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  1. Ok here are my thoughts...please excuse writing style /ramblings. I'd turned into a stuttering idiot by the time I'd got out of the car Lotus Exige Sport 380 As I'm sure many of you will know, I'm an avid fan of cars made by a certain manufacturer in Stuttgart. Indeed, my main mode of transport is a Cayman R. A car that I have had for almost 5 years now, which is the longest car ownership period I have ever had in around 26yrs of driving, which speaks volumes for how good I think this car is. To say I like the Cayman R is a massive understatement. I think it's one of the best-judged road cars I've ever driven. It's firm but not overly so, it's quite comfy, it has a magnificent engine and it holds its own on track. One key area of weakness is the brakes but I've upgraded mine which has helped a lot. And it's the Cayman that I take to the rendezvous with the Sport 380. The drive down to Bell and Colvill was without drama, I'm so familiar with the car now, it's like pulling on an old pair of trusty boots. The Cup 2s on my car were warm enough to keep things sensible and I don't think I'd ever get bored of that flat 6 howl when the road opens up. Now, I didn't know that I was actually going to drive the 380, I just wanted to take a look. But Jamie (of Bell & Colvill) being the great gent that he is had organised for me to have the car for 30mins or so all to myself. I've lived in Surrey for almost all my life, so know the roads around here very well. I wanted a route that would allow a bit of the twisty stuff, a bit of cruisy stuff and a bit of towny stuff, that would take 30mins or so (traffic depending). I had to think fast though as I didn't want to eat into my time with the car. I decided on a loop, down the A25 into Dorking (past Newlands Corner). That would be the twisty bit, into Dorking would be the towny bit back up the A24 for the cruisy bit (past Ryker's cafe), then back past Bookham and into West Horsley for the final mix of towny and twisty. First surprise was that I know the car, it's Lotus' test car, the one from the vids on the Lotus website. It's already switched on and burbling away nicely. Now I've read a lot about how much of a pain in the ass it is to get inside the Exige but I don't notice any awkwardness. One leg in, sit, swing other leg over the sill and I'm in. And my first thought was "wow, this looks great!" simple, yes but beautiful in its simplicity. I'm a sucker for Alcantara, so love the seats and the view out of the front is incredible, like seeing something in widescreen for the first time. No irritating glares, rattles or squeaks, so far, just a nice place to do business. And boy does this thing do business. The clutch is light enough, the gearshift about as close to perfection as you'd want (feels like an open gate Ferrari manual looks, if you know what I mean) and then we're off. Driving off I was aware of an increased physical effort to turn the steering wheel, once moving, it's fine though and I won't think about this again for some time. My first actual driving impressions are in no particular order "oh my god I can feel everything, this car is small, ride is very good, slightly firmer than the Cayman R but tauter too, sounds good, throttle response is good!" There's a slow moving car in front, but I'm not bothered I'm lost in an abundance of tactility and just savouring the delights of this new Lotus. As the road becomes a dual carriageway, I decide to overtake, no gear change, just pin the throttle (car is already up to temp, I checked) and the Sport 380 surges forward at an alarming rate, pull over to the left hand lane and wait patiently at the traffic light. The light goes green and I turn left onto the A25 and once past the national speed limit sign, decide to hoof it in second. The noise is incredible, the scenery just goes blurry and oh dear that corner's coming up a lot faster than I expected, better brake. But surprisingly I brake too much and now feel like a wuss, could have taken that a lot faster. Past Newlands Corner, stunning view and all that but I've no time to drink it in as I usually do, there's work to do here, the little Sport 380 scythes through bends, carving perfect arcs through the corners and then on the straight, you get to hear that fabulous exhaust note as you punch through the gears, it's addictive stuff. Now coming into Gomshall village, so slow to a pootle, there are a few cars and a motorbike in front but it's no bother. This is one of those cars that lets you drive as you want. If you want to drive slowly, you can, it's not like a Nissan GTR, where the damping doesn't settle until about 50MPH, so you feel you have to drive at least that fast everywhere! No in the Sport 380, if you want to take a chill pill, it's happy to oblige, which for such a track oriented car was a really nice surprise. I let the cars in front get some distance and then go for it again. The sheer pace of the Sport 380 never gets old, I'm giggling to myself and the noise has attracted the attention of the biker who's clearly trying to get a better look. Oh no there's a crater in the road deep enough to see beelzebub waking from his snooze "this is going to hurt" but no the Lotus just takes it in its stride, the pot hole barely registers as a shrug. Slow down again for the village of Westcott and as we enter Dorking there's a traffic jam. Whilst sat in the traffic jam I take a look around the cabin. "Where will I put my GoPro for track days?" I conclude it will just have to be stuck onto the window behind me. I also notice there's a small tray you can use to put stuff in. It might move but the car is so small, you can easily reach the other side. I'm also loving the driving position, you're sat very low but it just makes the experience more of an event. I opt to avoid Dorking town centre and turn left to take the back route to the A24. It's at the mini roundabout that I once again feel the heft of the steering wheel, not a problem though and I'm off again down the A24 at 50MPH and the Sport 380 is perfectly comfy. It's a bit noisy, but I don't mind that, the car is cruising along happily, steering chatting away happily in the background like a lovable over-enthusiastic child and even this, dullest of the dull driving is still enjoyable in the Sport 380. I'm not sure how I'd feel after several hours of this but the 5 or so minutes in this state were absolutely fine and I reckon I'd still be enjoying it after 60 minutes. And on to the last leg, time is running short now, so I decide to overtake some cars up the hill. "Shit!" Some idiot in a Nissan Qashqai has pulled out in front of me but the brakes are easily up to the task, the Sport 380 pulls up so sharply, I'm still 10metres behind the Nissan. Anyway, eventually go past the Nissan and continue back towards West Horsley, where the Sport 380 goes on to confound my expectations, pulling harder than I expected, going around corners, faster than I expected (who needs brakes) and just going about its business in an absolutely fuss free manner but all the while drawing you into the process of driving. I turn back into Bell and Colvill both elated and saddened. Elated because this is finally a Lotus that I genuinely believe I could live with, saddened because this wonderful experience has come to an end. The Lotus Exige Sport 380 is undoubtedly one of the best cars I have ever driven, I desperately want one, I want to drive it on a race track, I want my kids to experience it, I just want it. So was there anything I didn't like? In a word, "No". The extremely slight criticisms I have are: The throttle response could be sharper, it's good but it's not razor sharp. Heel and toe-ing is not quite as intuitive as it could be, when I blip it doesn't register as well as it could, so I have to remember to do big blips to get the desired response. It does sound incredible (but the Porsche still sounds better from inside). Outside, it's a hands down win for the Lotus but as I can't both drive the car and hear it from the outside, that's still a slight issue. Other than that, it's absolutely spot on - love it to bits, want one, need the cash now to buy one! is it the best car I've ever driven bar none? I think for me to even be thinking that demonstrates what a fabulous car this Sport 380 is. But alas, no it isn't the best car I've ever driven. That singular privilege belongs to a Porsche (surprise, surprise) the 911 GT3RS 4.0. It's chassis is just as communicative as the Lotus but the engine is a triumphant masterpiece that very few cars can get close to, let alone better. There are some cars that are actually better in this respect such as the mclaren F1, Carrera GT, Zonda to name but a few but the Lotus isn't one of them. However, I do concede that the driving experience is better than my car in all respects bar the engine. The Sport 380 is about as close to driving perfection you can get from a car straight out of the box - well done Lotus! It's exactly what I want from a car. Get in, drive to track day, kick everything's Arse at said track day (apart from other Lotus and Radicals) then drive home. Job done.
    7 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Well that's us finally made it - the Esprit has been delivered.......and only realised on the way through I'd managed to pick Fri 13th as the day to do it!!! All good though - work should begin next week. Will report back when I know more
    4 points
  4. @Nifty that's is brilliant thank you. I was only researching the car two hours ago and read about the 15 parameters and the development at Cranfield. I am now getting a list together of all the component manufacturers which is great so your post has helped already. The plan is to get the engine out, belts changed etc. Get the engine in the car and also the interior dials replaced and then get a ex lotus engineer who said he can get the hydraulics working (did it a team lotus) to look at it. Once he has seen the car then will see how many other people expertise I will have to lean on. They might be a great help in future. The forum really is a helpful places. I have had some great people offer to help. Thank you all
    3 points
  5. What a great piece of history to rescue. I read through this thread just a couple of days ago, having revisited TLF after a long absence (other aspects of life taking me away from my cars). Lo and behold, by sheer coincidence, last night a chap in the Lotus 7 Club posted a link to the Top Gear episode and it transpires that he was one of the Lotus engineers on the hydraulics working alongside Cranfield. He posted this snippet: Then another L7C member replied with this: If you're interested Stuart I could put you in touch with these chaps
    3 points
  6. Top of the rear seats were faded very badly, the sun is strong here in the western USA. The door panels were cracked, the filler was braking down and also faded along the top edge from sun. The front seats were terrible, hard as concrete and poor colour matching. Took a lot of stripping and sanding to get them back to the original leather. Lots of layers of Gliptone sprayed on to recolour. I did them in summer when the leather was nice and warm so it absorbed the dye and the water evaporated quickly. Lovely and supple now. Will see if I can find some photos.
    3 points
  7. I used Gliptone to the restore the leather in a number of my Astons. Preparation was the key, thinners were great for getting the leather back to original so they could be dyed with a water based dye like Gliptone. Some numpty had reconnolised them and sprayed and filled the leather. I dismantled all the pieces, cleaned them properly, removed all the crap and then sprayed them. The results were fantastic, colour filled in on all of the faded areas on top of the panels where sun gets at them. For 40 year old leather they look amazing, even better it's original.
    3 points
  8. I do love it when the postmans delivered
    3 points
  9. That'll be the effect caused by @Buddsy being round the back of the moon with his massive torch, trying to prove that man never landed there in 1969!
    3 points
  10. Hello as said above I bought the car from a dealer in Kingswood (up the hill from Croydon!) for £33k. The owner of the dealership was friends with Ansar so sold it on sale or return for him after he left Lotus. I sold it 2 years later on sale or return for about the same money. It was a great car, especially the colour, In the sunlight it looked amazing. As Colin said I added barge boards and a 2ubular exhaust during my ownership. I have now gone back to a S1 Elise, I had to get one as close to motorsport green as I could, I am thinking of changing the wheel colour to match my old Evora
    3 points
  11. I did mention the registry on the first page - and I did start to merge the records
    3 points
  12. Hello Dave. It was not meant to be a criticism, I think you guys are doing a brilliant job and well done, I absolutely understand how much work is involved in these things. My bemusement was the starting point/location in terms of eventually having to merge all of the "new" register info in to what is already in the Registry. But as you say, you didn't know about it It's all good, we are all in this together
    3 points
  13. 3 points
  14. Anyone else got one?!
    2 points
  15. I looked at a dry sump Turbo down in Surrey about 4-5 years ago, being sold through a small dealer /chancer. It was on an X plate and was painted (loose term) in a silvery blue colour with a black hide interior. The engine smoked like a chimney and the whole condition of the car was well below the asking price. Did contemplate an offer but decided not to be so stupid, for once !!
    2 points
  16. I might be a bit biased as i am an acutal customer and have an EX460 but here are my 5 cents: KT has an excellent reputation in the German Lotus community for a very long period of time already. In particular the track focused few Lotus drivers here in Germany tend to go nowhere else than to KomoTec. They have won the prestigious German Tuner Grand Prix several times (a lap time contest of tuners in Germany on the Hockenheim Ring - officially hosted) going back as far as the MK1 Exige. Before I did my upgrade I was very sceptic about the quality and durability ... despite their good reputation ... and asked a lot of questions. I also insisted on a before/aftert dyno test (normally they only do an after).... Now, after having been through the whole process and after having watched them what they do both with regards to the development/engineering work they do as well as to the actual installation ... I do not think I would go anywhere else... the live and breath Lotus... day and night. I hope they will continue to go down this path and really move on in a similar direction like Schnitzer for BMW but w/o the arrogance please (I also own an Schnitzer ACS4 btw ...) Right now in fact their are doing wind tunnel testing for a new Exige Track Aero Kit...
    2 points
  17. I have seen some of Nicks work which was carried out on a friend's S1. 100G no less and it was brilliant. Distance may be an issue for me though, so we have sourced a few local guy's who are expert's in vehicle interior restoration, leather being the most popular. One in particular, never advertises but specialises in RR restoration's and obviously does fantastic work. For paintwork I have a local guy who I have used for the past 10 year's and does a pretty good job. We now also have a tie in with MM Autospray in Purely. Michael, the proprietor and specialist is, a very particular guy and fussy is his byname. For example, if he were to do an Esprit, he demands the car for a minimum of three month's, he is used to working with glass fiber and understands the need for it too breath and properly cure between each process, hence his time requirements. So that kind of covers both ends of the country. We can have mechanical and paint work completed up here, or make recommendations for people further South safe in the knowledge that we will know the end product should be a perfect outcome. At the end of the day it will be down to budget and how far a customer wants to take it. In the next day or two we will have confirmation of a very special car which is being repatriated from the States and if this one comes off then it will be a fantastic testament to what we should be able to achieve working with known specialist's in their own field to give a perfect result. All will be revealed soon, and the story how this come about will be of a bit of a surprise to many, myself included.
    2 points
  18. I'm with you @alias23. It looks to me like Komotec ACTUALLY put in real effort to engineer a complete solution, one that is properly integrated and works! I don't believe I've seen a real complaint from a real KT customer but seen a bit of negativity/disbelief from those that aren't. Don't understand it really. It feels like they're becoming to Lotus what Alpine or Schnitzer are to BMW. Personally think we should encourage them to continue down a quality path.
    2 points
  19. Alan I never took it as a criticism and agree the main Register is the way forward, the joy of forums is opinions and different views which makes for good reading for the whole community. In life if we all had the same ideals thinking the same way it would be a pretty boring existence. ? My point was only that lots of this info which Jonny, myself and Dan started to assemble was a way to collate information specific to a few questions you keep seeing about how many Dry Sump cars, Comps, BBS, radios, Essex etc and to understand when the changes were made including when Dry went to Wet. The Register would not show that clear route unless those fields were added and separated. Chris did post it on page one after we started but unfortunately only a few cars were shown as dry Sump and the chassis numbers were mixed with the S2.2 and S3. Richard has put a lot of work into capturing the Wet Sump cars which will certainly help the main register also, doing the mini satalite tables can only be a bonus to the overall cause as being proactive chasing down the information rather than wait for it to arrive keeps the thread alive and in the forefront. I know I would be happy to get involved as an editor on the main Register chasing cars....starting to sound like Wayne Carini! ? To everyone who does spends time keeping, contributing and setting up the registers for all to use and enjoy I applaud your commitment. ???? Dave
    2 points
  20. Andy, your getting confused in your senior years. Its Deep Fried Mars Bars and Iron Bru my friend. I did resort to a can of Red Bull, bloody disgusting stuff. Costa extra strong coffee work's fine for me. The best part is when we got home the electrics were so soaked and covered in ice and snow that she would't start so we had to push her of the trailer. Typical bloody Lotus, don't you just love em.
    2 points
  21. Barry you need to buy this one then and do a Barry Kearly does it again thread
    2 points
  22. thanks! The colour combo has really grown on me, have a nice set of these going on it and some black barge boards to finish it off... once the clam is on.. the shiny bits keep me motivated
    2 points
  23. Not so much snow over here.
    2 points
  24. Indeed. Not that I'm trying to prevent anyone creating more registers, just trying to save someone the work in doing so.
    2 points
  25. Jalpa for me too. Ever since they were new. Silver with rear wing please, like the one I saw at a Lamborghini Owners Club track day at Mallory Park in 1987. I think they only made 54 Jalpas in RHD, so much rarer than the rival Ferrari 308/328 everyone else wanted. A guy who comes to classic car events near us has the very first Silhouette (Jalpa's 3 litre predecessor).
    2 points
  26. 3 Grey market cars that came to the USA via Switzerland. US importer wouldn't bring them in so they were sourced through the back door. Painted Essex Blue in the USA after arrival but with all the Essex bits on them from the factory. Not official Essex cars, but identical in all respects. 1 Full Essex including the Blue paint came in as well and was sold by Loose, 10307, but not recognised by factory. 10325 was also meant to be shipped but the deal fell through with Lotus before it could ship.
    2 points
  27. Sorry Marc...late to this and Barry has you covered anyway. It sounds to me like a NOT bargain. A "free" lift will cost you a load to get in place and then you've just got an old lift. I bought a 4 post lift new from Intern BV in 2008. It was a group buy on Pistonheads and he dropped his price to £1300 delivered - always worth speaking to him, nice Dutch bloke (good English speaker) and looking for a deal. There are others at shows like the NEC Classic. Similar to this http://www.garage-apparatuur.com/int-208-1 - engels a.htm Fitted it myself, because it doesn't really require much "fitting" but it is ridiculously heavy so ingenuity needed to lift the bits into place as well as brute power. The lift is single phase electric / hydraulic. I wired it onto its own circuit in the Consumer Unit to a 16 amp RCBO and its been no trouble. Before we fitted our heat pump I looked at getting three phase. Western Power wanted more than £10k just to change the transformer on the nearest pole...then we'd have had the cost of them laying 100m of new underground cable etc. to get from there to the Barn so I decided against. One key difference on my lift to most others is that they are all fixed via huge rawl bolts into the concrete floor. Mine sits on top of the slab. Included were 4 castor trollies. If I lower the lift onto these trollies it lifts itself off the floor and I can roll it anywhere I like in the barn. It was really useful when I put the ceiling up - just kept moving the thing around and then lifted me and my next 8x4 sheet up to joist level to nail it into position. The downside of that is that its not as rigid which looks a bit disconcerting at times. Its also got a 3 ton limit which isn't enough for the Rangie. But as an extra parking space for a Lotus and a brilliant working platform its been ideal. (NB Pic from 2009 - barn is now full and a tip, but still one of my favourite places!)
    2 points
  28. Finished 'blacking out' the rear end: But I should probably give a bit of feedback on the more important modification - the exhaust! For the record, it is the 'full' Komotec system - headers/manifolds, stainless steel y-pipe, 200 cell cat and valved silencer/backbox. Once it had been fitted (more on that later), my first impressions were a bit mixed, if I'm honest. Performance-wise (from the seat of my pants), the car definitely feels quicker and it is much more willing to rev through the range. However, aurally, I was still a bit underwhelmed. I suppose that I was hoping for a noise/sound closer to the 400 but, in hindsight, it's probably better that it isn't that loud. We all know that the 400 (and the 2bular valved system) soundcheck at 108dB or more. This is too much for most trackdays in the UK, which is an issue for me. Last week, this system was static tested (with the valve open) at Snetterton at 98dB. So, no worries there. Anyway, although the car 'felt' faster, was there actually any improvement? I'm happy to report that there was: With the OEM system, the car was producing 316bhp (calculated FHP). This is now up to 332bhp. It doesn't sound like a huge improvement, but you can certainly feel it in the car. When I bought the car, I was advised by the vendor (and a couple of other specialists) that the car would probably need a remap in order to avoid any EMLs. Other specialists said that this might not be needed. If you weren't already aware, the stock Toyota/Lotus ECU can adjust fueling +/-30%. I can report that on my car, the ECU has managed to cope so far. It hasn't produced a single EML or fault code and I have been monitoring MAF, intake temps and command AFR via a Torque Pro app. Everything is in order (so far). However, I have no doubt that with a different intake and a bespoke map, the power and torque could be increased even further. Aurally, there has definitely been a change. The note and tone has changed quite a bit, particularly above 5k rpm. However, I feel that the Evora is just naturally quite good at keeping most of this away from the driver, even with both windows down. Some of us went for a quick blast on our way down to the BTCC at Snetterton yesterday and everyone who was following said that it sounded great. Here's a short recording that I made recently: Komotec Full.m4a There are also plenty of pops and crackles on the overrun. So, is that it in terms of modifications? Nope, probably not. Watch this space for the next stage.
    2 points
  29. Yawn I know a compulsive serial Esprit owner when I see one. There's loads on this forum. Don't deny your inner urges Barry. It's a perfectly normal admission, like bisexuality or a fetish for chickens. Oops, sorry...
    1 point
  30. So that's just a Turbo Esprit, an S4, and S4s, an Essex, a JPS, an S1, an S2, an SE, an S300, an S350 and an O2/Final Edition to get through now then. Should all be done by next January I reckon
    1 point
  31. Cuda AAR for a daily Lamborghini Bravo for the weekend.
    1 point
  32. To clarify if needed my saying, I didn't say KT is not giving what they promise... I will even have a EX370 kit fitted in one week ! What I say is that the promised gain (let's say +80hp for the EX430) is probably respected (it was at least on those I know), but that the starting point is often not 345, but rather 320/325... of course, there are always variations in automotive production, and some supercharged 3.5 engines may produce the expected 345bhp, but all the ones I know that were dynoed didn't ... once again, I'll have my car dynoed before/after, and I'll let you know, good or bad ! let's go back to the original topic : the 380 !
    1 point
  33. As far as I know no-one with a 400 has yet developed a solution. I expect one will happen, Lotus were meant to have one a long time ago but instead they keep finding the time to make all these fancy new carbon fibre bits we didn't ask for, and a Titanium version of the exhaust... but not the track-legal version which is the thing we really need
    1 point
  34. Barry you need to update your details as it still lists on your details under your rooster picture the 98 v8, Get the S3 on there pronto and be proud to be a member of the elite G owners club,
    1 point
  35. Hi Andy , I've had a 997.1 GT3 CS with PCCB's and now have an Evora 400. Also had 3 caterhams. The GT3 is a great car but I personally found the only way I got a buzz from the car was by driving it hard, at which time youre risking a ban. At normal speeds I found it similar to any other 911, and although nice I got bored of it pretty quick. Sold it within 9 months. This was back in 2012 from memory and back then I only got low £50's for the car. RS versions at £70k hung around for months. When I see the prices now I just laugh as the car hasn't suddenly become a better car, it's just the speculators bumping the prices up. All that said if you were tracking the car, it would come into its own. Personally never did that. Im now 6 months into ownership of the Evora (have had a S1 Evora S and Exige V6S previous) and still love the car. At normal speeds on public roads it's just makes you smile and the noise from the 400 is epic. I can imagine the 410 just takes it to another level. I keep avoiding popping to central lotus to test drive one, to save my wallet Best thing is to get a test drive hope that helps and feel free to ask anymore questions. Dave
    1 point
  36. My wife just found Jet in the laundry basket: So cats CAN read...
    1 point
  37. Thanks for that Stephen, it's a good start. I've got quite a few brochures but they are a little vague. I have a paint colour swatch sheet but nothing re. interior trim colours.
    1 point
  38. That is not slagging off at all, in fact quite a polite way of listing the bad points on this car , I can imagine exactly what the dealer was like, just another muppet who thinks that the car is worth a fortune no matter how bad the condtion. Sounds like this car will be left on that fore court for the long distant future then, such a shame for the car , I suppose they could of made a balls up on a trade in maybe and have a fair bit of money tied up in the car ? Having seen the underside of plenty of v8s on here over the years and seeing the price of the spares, i think your offer was pretty healthy and respectful also At least you will have pre warned any one on here who was considering looking at this car by posting your findings on here, and if you had of bought that one, you would not of bought the silver one of Barrys, which is the best colour for any esprit i might add, except a chrome orange esprit GT3 that is Everything happens for a reason
    1 point
  39. We have actually been and seen, we had planned to buy it several months ago. As some of you know, we're not scared of a Lotus in need of TLC, BUT without being rude, in my opinion - take it as you will, as I said, it's my opinion! - it was absolutely not worth it's money due to overall poor condition underneath; not due to it having been abused (not been thrashed or worn out any more than you'd expect) but age. All bushes were very perished, engine bay needed a serious overhaul, the brakes had not been used in a very long time, all brake lines were very old and IMO would need replacing ASAP, brake discs needed replacing as worn out and rusty after all the time on the forecourt. I love the colour combo, the green with the magnolia interior looks stunning, interior was very good condition. But to make that car a good, useable V8 you'd need to do a heck of a lot more than just a service. It's realistically a rolling project - not too bad but not really useable. I wouldn't be put off by this, other than I personally wouldn't pay the value for a car that needed what this one does. I cannot vouch for the engine as I didn't even start it knowing how long it had been since having a new cambelt (8-9 years). Having looked through it's history, the worrying thing was is that there is no record of any parts or work that has been done to the engine, only the dealers word that it has had an engine rebuild by it's previous owner. Judging from the outside, I would seriously question that. We offered £17,500 on the day for it without hearing it run and no questions asked. It would not have driven the 55 miles home and would have been another project. But we were very rudely turned down by the sales person, told it was worth at least £30,000 and that we didn't know what we were talking about. So we got back into the s3 turbo - which the chap only noticed as we were driving away - and left it there. If you do go and see it, don't be surprised if you get shot down. (When I saw it, the wheels still had green centres and looked like they'd been painted by a child, and those rims are very difficult to get right. Even though they've been refurbed I would really consider having to redo that. I haven't seen them as they are now though.) IMO it needs at least £10,000 spending on it, hence my offer. For £17,500 plus £10,000 to rebuild you'd have a lovely car. I don't like 'slagging off' any esprit or dealer but I was very disappointed.
    1 point
  40. Yippee finally some new pics ?? Really pleased for you Stephen ?? Dave
    1 point
  41. Hope the fellow that took the saw to that roof does not look at what prices the s1 esprits are fetching these days as he would realise how much of a cock up he has made, not only for killing the cars looks but finacially to boot Still very suprized this has not been sold yet though !
    1 point
  42. I'd recommend removing the fuel tank link pipe, the fat one down low - give you a bit more space
    1 point
  43. Had it been in the U.K it would be in my back garden by now with a cover on, shipping and duties then transport make it unviable to bring over, I even know where a donar car is. ?? Some give the poor thing a good home! Dave
    1 point
  44. Hello Bibs, thank you for your comments. I have some clues about copyright and licensing... And I didn't mention about using logo so far. Well done !
    1 point
  45. Spare engines are not uncommon in the U.S., and body shells turn up from time to time. If I had the time and space, I'd make the seller of this yellow car an offer. The only certain difference in work between this car and any other total basket case that was dragged out of a field is rebuilding or replacing the body shell; I've seen lots of people do complete body-off-frame restorations, and they're essentially doing the same amount of work (aside from the body shell), and the cost is going to be exorbitant either way. People have pieced old Esprits together in the past. I'd love to see this car kept together, even if it means combining it with parts from a wrecked or burned Esprit . . .
    1 point
  46. I was in discussions with the seller who suddenly decided that he didn't want to sell it anymore. The ad is removed and as I understand, it is not for sale any longer. Was good to see it anyway - even though it has not been running in the last 2+ years.
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  47. Got her home this week after buying in October and getting it sent to Craig Moncrieffs in Edinburgh while we tried to source a new manifold solution. Well couldn't get one and decided to bring it home until such time we know whether Lotus are going to remanufacture another batch. So even though the car still isn't roadworthy, it's not all bad though as I got a chance to clean the car for the first time - she scrubs up well, but still plenty to do.
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