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  1. thanks for the suggestion but I'll let a future owner decide if they prefer silver wheels and lights, you can please some of people some of the time 😉 I personally love the wheels I can put a black badge on it if you want 😂
    5 points
  2. I believe that UK prices never compare well to prices on the continent. There seems to be a much stronger market for used cars, especially if they are rare, on the continent. But even if they are not rare, it is a strange phenomenon that us Continentals drive our cars generally more, and yet are also prepared to pay more. Try finding a 360 Modena or 550 Maranello with less than 30k miles/50k kms, it is next to impossible. Most have between 70k - 100k kms these days (as does my own). And surprise - they do not melt in the rain either. This Esprit is my purchase. Considering what I could have bought for the same money, I do not think this is strong money at all. A nice 996 Carrera 2 would have set me back about 10% less. A nice 997 about 10% more. A very good mate of mine bought his Porsche Boxster for GBP3.5k. I could not find any below 12k and finally brought one from Germany for 18k with 2k import taxes on top. It is just a different world over here. Particularly LHD English-built cars. Consider my Griffith 500 - bought in 2009 for EUR35k. A good 500 will now fetch far north of that, around 50k. Regular 4.3s are close to 40k - IF they are LHD (only 121 LHD Griffs ever built). There is one other Turbo SE for sale in the Netherlands at the moment, for the same price. And I believe it is not as nice as this one and certainly that shop does not instill a lot of confidence in me (that is just a personal opinion based on a visit there a couple of years ago). If we look Europe-wide, then there are a handful but most are much more expensive (70k up) and most are not as nice. The dealer selling this Esprit to me said he sees one come by in this condition maybe once every 6 years. So I am very happy with the price I paid, especially comparing to her contemporaries (try buying a 964 or 308 for that money!) and I believe that she will be depreciation proof. She will be driven, though. Onno
    4 points
  3. oh my "soup" what a fantastic call that was !!! loving the esprit restore and what a nerd for detail the guy is, fantastic stuff !!!
    3 points
  4. I think the point is people who buy classic cars do so as for their period in time. Make no mistake people are buying these as classic cars. Cars from their youth/childhood. The car they always dreamed of. People have always modified cars as they start to age to keep them upto date with the latest editions...only to be put back to original spec later on. Ive seen G cars covered in fake carbon fibre. How many S1 cars with turbo body kits have been kept on them now? Originality sells. buddsy
    3 points
  5. ***** Hi Onno, Congratulations with your fantastic 1990 Esprit Turbo SE.........! Nice and surprising to see my car back on the TLF Indeed I was the last owner.....and still miss her a little bit. When I left her I kissed her goodbye on the roof and thanked her for those great years together. However I am very happy with my new Evora GT 410 Sport IPS. I wish you many happy years with this unique Esprit example...🙂 You are very welcome to contact me eventually about her.......😃 Regards, Ruud
    3 points
  6. Not much I can add. As mentionned by Bib's, thread depth and compound are to be considered apart. Compound aging, UV rays, local pressure points, shear stress in the contact zone, heating are among all the factors that decrease Tyre performance and reliability over time. For summer tyres, 10 years of age is the usual maximum tolerance (safety wise). For sport and winter segment, 5 years is the maximum (performance wise) in my opinion, even 4 years for Winter.
    3 points
  7. Hello, Here is my new Exige 410 metallic grey with this options: - Black Pack: none - Matt Black 10-Spoke Forged Wheel - Red brake caliper - Interior pack Alcantara Solid Red - Stitch color Red - Full carpet - Single Din Stereo - Air conditioning - Lightweight Lithium-Ion Battery - Cruise Control - Carbon Seat Modifications: - Constantly open exhaust valve (artisanal) Changes coming soon: - Adjustment of the exhaust valve from the cockpit - Rear lights by GRP (ordered, 8 weeks waiting) - Several carbon parts for the interior of GRP (gear lever, airbag, Climate Control and Door Pulls) Changes to come during the year: - Dash AIM M2XE - GRP carbon mirror - Carbon barge board Photos exterior: Valve stay open with this fix:
    2 points
  8. And yet the law says it is unlawful and an offence for cyclists to ride on the pavement! Not that many cyclists give a shit about the law. They just make it up to suit themselves as they go usually.
    2 points
  9. Shame It isn't one of those rare black badge models ! As Barry says, great colour
    2 points
  10. The potential R suffix doesn’t really suit the Emira name. Try saying it out loud. “Emira R”. You either sound like a pirate, or Matt Berry from the “Moneysupermarket” TV ads. Or both. I am sure Lotus will come up with something better than R.
    2 points
  11. What was interesting about that video, is how the presenter only talked about his experiences with the car he’s testing. There was none of the usual comparisons with rival machines. He told you the price and what options he’d tick and that was it. No mention of a Corvette being cheaper. He then just drove it and told us what he thinks of it, without any reference to Porsche or others.
    2 points
  12. I know this may attract some undesirable remarks, but I'm thinking of selling my 1998 V8 to get a 410 sport and was wondering what the market is like for V8's. Also what would be a fair price? In great condition and had cambelts done only 1500 miles ago. 43k Miles on the clock.
    2 points
  13. Apparently they only take bookings for diners. So let's just turn up (19:30ish?) and grab a table. See if anyone can get there before Dave! More than 6 - grab two tables!
    2 points
  14. Definitely Soup! Harry's Garage is always good too watch as well, but mostly I don't subscribe, just look for interesting episodes across different channels.
    2 points
  15. My white excel at a photo-shoot over 20 years ago. (no nipples this time..)
    2 points
  16. Hello, short presentation: I live in Switzerland, I am over 30 years old but under 40, I really like cars and I am the proud owner of an Exige 410. before the 410, I had a 350 for 8 months. I come here to find tips and share mine. good road to all! TheShur
    1 point
  17. Hi all, Bought my first Lotus this weekend, a 1990 Turbo SE with 51.300km on the clock. Original Dutch car, totally original condition and FSH. Owner had her for 28 years and traded in for the last new Evora for sale in NL, even though he is in his late '70ies. Respect! He cared for the Esprit to such an extent that she still smells new. She will need to get used to being used - I take my cars all over Europe and she has not driven more than 2,000kms in the past 10 years. I'll have to wake her up a bit, methinks, and she will encounter this new phenomenon called "rain" at some point. She will be well cared-for, though, but she was bought to be driven. I am a Ferrari man at heart (have owned 6 and done over 150,000kms in them) but I've always loved all true petrolhead brands and Lotus has been admired since I was a kid. Picking the Lotus up next weekend and looking forward to getting to know her and making some new friends to boot. Very different car to experience and I'm loving the diversity. Current stable is a 1998 550 Maranello, 2001 Boxster S, 1996 Griffith 500 (project, nearly finished). Looking forward to being in the Lotus family! But first - the small matter of transferring funds.... haha Onno
    1 point
  18. So! Finally getting round to starting a 'build' thread on here for my 1979 Lotus Esprit S2 'garage find'. Bit of background: I bought this car almost exactly a year ago after it had ben found in a garage after at least 22 years after the owner had sadly passed away. It turns out that the length of time in this garage could be as much as 32 years based on the last time it was taxed in 1988. This garage was your typical concrete sweaty/damp/floodable type and the condition of the car is pretty bad with every metallic surface corroded and the interior mouldy to the point the carpets had disintegrated ...... So bringing you up to date, I've had the car for a year and I've started the disassembly (with covid causing a bit of a hiatus during various lockdowns) and I'm trying to document what I can on my YouTube channel 'granblogismo' . The playlist is below if you fancy catching up and I'll post updates and new video links in here as I release them: Latest video released yesterday, quite a bit of progress looks-wise getting the rear stripped down and removing the wiring loom was easier than I thought but obviously refitting is different (that's future-me's problem though haha):
    1 point
  19. Don't have a [chassis] leg to stand on. 🤓
    1 point
  20. builders bum gave it away to me
    1 point
  21. 1 point
  22. This is from a while back where I used to live. At the end of a cul de sac. Can you imagine how much the council would have been charged for it too!
    1 point
  23. As Dr Kildare would say, "I concur".
    1 point
  24. To add to Barry’s suggestion.....I’m going to stick my neck out and recommend the wheels are returned to silver and the tail lights changed to non-smoked. I appreciate the car has been modified more than the points I’m picking on, but feel the changes suggested will widen the range of potential buyers. I think the car is personally too personalised (each to their own though!) to get it’s true value. I hope this doesn’t come over too blunt.....genuinely trying to help as always👍
    1 point
  25. I have to say the roundel on the side doesnt do it for me either. buddsy
    1 point
  26. 1 point
  27. I dont know how much V8's go for. A pretty penny I'd say but I guess thats down to your expctation? That said I thought I knew how much the G cars are worth but looks like Im out of date with that too! buddsy
    1 point
  28. What are everyone's expectations on the Emira? I'm guessing to see a better looking Cayman/Boxster. Lotus seems to be copying the same 4/6 cylinder game as Porshe. It would be a shame if it wasn't considerably lighter than the Porsche. I expect to see a much more livable interior than the Exige/Elise, finally a decent radio/nav solution, easier entry/exit so that the car akes for a better daily. Real assets for me would be 4-wheel steering and active suspension, which would allow a much wider span between (not just) Norfolk B-roads and track circuits. Hey, Lotus was once the leader in inventing this! I would hate to lose any steering fell over the Elise/Exige. Unfortunately I can't see Lotus getting the build quality, gaps and such quite up to Porsche level in one generation. BIt of a shame they're directly targeting Porsches least selling model.
    1 point
  29. 17.7kg is the rear muffler?
    1 point
  30. Having driven an Evora Sport 410 this weekend on some of my favourite roads, I can say you will not be disappointed. The steering is sublime, ridiculously good. Suspension not too harsh and coped with poor A and B road surfaces with aplomb - never making me feel nervous. The exhaust noise is crazy - standard factory. Beautiful and inspiring but it may attract attention one does not want. Carbon seats are a total winner. Comfy and lower you in the cabin so you really are in your capsule, ready for launch. Justin
    1 point
  31. Looks fantastic. Congratulations. Before I bought mine I enquired about a 410 in that colour but it had already sold. Nice list of planned modifications too.
    1 point
  32. All sorted. It was silly simple - I just didn't understand how it came together until I took it apart. What I didn't realize is that the compression fit collar is an NPT fitting that can be replaced by anything else that has an NPT thread - so it was just a matter of getting an NPT barb. One of the parts cars at our "race shop" already had the barb in its very-corroded tank. A couple new copper washers, a bit of a clean-up, & job done. (To be honest, I'm not sure if it's actually NPT - I got the barb out of the same spot on the parts car, so I knew it was the correct thread) old compression fitting on old hose: Banjo assembly with new barb Assembled & sealed, ready for new hose:
    1 point
  33. Choose your words more carefully Barry! @mg4lotus use your mobile, but it's quite NSFW!
    1 point
  34. ? not spotted anything unusual. Do I need my eyes testing?
    1 point
  35. And others were so hen pecked by their wives they were only ALLOWED to buy a sports car if it had 4 seats!
    1 point
  36. The chassis and some body parts might live on, but it will not be a Lotus, nor will it be an Elise. It will not have that DNA that made the Elise so special. Look at the VX220, largely unloved in the Lotus world and that was even built at hethel! I think Final Edition Lotus Elise owners will be very happy with their cars ad in the long run they will prove to be a great investment, as well as a great toy.
    1 point
  37. oh and the lotus guru now too lol 😆
    1 point
  38. Can’t beat a john deere
    1 point
  39. I definitely needed a longer reach 2 ton engine hoist (1570mm jib) to reach the engine in my 89 Esprit. I tried the 1 ton version (1173mm reach) and that did not reach far enough. It's much more difficult to raise the crane high enough to pull from the side. Pulling from the rear is much easier.
    1 point
  40. Deposit down this afternoon 👍 If I like it I have a decision to make, if not money back... win win so to speak.
    1 point
  41. Just looking through some old pictures and found this, the bacon sandwich and coffee before the Brands festival 😍the sun shines on the righteous 😛
    1 point
  42. Been giving #005 some mechanical TLC this week. Lovely mota.
    1 point
  43. I love these so called motoring “journalists” with all that knowledge they have......you’d have thought they would’ve remembered in their summary, arguably the biggest seller of the range - the Turbo Esprit! And is it possible to read an article these days, without it containing a typo?! My pet hate.....especially in the world of predictive text and spell check. Lazy proofing....and the link at the bottom of their piece doesn’t work either - words fail me.😤
    1 point
  44. Fab ! I can attempt my venture into car detailing ! Starting with partners car
    1 point
  45. This is what’s inside the smaller 2” gauges. No white just blue, and only round the sides The faces are different, and care needs to be taken when removing the internals so as not to bend the needle. There are two parts to them and the top can be levered off. Taking the cap/s off makes it a lot easier when you come to refit the internals. There is a white reflecting band around the top inner. The back of the base has some white paint on and the back of the cap has the blue again. End results Rev counter and speedo The speedo trip reset cable has been replaced as I managed to break the end of mine when I was liberating it from the dashboard. Don’t try and disconnect it from the speedo from the outside. The business end of the cable has a Hexagonal pocket which sits over a hex ended rod inside the speedo, as you remove the internals it will disconnect from the pocket. If you then twist the cable through 45deg (outside) then press the two clips on the inside it will pop out. Time has not been kind to the faces, the markings are degrading and showing some smudging of the text. Caused by damp?? I have not been able to find any replacements so I decided to get them clean by gently dry wiping them. Sort of worked, they are not as good as I would have liked but then the car is 46 years old! When refitting the glass there is no O ring, just the one for the bezel and the dash. Onto the next job. The air-con Unit!
    1 point
  46. I was meant to post this months ago. Sorry Bibs Bibs not only made the covers for my Esprits as I posted in the past, but he recently made a cover for one of my Lambos and it fits perfect. It's actually WAY better in quality and fit than the factory item!
    1 point
  47. Hello Bibs, I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the cover I ordered with you for the Esprit; It is perfect and fits like a glove. It is clearly a top quality item - So much so, that I wished there was some left over for a duvet cover...Now, there's an idea... Regards, Simon
    1 point


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