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  1. After several years of lurking/researching here, I finally started seriously looking at and bidding on S3's last year. Won one on Ebay in December but never managed to actually complete the deal, and then this one popped up locally, a 1987 HC NA, which is my favourite model as well. Much as I always said I'd never own any black car, when I went to look this was just so striking in black with the double red pinstripe that I decided I could make an exception! Overall it is in very good condition with the previous owner looking after it for 18 years, but I've already started making a few tweaks to it since taking delivery couple of weeks ago, and will slowly make a few more minor improvements as well, hopefully in between driving and enjoying it. When things open up again will hopefully meet some other owners in and around London/Kent/Essex. Regards, Paul
    9 points
  2. Kinda funny with this funeral talk.... I met my wife at my funeral home and she hates my lotus, purchased the GT early March. She just doesn’t get it.... last week I went to the grocery in my evora, as I was leaving a young and very attractive blond girl parked a few spots away, she got out of her vehicle as I was putting stuff away. She said this car is so 47%*4&3 hot... I usually park on the other side of the lot but I had to check to car out. My response was thanks... and I wish my wife felt that way... she got a good laugh... when I went home and told my wife, she’s like no...
    8 points
  3. Have a good start of the week folks.
    6 points
  4. Hi Bling I have a 1981 Dry Sump Turbo Esprit, Calypso Red, mustard leather, split rim Compomotives, engine rebuilt. I may be selling in the near future, you are more than welcome to come and see it anytime, I am 2 miles from the old Lotus factory in Cheshunt, Goffs Oak, easy to find. I can’t use the messaging system as my inbox is over capacity so if you want to contact me send me an email to [email protected] Regards David
    4 points
  5. @thebartman (Julian) is a very excited new(ish) owner, and has foolishly entrusted his pride and joy to yours truly for the visitation of mayhem, violence and trade-pack expletives upon his rear suspension. I happen to know that he gets a bit of a weird kick out of gory car photos, so these are for him. Stripped the whole lot off the car today. As expected, both lower links are seized solid. Extracted the N/S one today, but saving the other for Julian's hands-on visit tomorrow. I'm sure he's very excited at the thought of playing with his bits... .
    3 points
  6. This is a very advance notice of a trip to the Windmill at Pakenham, Suffolk, home of @windymiller He is hosting a classic car run in the morning, and has suggested we arrive around 12.30 so as not to confuse things. There will probably be members from other areas as well. I'll be sending out the PM closer to the date, but if you can add your names to the list sooner rather than later, so that Alan knows how many to expect. ChrisJ
    2 points
  7. For me it was the installation of a charger in the front driveway. Could not make such a long term commitment. And also the lack of a specific Evija model folder in TLF. Total no no.
    2 points
  8. Having chatted with @windymiller To save you having to sign up to the HEC regional group, can you add your names here if you are going to come so that Alan can know how many to expect. I've added a calendar event to the HEC group - not sure if you will see it. PhilW
    2 points
  9. Good to hear you found it and it was a minor issue (as we were all hoping). 🙂 Sounds like you don't even need a new harness, just repair that connection (replace or fix the connector).
    2 points
  10. £1000 “toppy”? On a £55-£85k car? What were you expecting to hand over? A £5 book token?
    2 points
  11. Well finally got it home yesterday and really pleased with it. weather was awful for the drive back but the car was fantastic. Gave it a wash this morning and have a few very minor jobs to do with it. it’s tucked up with its garage mates now.
    2 points
  12. So belts changed. Oil and filter changed. Time for a spin
    2 points
  13. err its not funny !!! its a need so and well not an immediate itch, given its taken me 35 years to buy a lotus but well i need another and its what i should of bought many years ago and thats an s3 but id like to restore one so (and i know this is a long long long shot) if and when any one has a hint of one maybe you could think of me ??
    1 point
  14. this is pure torture i need an s3
    1 point
  15. It appears the very first Turbos, Essex and non-Essex Turbos had black handles...?
    1 point
  16. so three years ago we were forced to pick up and run my dads business or see him kicked out of his house (he was 90 at the time and had just undergone major life saving heart surgery) me and my two sisters have "other jobs" family and comitments but during this "difficult period" we lost our dear mum to pancreatic cancer, so three years on (after loosing money hand over fist to begin with) we are getting back to balancing the books (that sadly doesnt mean profit or wages) but early days i had looked around and i have these kinda quirky ideas one of which was weddings at the windmill, i mentioned it to a young local couple i know a while back and they jumped at the idea (and i saw this and do see this as a key pivotal point on viability) they came back today with the wedding planner (yes i know well thats the thing you have these days) so make or break meeting and well ...... they all absolutely adored the idea and the venue !!! whoop whoop !!! such a relief !!!! big exhale !!! maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel (but that must involve an esprit s3)
    1 point
  17. You can’t possibly sell this @Dan E - it’s a thing of beauty mate!!👏👏
    1 point
  18. It really is interesting.
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  19. I don’t remember fitting underlay anywhere in the car. Steve’s carpets should be glued down as they are supplied. The only padded area was the rear bulkhead behind the seats, and for that I used a sheet material from NK Group which has a lead barrier in it. Noise Killer or something like that, I think.
    1 point
  20. It could be if people wanted it to be, otherwise we can have the monthly meet the week after/before - or even have breakfast, and those that want to could drive on up for lunch As it is something different, thought it best to put it out there early so that people can make plans. There's also a thread in the Norfolk/Suffolk section about it.
    1 point
  21. Yes we could have a dedicated sub-forum for all the TLF Evija owners.
    1 point
  22. Yeh, it was the timing and a cashflow issue for me (as in, my cash doesn't flow that fast!)
    1 point
  23. Or £500,000 for a matching pair. One ready for when the other runs out of electricity.
    1 point
  24. Painting the petrol caps is my list of things to do, I’ve replaced the Stevens steering wheel with the Giugiaro wheel shown in the first pic, I have a new Momo Turbo steering wheel to fit but don’t have the crash pad, if anyone knows of one for sale I would be interested. Leather was faded and cracked when purchased so that has been re-connolised.
    1 point
  25. Drag Racing, Coffee & Lots of Rain at Santa Pod Raceway When you’re invited to a day of drag racing, it’s hard to say no. Partnered with EST Performance we recently attended a ‘Run What Ya Brung’ event at Santa Pod, including some of the following in our team: Mercedes C63 AMG - 630bhp Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio - 598bhp BMW M2 - 550bhp Mercedes A45 AMG - 540bhp Ford Fiesta ST200 - 280bhp Volkswagen Caddy Van - 170bhp Not being local to the drag meant there was a fair road trip ahead of us before arrival - this was made more entertaining with the convoy of the above vehicles, however. A food stop, coffee stop & fuel stop later, the crew had arrived but with mountain-like weather conditions. Although the strong winds had stopped us from putting out our gazebo, it wasn’t going to stop us from preparing cars, stickering them up & ultimately racing! We knew many eyes would be watching today’s event, whether it be online, through the snaps of the photographers, or in person… so ensuring the motors were looking their best was fundamental. Quick Detailers are perfect for this sort of activity and task which is exactly why we have an extensive selection in our range. However, to start the day we didn’t need every product as the majority of our miles to Santa Pod Raceway were on the motorway, meaning bug splats and windscreen smears were our biggest target - an easy task for Glass Cleaner & Bug Remover . The rain helped wash away the rest which ironically presented another problem: water droplets on cars! Something that may come as a surprise to some is your car has to be dry to race. Thankfully, being who we are, there were plenty of drying towels and microfibre cloths on hand to get the fleet dry, but it did catch a number of people by surprise… With the drag strip finally open, the rush to get some times began. You can watch how our team did against the clock here . Sadly the dry spells did not hold up so before we knew it we were back in the pits. Most of the day was comparable to queuing for your favourite ride at a theme park, only in the wind & rain. Elliott, our detailer, had his Caddy Van which turned out to be a great refuge to the weather. Once the track reopened and we were underway, many vehicles were finding glue and tar stuck to their vehicles. Citrus Bling proved to be an excellent accessory before it fully set to the panels. A few sprays and a simple wipe, then you’re set for another round in the spotlight. The Mercedes A45 in our fleet had a full body wrap, so the tool of choice for this was Matte Protect . Having it been a hotter day, no doubt there would have been some bad odour in the cockpits and helmets of a lot of individuals. Enzyme Odour Eater thrives in these environments, and whilst it was minimal on our track day, we made sure to utilise it where necessary for a fresh journey home. It doesn’t matter how much power your motor has, there is a place for our Quick Detailers in your arsenal. Watch the full experience here: https://youtu.be/SVmNZiPmrdM
    1 point
  26. Thanks all - very happy to be an owner finally! Bazza - yes, I have yet to get my CoP (obviously will do it through the forums here), but having seen the certificate for the other car, there were only 2 black HC's built, the other with a double gold pinstripe. That car also sold late last year, and had been on the market for quite a long time in 2019 too. I kept looking at it back then, but at the time the gold for some reason just didn't do it for me, despite being in seemingly great condition overall. I'd always really wanted a Calypso Red one, but clearly the black slowly permeated into my brain, and I'm happy it did! A lot of interesting coincidences in the history of mine too - it lived on Canary Wharf for a few years in the 1990's just along the road from me, and is now back again!
    1 point
  27. That too, every Lotus needs threatening with a hammer from time to time, it’s a language they understand. Also prevents it rolling down the gradient from my garage as I have to pull it out and push it in, need a bigger garage.
    1 point
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  29. Alicia got home today. I will get another photo that she has which quite clearly shows two faces. I'll have to get Caleb's photo as well. He was right beside her when he took his.
    1 point
  30. Pay by credit card or even Visa debit. Should cover if dealer goes under. Perhaps there is a time limit but the system def works. Visa Debit, I got my air fares back when BA refused to refund after Covid hit - BA cancelled the flights. Or buy via a strong dealer. Oakmere, Bell and Colvill and probably Silverstone. Hendy should be fine, they have been around (as Ford +) since my school days - I was at prep with Paul Hendy, he now owns majority stake. Have not seen him for 40+ years. Justin
    1 point
  31. Come on, it's cup half full time. Your beloved needs another car, so you need another garage to fulfill your sweethearts dreams. Big brownie points.
    1 point
  32. My M250 deposit comprised an initial £1000 followed by a further £1500 when Lotus took orders. The dealer went bust but thankfully I got £1500 back as the dealer passed this on to the factory. I'm still waiting for the other £1000. I was lucky, some folk lost £2500. Kinsey Jones the dealer was, if ever I see him I will 'remind' him of the debt.
    1 point
  33. But the symptoms include a dodgy Tikka
    1 point
  34. I'll be up for local meets once my car arrives in August, based in Worcester
    1 point
  35. I’m sure it’s just a mild Vindaflu 🙄
    1 point
  36. I gave Bell and Colvill £1000 deposit on the new Esprit in around 2005....I eventually used it against a 2010 Evora in 2018. Justin
    1 point
  37. as the factory order book isn't even open yet i assume this is essentially to get you at the top of the list with the dealer. I would expect min £2.5k, poss' even £5k. Personally i am happy to wait although i may well be calling Silverstone from FOS on 9th July 😀
    1 point
  38. I was able to get the 4S in 225/40/18 from Blackcircles (and 15% off the rears as well), came to £559 which I thought was excellent for all four.
    1 point
  39. Pass airbag looks a little raised, a good price though
    1 point
  40. Reliability pure and simple! Proof is in the pudding though. They have it on a rally car so that will give it a thorough test!
    1 point
  41. ***** I like my Evora now as I did with my Esprit for 28 years and find my personal motivation typically reflected in talks with other Lotus car enthousiasts.... Imho people buying / interested in Lotus are a kind of car enthousiasts (generally with a financially "limited" budget / versus a top budget over 150-200k GBP) and with a rather specific taste, different as the potential buyers of several other sport cars. I truly hope that the Emira will be a succes for Lotus, however I doubt if the real world sales finally will find it's way outside the borders of the typical Lotus enthousiasts in considerable numbers. Frankly speaking, if the new Evora shows to be successful outside the typical Lotus crowd it is not a Lotus any more as they were...... I hate to say this, mainly because of the fantastic work of the Lotus manufacturing crew, however I feel it can happen (again). People which in first instance consider a Porsche and finally switching over to the Emira will be very limited.......imho.
    1 point
  42. Great to see another one being saved!
    1 point
  43. Congratulations on the new car Eddie @a7esk Heard it get a mention on Duggystone Radio this morning which was great, but you do need to educate your fellow presenter on the reliability of the Evora and "modern" Lotus in general.
    1 point
  44. Looks smart that @C8RKH - heres another pic from a different angle
    1 point
  45. Alan Im only down the road. Ill come over assuming dry weather
    1 point
  46. Thanks chaps. Been discharged this evening - just higher than normal heart rate and chest pain due to this. Same as before - they are looking to fit a 7 day monitor to see what’s going on. She’s otherwise fit and well.
    1 point
  47. You missed the narrative to go with it @PaulCP
    1 point
  48. Thanks @MrP_! A bit more progress now. It’s really coming together nicely I think.
    1 point
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