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    Hi all, I know a lot of you will be interested in my new restoration. I recently bought an Esprit Sport 300, the original Lotus press car no less! It's been laid up for a few years and needs a full engine service and suspension rebuild but is in fantastic original condition. I'm living in America nowadays and will be away for a few years so it'll be stored away until I return. It was always my dream to own one of these so whilst the timing wasn't ideal I couldn't pass on this opportunity. I'm especially keen to restore the split rim OZ's after all the Compomotive rebuilds I've done. I'll keep you posted on my progress, I think I'm in Lotus heaven! It was originally on this plate, I'm currently enquiring with DVLA to get it registered back to its first number. Looks like it's on the original paint so I'll try to compound the shine back into it. Window frames have faded so they'll need a re-paint. Interior has stood up well. The drivers seat needs new side bolster alcantara but the original paisley sections are in perfect condition. Engine will have it's belts replaced before I attempt a fire up. I'll compression test it before deciding whether to do a full tear down. Tyres are cracked and require replacing, looks like Toyo offer the only matching set for these cars nowadays. The rims have never touched a kerb, a testament to it's previous owners and only require a good polish to remove the corrosion. Some old Sport 300 brochures and magazine articles I've been collecting.
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    GT430 on track at Portimao. This car’s natural home!
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    This one - looks beautiful and Mica Yellow is beautiful and is my preferred yellow but I think the Sport 300 maybe suits Norfolk Mustard better
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    Talked enough about it... need to post a picture!!
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    I saw this beautifull 400 this weekend, a friendly driver who leave 10km from m'y house! I will try to have a shooting with him soon
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    In my biased opinion I think it was the best looking Esprit, having a strange combination of SE side sills, updated engine cover, boomerang wing, Toyota headlights, framed in the ridiculous arch extensions and O.Z split rims. I can't imagine another Esprit to top this one in my garage so it's for keeps. I'm acutely aware of its provenance so will be taking extra special care during its restoration. My friend is looking after it for me while I'm away. He gets to feast his eyes on it every time he's in the garage, a very lucky man!
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    Stereo is crap, so probably not. Perfect!
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    Hi All, I'm back from my Bronze level training day and I had such a great time and highly recommend it! The hospitality was great, a big thank you to Guy and the whole team for making us feel very welcome, keeping us fed and watered all day. I really enjoyed the factory tour and seeing the assembly line and the cars in different states throughout the build process. The Team Classic Lotus tour was fantastic too, the smell of the workshop as you walk in was amazing, its a proper old school engineering place with lathes and metal working machines. Was amazing getting so close to the classic F1 cars and seeing inside the gubbins etc. Guy was very knowledgeable too and it was really interesting learning about the development of Lotus and F1 cars thought the ages. The track driving was SOOOOOO much fun. I'd never been on a track or driven a car in anger before so the first session was a massive eye opener for me. The sheer grip of the Elise is amazing, the track was quite wet from the previous evening's rain but that amazing little car just stuck to the road. Totally agree with the comments above that the Elise is definitely more than enough car to have a LOT of fun with. The instructors were really good, they are taking notes as you drive and correcting any mistakes you make or encouraging you get on the brakes later or accelerate faster (within limits of the car and driver of course) and you get a briefing before you start your session and quick debrief afterwards and then a proper debrief at the end of the day. You get the same instructor through out the day so you build up a bit of a rapport with them and the notes they take during each session means you get a real personalised experience. The demo laps at the end were amazing, scared the crap out of me, the line through the chicane was crazy and their ability to play around with the weight transfer of the car using the brake and throttle to go from understeer to oversteer was amazing! To summarise, the whole the day was very good, I learnt a lot and enjoyed my self throughly. I really recommend singing up for the scare your self sensible experience or if you want to learn how to drive a car round a track then sign up for the driving academy courses. Thank you to all at Lotus for a really amazing day!
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    Yes but I think we're in danger of missing the point entirely here. There's a woman in France with a Daytona Blue Sport 410 and a detailed understanding of its on limit behaviour. Not sure how I'm going to break it to Vicky Butler Henderson but I think I she might have to step aside!
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    Hi, I haven't drove one of them but a friend did the same way, from an exige sport 350 to Evora. Her first contact with an Evora was my GTE just for some kilometers but that make her taking that decision. She got the same feeling as you when she test drive the 400, great car but not for her who like to trackday. After test Drive a 410 she bought it immediatly The power is nothing but the suspension work was like she was. Also she told me the car is less easy at the limit than the Exige but she really love it.
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    First test drive yesterday, and got back in one piece. Result.
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    No. Please don't shoot him. The green is not that bad
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    My copper fire is for sale on Car and Classic, open to offers! PM me if anyone is interested. I can always get another S3 turbo and I have a stack of Compomotive CX500 split rim wheels in storage. Sport 300's on the other hand....
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    Very sad to hear this, the MBW days have been fantastic and along with the Brands festival one of the highlights of the year. I'm pretty sure most here would rather pay an entry fee than lose the event altogether. Still, must be a lot of hard work for very little financial reward (if any!) I can understand taking a break for a year. Thanks for all the days we have had.
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    What about Lotus? Surely they would look at it like they did previously? Plus they may sell some cars and even heaven forbid, some merchandise etc. Stupid question really when they aren't even having a 70 year celebration why should they care about a hundred or 2 of their best customers!
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    Would it be better with drums ?
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    All Lotus cars are "limited editions" if you think about it due tot he volume of cars Lotus produce. I mean, for Christ's sake, Audi owners go on about the R8 RWS being a limited edition, yes limited to 999 of that one model - well that's nearly the entire output of lotus across ALL models for a year! 996 GT3RS - only 140 RHD cars made - Lotus world wide distribution of the Evora Sport 410 was less than that! Which car is rarer? 997.1 GT3 - 1,000 of these sold in the US and Canada alone - more than Lotus made of the Evora's for all markets in the same time period 997.2 GT3 - 600+ sold in the US and Canada.... Need I go on. EVERY Lotus car is special and unique.
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    Thanks Steve and Gis, for taking the time to post and the info which all helps. Hi Dave, thanks yep I'm lucky I did them for the S1 and posted it all on my S1 blog - which I'll have to look up myself as I don't remember a lot about it!
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    You know I engineered that breakdown just to see you.
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    Bugger. Does that mean I'll have to come out and recover you?
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    My Aqua s2 over tan Aqua Elise by andrew james, on Flickr
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    Hi all, So after about 6 months looking I have put a deposit on this Sport 350 which I’m collecting next weekend. Hopefully the weather will be kind to me on my 350 mile journey home from Carlisle. I’m coming from a Caterham CSR 260 so expecting a different but equally fun experience, and looking forward to not getting soaked when it’s wet
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    Are you sure the distributor advance mechanism operating correctly? I've heard of situations where a screw in the baseplate stops full centrifugal advance movement and this can cause the problem you describe, especially if it feels as though you are losing power as you approach 4000 rpm. Richard
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    @scotty435, as with Malcolm's event, this is an MLOC event and I'm happy to help them with marketing on here and our social but won't gate crash with our event. As I posted above, I'm looking for an alternative venue for next year and have some good leads of where to go
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    It's Norfolk Mustard, although I prefer Mica Yellow. The Birmingham Motor Show car was Mica, it must have been an early prototype as it had the TR7 door handles.
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    Totally understand your thinking Jo - you’ll never find another Esprit as worthy of restoring as this one. Having said that bodily a restoration doesn’t look necessary - it looks to be a wash away from perfection! I absolutely love it......but I won’t be alone. This was the inspiration for my S4s purchase. As nice as it was the Esprit Sport 300 in Yellow is a whole lot more special. Is the colour Norfolk Mustard? I remember hearing the Sport 300’s in Yellow were Mica Yellow but the more I see photos the more I think this wasn’t the case......?
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    Oh yes .......what he said^
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    I heard you had this last Friday. Nice one Jo
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    Well done, is it the car that sat outside lotus motor sport for ages. Cracking find
  32. 1 point
    my evora has been serviced at lotus dealers, up until last year (when lotus closed the service department) it has annual trip to the factory for it service. it now goes to the excellent hanger 111.. it certainly was one of the reasons i choose it a couple of years back over other examples that lacked a little main dealer service love... especially in the warranty period as noted in a post above fully stamped, all the receipts, all leads me to think the car was pampered and treasured... the bonus of a decent main dealer is that all little niggles get sorted... some of the issues the early cars had, were tweaked / upgraded with each visit to the factory.. im not sure things like this woudl get undertaken and normal garages.. for instance, my gear change is sublime, it was updated tweaked and set up properly during early services & warranty period.. its on par with any later edition evoras ive sat in and tried. up to the current model.. yet others i tried were quite different... its little things like this that can make a difference between a main dealer/ specialist or a halfords, / quick fit general service having said that outside of warranty a specialist would be just a good... there pretty bullet proof to be honest.. engine oil, (clutch & brake fluid every two years) isnt rocket science.. something you could easily do yourself... and i do on my other non performance cars.. i think providing that the items as listed in the service booklet are complete and up to date then all good no matter who undertook the work.. i would check very carefully through the paperwork, checking milage, against mots - online mot history etc , and against when it was in for the service.. if it was carried out at non specialist... my only thoughts, if its not a lotus specialist/ or main dealer , then id be looking very carefully and checking all teh paperwork corresponds and matches with mots etc etc, because some of the specialist garages labour rates are very competitive, so id want to know why someone wouldnt service their pride and joy at least at a specialist if cost differences were negligible if it got a stamped history for the basics which check out , then cant see a problem especially if its a little cheaper........
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    I'll let you know after my daughter's basketball quarter finals this Saturday whether I'll be coming.
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    That’s fantastic - am on it - it might be the Essex though - hope that’s ok?
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    Yep, this is us...... We opted for the standard interior because being totally honest, we had reached our maximum spend that we were prepared to go to. In truth the standard interior is great and if you don't want a red or tan interior then it's a good option. In summary: Ignoring the front seats......all areas including dash and door cards etc are full leather as they would be with the leather pack . The rear seats are also full leather. The only difference is that there are areas of technical fabric inserted to the side bolsters of the base and back sections of the seat and up to the headrest. The centre base and back are full leather. That's it really and also it's not contrasting stitching, but aside from the stitching and the technical fabric on the front seats, it's the same as the leather pack in reality.
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    @Kimbers no its not mate but, if you got it reconditioned then you would have one ready to go straight on, so only one trip to the dealers to sort it. Gav
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    Hi Martyn, all done Thanks, 29. Mark Elise S1
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    I’ve got a very annoying squeak/ creak coming from the passenger side arounds the plastic trim area. I’ve try a few time now to source the issue. But failed to identify the culprit. I originally thought it was the roof but it happens with the roof off. I also thought it was the area where ther rear clam and bodyside meet but I tried fixing this with no results. Any suggestions on fixing it? I've just booked it into the dealers so but can't fit me in until first sat in June! Other than that no much much has changed, just the usual wash, polish & wax.
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    All ordered! I hope this resto blog is helping people save time. Some of this info is a nightmare to find out! Why don't they just give you these connectors in the bag with the cable? What the other two unions are for I don't know! Oh, and a sketch of where to put them and the washers!
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    Thats stunning!! Great find!
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    Jonny, not sure if you e driven another since mine but despite a relatively short drive I think you’ve summed them t up perfectly. Surprising is how very different the two cars are and clearly the MCL is a faster car but in no way does a GT430 feel slow in comparison. Trevor.
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    Hi Kimbers again, Firstly the part number I've just found it C132B0058F and secondly I've found my old struts which I know one is working. PM your address and I'll post both of them to you. You may be able to find 2 working ones out of the 4. Regards, David
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    ... this is not compromise, this is all just magic! Congratulations!!
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    Man, it got quiet in here all of a sudden
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    New Passport design from the French company that got the gig...

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