4.com/programmes/car-sos
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  42. Is it not all relative if you view it as hobby rather than an investment? For instance, the average UK football ( no it's not call soccer! ) fan with a season ticket will attend 30 games a year ( home and away, cup games etc ) at a rough cost circa of circa £2.8k per year (season ticket, travel, food & drink, kit etc.). That's £30k over 10 years cost out. No asset or cash back. A competitive cyclist will pay on average £4k for a race bike ( £2k to £8k range ). They will also have a training bike, probably another bike ( MTB, TT etc ) and then need clothing and race entry fees and travel to events, repairs, replacement parts etc. This is easily £4k per annum so £40k over 10 years cash out. Limited asset value left or cash back. You buy a wreck of an S1 Esprit for £10k. You spend £40k on restoring it and a further £3k per year on top to run it ( including the resto years were it does not run. So 10 year expenditure is £80k but then you have something that in 10 years from now, based on scarcity and current price trends worth what £50 - £60k? Maybe a lot more in ten years especially as at those resto costs you have an A1 condition car. I'm sure I saw a white fully restored S1 with tartan interior up for sale at £60k already this year!!!. So what, £100k in 10 years? So Herbert. Man maths show the Esprit resto as a hobby is better for your pocket in the long term. Now. Man maths done. Have you bought it yet?
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  43. There's an easy fix for anyone not happy with cars appreciating in value - just buy one that depreciates, there are plenty of those about! Also feel free to start a 'prices plummeting' thread. That should help us all deal with the daily misery coming from Aleppo and elsewhere! I've lost money on every car I've bought to date so if I did at least get my money back in the event of a sale (a £10k increase is effectively that when you take maintenance and running costs into account), that would be a first and would certainly help to justify any future purchases with the Commandant! Esprits were late to the classic car party and still have a way to go. I don't think we're anywhere near the point where they are so valuable that people are getting precious about them yet. However I think it's great that they are now worth preserving, restoring and maintaining properly. Part of the reason Esprit prices were kept low was because there were so few really well maintained examples. There are many more pages devoted to how great Esprits are to drive, these are easy to ignore if they are not to anyone's liking. I'd like to add that I believe that everyone here is 'in it for the right reasons' I don't think we have anyone here that could be considered a money-obsessed speculator. We all love the cars and did so long before values picked up. I certainly can't see anyone 'running for the classifieds to offload' any time soon. I understand the frustration caused by car speculators and appreciate that there are downsides to all this which have also been widely discussed on this thread, but I don't think this forum is where you'll find anyone deserving of that accusation.
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  44. Well done on the decision, but offer a couple of grand less cos the steering wheel's on the wrong side. That's gonna cost a bit to fix. ;-)
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  45. I think the only real looser in this campaign will be the American public sadly
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  46. "None of the above"?
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  47. I couldn't vote for either of them. This has to be the worst election EVER! not that it matter who votes for who because, at the end of the day, the President has very little power without the support of the Houses. Ask Obama with his healthcare bill!
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  48. It's valued at £1600 for a start. The man hours and costs that went into making it were much more than that and it's also an irreplaceable piece of History, commissioned by the most famous team at Lotus ever and built by a team no longer in existance. Frankly, and my view is matched by a couple of those who commissioned and used it, after I sent the link, it is just as bad as selling the James Bond car for £10k and disposing of all the other company heritage that was collected over the years only to be chucked in the 90's and naughties. (and it will prob be replaced with something "modern" from Ikea!
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  49. Bumped into 'Jenny' again yesterday at a car show in Windsor yesterday and spent 20 mins talking about her friend DT. She kept saying what amazing parties he threw and how effectively he was Mr Monaco back in the day. She talked about some of the special china pieces he had made for the dinner parties (some of which I've seen for sale at Donnington). I did press her a little about what he's up to now but she said she had no idea but thought he was still in Paris (if he's still around). She did say that having been made bankrupt he lost everything which would suggest his Essex car had gone but you never know. I was left with the impression that she might have known a bit more but diplomatically side stepped some questions. A lovely lady who must have a very interesting past.
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