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  1. So after the November lockdown I took a call from Fabrizio Giugiaro the son of Giorgetto and he visited my place to look at the Esprits I had on offer. The car him and his dad was going to buy was heading for there museum in Turin Italy. He chose my fully restored white S1 Great choice !
    24 points
  2. I sold mine so I could purchase this. Quite a contrast...
    11 points
  3. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-approved-to-launch-on-april-12th-in-the-uk/
    6 points
  4. ***** In 1993 when I was 50 years old I bought my 1st sports car, a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE with 15.000 mls on the odo...... I immediately did fell in love with this Lotus and the love remained all those 28 years..... Today, (I hope to become 78 years old in June), I bought and picked up the last new available Evora in the Netherlands and left my Esprit in good hands with the Lotus importer. It was rather difficult to say goodbye and I felt a little sad to leave her. Keeping was no option as I have in my garage room for only one car (and a 1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000 K1 motorbike) while I own 2 more cars (daily drivers)......... When saying goodbye and handing her over I kissed her farewell on the roof and thanked her for all the nice years together. My new Lotus is a Evora GT 410 Sport with IPS .................
    5 points
  5. I've actually changed my mind on selling the 400 and ended the advert early. Bought a Megane 275 earlier in the week and wife has agreed she won't leave me even though I will have that, the 400 and a 7!
    5 points
  6. Meant to add to this thread a few months ago. Signature SV104 in brushed aluminium, 18x10 and 17x8.
    5 points
  7. Well that’s a relief. The Elite has moved a metre under its own power for the first time, well I’ve had it just over a year, not a clue if previous owners ever had it running and moving. After reading Williamtherebel post of seized clutch after a couple of months I expected a major problem. But definitely now spurred on to get glass and doors on , lights , seats , dash etc etc etc.
    4 points
  8. Not very difficult to install. Front clam off, minor adjustments of holes (rats tail file) to get them to line up and to bolt in. I bought the cf so they did not require additional body work/paint.
    4 points
  9. They have over-engineered suspensions/brakes, an indestructible chassis and a 'Yota engine which will probably last a bazillion miles without having the oil changed. It's always perplexed me why they seem so sensitive to mileage on the prices, perhaps just as there are a few which aren't used much and that brings a perception that they are delicate, which they most certainly aren't.
    4 points
  10. Today was the big day!!! My solar yellow 240 FE was delivered. Looks fab. Drives fab and it’s put a smile on mine and my daughters faces. Central Lotus in Nottingham were great. Even though it was a stock car they swapped out the fabric seats and door cards for leather with yellow stitching. They also body paint matched the seat inserts and other bits of trim and the brake callipers. A breath of fresh air compared to other car dealers I’ve dealt with over recent years. I would thoroughly recommend them. Family owned. Nice people. Delivered the car in a covered trailer for me too. Bring on the sunshine!!!
    3 points
  11. I have given him your number Gary because he wants to drive it to Italy I said you are on 24hr call out 👍
    3 points
  12. Not a huge fan of Rawl nuts, but they certainly have their place - PAS lines fitted.
    3 points
  13. My recent foray to Starbucks created some interest with a young woman wanting to test her photographic skills. Not a bad effort from her ! And I still find the Lotus creates as much interest as my Mac. Still quite unusual to see a Lotus on the road and not common to get a bad reaction
    3 points
  14. Also don’t forget that some of the original GTEs had the single piece c/f Mansory vent, which lifts up in its entirety for access. I think all of the 20 re-worked cars had this, like mine below. Reminds me of shark gills.
    3 points
  15. Well it finally arrived from Greece this morning - the long awaited carbon steering cowl.
    3 points
  16. Just watched it, great show worthy of an icon such as Sabine. I've been to the 'Ring about 30 times now and her name is never far away when you're there. I really hope that they do name a corner for her, it's only fitting.
    3 points
  17. @Mark Blanchard they couldn’t resist this one though “Normally Aspirated ( more reliable than turbo ) ” which does make me chuckle as it’s a carb unit and far more hassle than fuel injected 😎
    3 points
  18. After posting in the 'Introductions' section, I thought I'd keep a diary of my car and any upgrades I do in this section. It's a 2019 Exige 410 Sport. Cyan Blue, with the interior colour coded pieces in yellow. It's got the Carbon Fibre seats, Carbon Roof and Lithium Battery. Collection day was long but exciting. When I arrived here, I'd never even seen a 410 sport in real life before, never mind seen or driven the car I'd actually just bought... The sales woman went to grab the car from where it was tucked away, and when she brought it round for me, even my mask was barely able to hide my smile... 0 I then had a fairly long and steady drive home, taking my time to get to know the car. Didn't want anything silly to happen straight after picking it up. Finally a few more pictures from when I got it home: I'm still waiting for my sensible 'daily driver' to be delivered, so the Exige had to be taken to work yesterday. Wasn't ideal when I stepped out of the front door to find ice/sleet on the car. As it turns out, the Cup 2 tyres seemed to grip surprisingly well in the cold conditions. Glad we didn't have any laying snow though...
    2 points
  19. Love the car - all extras and painting of other bits look great ours is a stock car from Silverstone- another dealer I would recommend fully - ours is solid yellow - very bright
    2 points
  20. All needs firming up but ValetPRO HQ is in Newhaven BN9 0FB, Part of my thought was to take it to B Road Hunting Club (Bentley, Harvey's Ln, Lewes BN8 5AF). This company is setting up to create a venue for these sort of meets. It has all the facilities to run a day like this. This is not far from us. In discussion with Bibs it was suggested that we meet at ValetPRO have a tour of our site and then have a drive around the south downs and make our way to B road Hunting Club to do the detailing. What do you all think of this as an idea if it can be done?
    2 points
  21. And I got to work on it pre-delivery. Well made up!
    2 points
  22. Well that doesn't leave much else! Presumably there must be a path to earth in the distributor, but its a mighty big co-oincidence that it should go fall after you have been working close to this area. You could substitute your S1 rotor & cap to test?
    2 points
  23. I've had a surprising interest from older women 😄 I think those that had interest in cars still have it and are pleased to see something special. Unfortunately the younger ones barely notice with their head stuck in their phones. (I drove past three times to check 😅)
    2 points
  24. First modification carried out last night, albeit not a particularly exciting one. Having read all the horror stories about killing the lithium batteries and the care they need, I thought any help keeping an eye on it would be worth having. So I ordered one of these: Obviously very easy to connect, nothing more complicated than connecting to the positive and negative of the battery. (Although for ease of install, I didn't connect the positive directly onto the battery) Then download and connect to the app, and it immediately shows the battery level. It says it automatically connects and updates when you are in range. As well as the live data and a couple of tests, you can set alarms to initiate at two different battery levels.
    2 points
  25. @C8RKH you have heard of Brighton right? 😀
    2 points
  26. It is down to the fitter, really. The guys who come here from Autoglass have been coming for years, so know what they are doing. Our friendly local independant is also really good. Dave No problem, I'm sure Shaun will look after you. We're not far if you ever need us in future 👍 Dave
    2 points
  27. It's not keeping the market High artificially, its selling "At a a true Market Value" rather than what some person with no idea of "real life" experience of what is happening in the car industry says it is, just because he gets a job at CAP and thinks he knows it all! After 30 years in the Industry and a lifetime loving Lotus's its only now many Lotus's are getting the attention and value that they deserve. As for Evora's. Its about supply and demand, like anything! There are so few older Evora's out there and a demand for sub £50k cars that values are going up! What is a fair Price? I sold just over 100 cars last month and every single one went above what CAP consider a "Fair price". Surely the "Fair Price" should be what I am charging as its what people are paying for the cars. Not what someone in their ivory tower says is a fair price!
    2 points
  28. sorry. let’s just say the S cars have better clutches 👍
    2 points
  29. Not at all. It’s a free market. They are trying it on and will know it. Make a sensible offer and move onto the next if they don’t like it. That’s exactly how I bought my Evora - if someone wants to cash out then there’s always a deal to be done. Trouble with the S is the tax bracket - and the appeal of a 400 ..... it’s very tricky
    2 points
  30. Rather than people selling for what they can get away with, better worded is people sell things for what they can get for it = it’s true value. things will only sell if there is a buyer that is happy to pay that amount for it.
    2 points
  31. More or less. I didn't fit them myself but there was issues getting them secured. They also needed more than just painting to get them finished properly. Even then there are flaws. Yes, I am looking to get the passenger headlight replaced soon.
    2 points
  32. We were at Brands yesterday for a family drive event doing three slow laps of the GP circuit. Cant believe the incline changes! Took some snaps on the way out. My favourite:
    2 points
  33. I understand the modern "Business/Expansion/Electric/ blah blah blah" proposition, however, my point was probably more based on an immature, naive and hopeful perspective, and thought there would be more respect of the whole provenance ....... Where was the Lotus road car beginning? which cars "launched" (pun intended) Lotus into what is now known as the "Public domain" and not only helped, but pulled the company out of going broke. All I'm really asking is this .. Why is it OK to reset company history from 2000 ? As a newbie owner and keen up-keeper of my '85 TE - I love my car and take it out as often as I can, because that's what it's for.
    1 point
  34. I was surprised to see the old rev limiting rotor arm earlier. Never knew these were even fitted to Esprits, likely most have been swapped out for standard by now. They used to fit them to the twincams in the Elan/Europa and they were notorious for causing ignition problems, this has to be the prime suspect.
    1 point
  35. Look for the very best quality ignition parts you can source and purchase a couple of rotors and caps. Notwithstanding my endorsement of Lumenition I'll have nothing to do with distributor managed ignition henceforth. As posted elsewhere I was stranded for days in a small town, struggling to figure why the Twincam cut out when both fuel and spark seemed fine. Turned out to be failed dielectric of the rotor permitting high tension bleed to earth via the shaft to cylinder block. The arc trace was almost invisible on the rotor body. Your engine will do much better when the carbs are altogether balanced.
    1 point
  36. Next up was reinstalling the interior. It took forever to get lined up and neatly installed, but the interim step looked like this: Unfortunately I hit a problem at this stage, the tabs that hold the drivers switch panel and passenger cover panel, both had one broken tab and had to be fixed. Then I found some of the mounting tabs were also snapped. I stupidly didn’t take any pics, but had to rebuild the tabs which delayed things. As the panels were carbon and unique to the car they are not made any more, so I had no choice but to fix.. I won't affix the passenger airbag cover or put in the dash binnacle, as I'm waiting on trimming and as it won't be on the road for a few more weeks it’s a bit pointless wasting the sacrificial tabs. Due to Covid apparently I can't get anyone to embroider the Cup260 Logo on material at present! Its been going on months, I finally found somewhere that was going to do it in November but got delayed as they had backlog, by the time they were free lockdown2 came, repeat again then lockdown 3. They will embroider on their own material but not if I supply it due to covid risks, the alcantara has been locked in an airtight back for 4 months now - so if any bugs have survived that it probably deserves to take over the the world. Shorter story is getting custom embroidery is a complete ballache, and I think due to a lack of team sports they are all on furlough or doing corporate gigs only… So I will be trimming in plain alcantara then replacing with logo version later in the year. As with all things I have no issues with people not being able to do stuff, but long drawn out excuses and constant missed deadlines really bug me.. Another delay as I mentioned was harnesses, they had arrived but were wrong buckle. So whilst waiting for another set to be made (which took Schroth 2 months last time) I put in the set that came with the car, also added an alcantara pad to the harness bar where the seat just touches and previously chipped it, so bar was resprayed: Seat subframes were a bit ratty, so I stripped and resprayed: And all done I wanted to keep both 3 points and harnesses, I rarely use 3 points but its nice to have the options, passenger harness will be rarely used but I prefer to have the pair. I am mounting with the Sector 111 kit that is now sold by Seriously Dave and MSAR, it was sitting in the parts bin from a past car as it doesn’t work with the new subframes. I'm sure its been seen a billion times, but here is the kit: Thanks to my seat cushions being velcroed not glued in I made up some more lumbar support pads to try out in the summer, made with 3mm closed cell foam and trimmed with soft carpet The Velcro strips on the other side to match the seats Passenger seat back in for the first time since December: And both seats back in (HANS logos are same colour, it was just I had a 3500k light on the drivers side) Head Unit was also properly fitted. I previously used flip screens in other cars, but went for floating screen this time. There are a couple of options out there, from Alpine, Sony and Pioneer with screens ranging from 6.8" screens up to 9" screens. Dimension wise the big 9" screens slightly overlap the airbag cover, which would mean in the event of deployment the pass airbag may not deploy properly or I would find an LCD screen being fired at my face… So I though I'd go for the smaller screen and picked up a Pioneer SPHEVO62DAB - 6.8" fixed screen, carplay, time correction, crossover, reverse cam etc etc - best of all it came up on ebay for half the price of a new one. Finally fitted back in: I will probably swap to the new version that is about to be released (SPH-EVO64DAB) as it has a skinnier screen and wifi Stereo will of course have to come out again as I wait on retrimmed airbag cover, centre vents and binnacle - but that’s life I couldn't have it on hold forever. So three more stages to interior: Replace airbag cover, centre vents and binnacle with trimmed version Seats back out to fit new harnesses and polish inside of carbon roof (I forgot) Replace airbag cover with embroidered version when the sewing machine folk start working again
    1 point
  37. I was referring to the "why am I selling it" remark - nostalgia is what is making you doubt selling it @LotusFella- they are in general just such fine cars. All of them.
    1 point
  38. 1. Bibs. 2. Dan E 3. Bazza 907
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  40. if your fuel level was low in one of your carbs, I suspect you will be getting closer to solving your problem. Fingers crossed!
    1 point
  41. Big improvement, love an alcantara wheel
    1 point
  42. All good points. First thing to note is when the refrigerant charge becomes low the compressor suffers in two ways 1st loss of cooling it's only the cool vapour returning from the evaporator that cools the compressor. 2nd the oil in the system is entrained in the refrigerant and returns to the compressor via a mist as the compressors have no sump. So low refrigerant level equals lack of cooling and lubrication. The systems have low pressure cut outs but they are usually fairly cheep items and are factory set and are not usually that accurate. The problem with a slow leak is the compressor can run for a while without adequate cooling or lubrication verses a big instant leak like a punctured condenser that trips the low pressure switch instantly. So what to do. And your correct vacuum test should pull and more importantly hold 2--3 Torr. You can also do a pressure test with Oxygen free Nitrogen and manually look for leaks with bubbles. Or recharge the system with fluorescent dye and look for any tell tail signe with a U/V light. The thing is car A/C only holds approx 600g--1200g of gas not much at all and the leak can be so small it's very hard to find especially as 50% if the pipework and fittings cannot be seen or easily accessed. And as for the Halfords top up bottles are ok but never be tempted to add more as many people do in the thought of a bit for luck and well it's getting colder etc as the golden rule with car A/C is slightly undercharged is better than overcharge as overcharging can result in liquid refrigerant returning to the compressor and as we all know you can't compress a liquid and or high discharge pressures. Fare better to weigh the refrigerant in according to the stated labeled amount as topping up from a bottle also has oil in with the refrigerant and depends on variables such as engine speed ,ambient temperature .internal fan speed .evaporator/pollen filter cleanliness but obviously that's in an ideal world. So the leak needs to be found and repaired above all else. And your correct about running the A/C all year round very important keeps the compressor input shaft seal lubricated and minimise leaks and as a foot note try not to engage the compressor at high revs as the poor old compressor tries to go from 0 to say 4k revs in a second not good for the clutch or compressor. Hope this helps
    1 point
  43. Yes still works in orange without black pack, in fact I think I prefer it. Mine will be close to the end in November so I still have a little while to vacillate between Orange and Azure Blue. I have an Azure Blue Caterham and sometimes think a brighter colour would be more noticeable to other traffic so leaning towards Orange... until tomorrow :-).
    1 point
  44. Trying to decide between the Magnetic Orange or the Azure blue. One subtle one in your face..... Haven't seen an orange Elise without black pack, perhaps that's essential to break up the orange - difficult to work out but nice problem! Not many slots left and not many small car companies that have just sold 200 cars in a few weeks..
    1 point
  45. Compomotives found this picture from an excellent article Jo Chan wrote on the wheels. Having looked into this in detail, asked several people and seen the measurements I believe the barrels and lips sizes should as below front lip 15 x 1 (1.5 later car with cx500 on outside of Lip) front barrel 5 inches rear lip 4 inches rear barrel 3.5 inches simple you would think, but it's taken months to get to this! Basically exactly as Jo said. Yep I know what you mean Andy , the stuff nightmares are made of! I'm still hunting the wheel bits, together with a lot of other guys on here.
    1 point
  46. Bauke Tocus on here is selling a set of restored original wheels, but they are expensive! I already have the centres and am looking for rims.
    1 point
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