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  1. Thanks chaps. I'm really looking forward to getting it. it will be by far the lightest performance car I've owned. Last properly fast car was a GTR, which was a blast but too heavy for regular track work. Whilst the 380 is still pricey, it should be much more economical on consumables and generally more suited to track work so I'm looking forward to that. For some reason JCT never got round to advertising the car online. It was by chance I rang some dealers and was delighted when they said they'd just got one and it was sat in the showroom. I guess I saved them a job. Its sil
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  2. Hi, I came across your feed on the Internet as regards the Lotus Esprit Turbo reg YAH868X,Just to let you know that I've owned the car since 1986 and am in the process of restoring it,if you would like to know any more info please contact me. Tim
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  3. Got some pictures from inside, coming close now........ just need some details to get finished.
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  4. I've paid a deposit on a dealer stock 380 and in so doing asked for a price on the carbon exterior pack (hardtop + louvered hatch over engine), but retrofitted. Dealer specced car with carbon sills so it makes sense. The pack is priced at 3k if specced on original order and I'm being quoted nearly 3.9k, but on the basis I'll get to keep the standard hardtop and hatch panel. This feels like a lot to pay for something which is essentially cosmetic. But then the car will look complete with it. Has anyone been quoted less for retrofitting the carbon exterior pack (I assume it's the sa
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  5. The Lotus is away again... the next time I see it she will be wearing a pair of new seats. I'm very excited.
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  6. 380 ... times congratulations on your new purchase ...
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  7. You may not think you have done much Andy, but this is the best and probably the most work put in so far regarding a compomotive resurection Only problem is give it few years once these have been made and everybody will be wanting to go back bbs as comps will be to common amongst esprits
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  8. Been doing some CAD. This is as far as I have got but its a start:
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  9. Now that we are past the day we have unlocked this again to allow people to post up photos etc. Just like to say thanks to Brandon, Ian and all at Murray's for a great morning and lovely breakfast. I believe that he had about 75 or so turn out from different groups and plenty of Lotus toys on display as well as a few other nice interlopers. I think I counted 25 Lotus of various generations out to play and that was just in the carpark with maybe more outside. Have to say I seemed to come home with more photos of the DB11's next door ()and the Zenos's MMC had for sale rather than Loti.
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  10. Went to buy some Lotus parts from a chap (as ya do), and seen a load of Lotus cars parked up all in a very poor state, After tip toeing round all the dog muck and rusty car parts I decided to have a good look at the Esprit S2.2 he had, Seconds later I seem to have made him and offer and we shook hands, Not sure why I brought it maybe I just felt sorry for the car and maybe I have just crossed to the wrong side of 40, I'm not sure, but its at home, I've had it a few weeks now and I getting to really like it ! The leather interior is without any rips so I was going to re-dye it the
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  11. Casting is still an option but if the whole thing can be CNCd in one go then thats likely cheaper than casting then machining, a 2-stage process, especially if I get it done in China. I will find out the costs but I would think much less than £250 each.
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  12. I'm home. America, yeah, it was alright...
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  13. Say hello to my car on 1 min 17 seconds too Ben!
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  14. Thanks Richard, that explains it. Wonder why there are holes in my Airbox cover? Will fiberglass them and repair. Thanks again!?????
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  15. Contemplating booking this, can't decide on the exige or the Fiesta. Think you might be attending @Arun_D?
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  16. The cover is held on by 4 brackets which are bolted into the rear moulding 005. As such there are no holes in the cover itself
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  17. in that case congrats on your choice of mobile office.......
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  18. I think Lotus chose to use Michelins because they were cheaper to buy. This is the same company that decided to fit one interior boot light in the 400 where previously there were two. Sparco seats instead of Recaros, plastic grills instead of metal. I'm sure the price of tyres came before any performance advantage if indeed there is an advantage.
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  19. Welcome Ben, lovely car and a great film. Several Plus 2s are regulars on the annual Club Lotus track day at Goodwood I attend - always good to see them being put through their paces. There's that saying "everyone has one novel in them" - I reckon I've probably got the faint outline of one short film featuring my Evora in my head, but absolutely no creative talent to turn it into reality! Yours is exceptionally good using what you count as "limited resources" - respect! You also reminded me to go and dig out the old Metamorphosis short film that Scott Walker commissioned a few year
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  20. Both elements arrived today. I had 30mins booked in my diary for something else.....so..... Easy enough to join the elise-shop bracket and brodit mount. I biased the brodit bracket to the left to give a smidge more clearance. Is it pretty? Non. Is it functional? Si. Will it avoid me getting a £200 fine and 6 points on my licence? Ja! Forgot to say - I was initially trying to put the nylon block in the wrong place. This is 'cos the gap between my panels was bigger than the block, so it just fell out when inserted and I assumed
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  21. Persian blue for me please, though with gold stripes and gold wheels. Silverstone have a Persian Blue 400 in at the moment that looks rather lovely!
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  22. The key words in your post Archie are "Murrays said"
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  23. Hi Will. Sorry I didn't get chance to bump into you yesterday - I did have a quick look when I had a spare moment but you were out on track. I gather you have emailed the workshop directly with your questions... Dave
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  24. Yes, the 520 was the basic car, that said it still came with electric windows, and this one has had alloys retro fitted. Hubs are a ford 108pcd which makes wheel choice a lot easier if you want to move up to 15's to get some proper rubber. Originally it would have ran lotus cortina steel wheels, or optional dealer fit 13 inch alloys. If those gold cross spokes are 13's then you will get nice wide high performace rubber without issues. I think the Bedford CF used the 2300cc vauxhall slant 4, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Lotus 907. If it is the slant 4 Vauxhall, it is basically
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  25. Awesome! Wasn't this red car the one in the title sequence of Noel Edmond's Late Late Breakfast Show? Ive been hoping someone posts vthat up to Youtube one day.
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  26. I am sitting on the fence with this one. I think the whole concept needs a reboot. Having the Celeb sit through a VT or 2 and asking them questions didn't work and whilst the "we were given....and told to meet at...." format is my favourite, it just didn't have the appeal this time. It was the best part though. Once again Matt LeBlanc carried it w. I think I would have preferred Sabine instead of Harris. Rory is ok and a nice "Non driver" appeal like May but Harris seems uncomfortable in a studio setting and I really don't like his VT's. I think they need to relook at this format and go b
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  27. I'm gonna try hard to make this one!
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  28. Welcome Ben. Lovely car. Say hi to my daughter if you are bungee jumping in Queenstown anytime!
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  29. Welcome to the forums Ben, Stunning car .
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  30. Like Dave says I had 10897 down with its original number of HHV 491W (or at least a white 'Essex!' I saw that car in the mid-90's at a day out at The Shuttleworth Collection. I'm sure I have a photo of it somewhere - must dig-out....... Alireza posted this image (I'm sure its the same car) in the US Esprits thread on here a good few years ago (Hope its OK to share Alireza!?!)
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  31. At an event today and there in the corner was this immaculate (to me anyway) Esprit, anyone recognise it! New owner works at Haymarket magazine.
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  32. Simple bargain there - honest straight car - bang gone not at all suprised
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  33. Years ago it was interesting - now it's a boring procession
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  34. I'm struggling to give a $hit about F1 these days. It's hardly on TV and the highlights have been on late at night. The cars look ugly and engines are a bit naff. And there's been too much micro-managing and messing with the rules and the car specs. Shames as I used to be glued to it 20 years or so.
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  35. So effectively the 520 is a bog basic car? It does come with a bedford cf engine, not what I know what that is, but it does not sound like a 160hp lump to me! The car is in the back end of Norfolk which is a fair treck, it would be impossible to know what the chassis is like until the car is bought (and stripped down). However, in some ways I disagree, galv. chassis are available for less than 1K, but if you are rebuilding a car a good interior, gearbox and even trim are just as relevant. I have just had a quote for two door window frames and it is more than I paid for a galvanised chassis!
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  36. If that's the case - my next van won't be a vivaro. An awful lot of tradesmen are pro Brexit - there will be a fair few voting with their feet come vehicle purchase time. Built in this country guarantees tariff free access. It's going to be a very interesting time
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  37. If I were working for Vauxhall I'd be worried, in my opinion it is only a matter of time until the closure. PSA have indicated they need to make > 1.5 Billion in savings, this coupled with being partially owned by the French government will mean that management will be under tremendous pressure to retain jobs in France. I can see this only going one way.
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  38. With winter seemingly behind us time to get some plans together for the first run of the season As per last year we kick off with a Kent/Sussex border run starting near the M25 in Surrey. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Start point is Knights Plant and Life Centre car park. Oxted Road. Surrey. RH9 8DB. It is on the A25 on the right just after the A22 roundabout if heading East towards Oxted. Be a bit careful as you pull into the car park as it looks flat(ish) but last year I swung in with a little too much enthusiasm and had a bit of a scrape.
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  39. Even Lewis is saying that the engineers think overtaking will be harder this season due to the aerodynamic changes: dirty air, blah, blah, blah. It's taken them years of regulation fiddling to get to this point: oulawed blown diffusers, introduced KERS, DRS, engineered feeble narrower tyres, narrow chassis etc. to try and make overtaking happen more often. Now they've decided to sod that: let's just make them go as fast as possible again. It's a gamble of course, but they had to try something. The fear is that we will get even more processional races, so that it's all about qualifyin
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  40. You will struggle to get tension on even the 900mm belt. Seriously, buy the correct belts and work out how to fit them.
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  41. Not sure what's keeping Toyota away, seems such a good fit. I suppose if you buy a customer, they're no longer a customer on one level but couldn't Lotus become what Lamborghini has become for Audi? That even seems to work with models as close as the R8 and Huracan. I wouldn't see a mid-engined new Esprit type of car to be competing with anything Lexus offer currently and it could take on and beat Honda's NSX at a stroke. Toyota also have serious motorsport interests so Lotus chassis'd cars could prove Toyota engines in GT racing and elsewhere. A Lotus GT86 seems like a no-brainer for both com
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  42. Yet another green one ... I'm dithering over whether to get the wheels done in black and black vinyl wrap for the roof (it already has black sills), as I had the black pack on my Evora S SR. Bit of an impulse buy when I took my Exige roadster (black roof roof and black wheels) in for a service last week! Come to think of it my Elise SC had a black roof, black wheels and a black diffuser too.
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  43. Yes, I booked with LoT it is £299. B&C are running a day there too so they are the final group of the 3 organisers.
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  44. That's my choice. Keep it simple! Solid Red.
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  45. I remember the Faberge car. They launched a range of "Male Grooming Products" called Turbo in around 1980. They were evidently a complete failure as they only were sold for around 6 months or so. That car was located in the window of the Co-Op store in King Street, Hammersmith for a while. They had a contest to win it whereby you had to come up with advertising slogans for the brand. I remember being completely knocked out by the red leather interior and decided the Esprit I was going to buy must have it.
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