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  1. London to Kettering was indeed successfully completed last Sunday, although the car got very slightly rained on while parked up there for the day (and I forgot to take photos by the water!). So combined with the 200 mile return journey needed a wash, which I quickly did at lunchtime today as it was so nice outside, and just popped to the garage to fill it up ready for the next adventure. It did 30mpg by my calculation so very happy with that, and definitely more economical than taking the main car, so man maths wins... Hopefully taking it out tomorrow for two visits in London and Kent, which makes it a very enjoyable day out of the office. Looking forward to the North Weald meet in a few weeks too, let's hope the better weather stays around for that.
    5 points
  2. Thing is the evora is so good. There was nothing really that was in the running for my cash, I wanted something easy on the eye without being flashy, something I could get my young girls in (my kids before you make any funny remarks 😂😂) and something that was interesting and fun without astronomical depreciation, and astronomical running costs. Evora really did punch all the buttons it truly is a great car and they are worth every penny!
    4 points
  3. Another Zero cost Evora (+ a service) year of ownership and an mot pass today. 😁👍
    3 points
  4. had the garage door open today when an amazon driver turned up, he held his arms wide apart and says "i look at lotus ?" (he wasnt from suffolk 😁!!) "beautifull beautifull car" he states "thank you for letting me look" and off he went on his way (probably wont be there in the morning now !! (i jest 🤔)
    3 points
  5. Ive been a member here for a while and an owner of a M100 for around three years. Thought it is about time I introduced myself. in early 2018 I bought M100 IB10 from Lotusman33. One of the first built in 89 and last to leave in 96. I’ve loved my ownership having attended the 70th Lotus event (car represented the model in the one of every model area.), the 30th anniversary of the m100 at Castle Combe. I also packed the car up and drove to and around Italy for 6 weeks in 2019 to celebrate my 50th, 10th wedding anniversary and 30th car birthday. This year I decided to add another Lotus to the garage, a car I’ve adored for over 40 years, an Esprit. Wish I had bought when I was first looking in 96 but the time just wasn’t right. Anyway, few weeks ago I found this S3. Previous owner found it in a barn. It had been stored for 16 years but regularly started, and spent 9 months restoring it. I’m over the moon with my purchase. It’s had a huge amount of work completed but still has a few things I want to improve.
    2 points
  6. Lot of tosh about low mileage cars being spouted here. What’s the perceived premium on this one? It’s what £4K - £5K more than most? But it’s covered less than 7k miles. So probably 20% of the distance most have covered. To me that easily justifies a 15% higher price. Just because it hasn’t been driven everyday, it doesn’t mean it’s all seized up and perished. It’s got a full service history, lives in a garage and has one owner. It still has a fresh oyster interior and the bodywork also looks mint, so needs nothing spending on it. Why would you not seriously consider it, if you’re on the look-out for an early Evora?
    2 points
  7. The Fuel Door release actuators (89-03) are from Early GM cars as follows under the General Motors part number: 20597640 This particular number has the correct manual release 1988-1991 Buick Reatta 1986-1991 Buick Riviera 1986-1991 Cadillac Eldorado 1986-1991 Cadillac Seville 1986-1991 Oldsmobile Toronado
    2 points
  8. With these cars, ‘super low miles’ (and being garaged lots) generally means that a lot of the Evora ‘niggles’ haven’t been caught or ironed out. Especially on a earlier car. Personally, I would much rather a newer, better optioned S for similar money.
    2 points
  9. Yes I looked at this thinking £34k for 59 plate what’s mine worth but then look at ridiculous low mileage then I can understand their pricing structure !
    2 points
  10. Hi all, my first time posting on TLF but thought I'd better add my name to this list. Seems like we're part of a pretty exclusive club! My Cup 250 is scheduled to be ready for collection in early July (from Central Lotus) - can't wait 😄 Cup250FE CocoPops - Isotope Green / Red Interior / Black Wheels 08sag - Met Orange / Silver Interior / Black Wheels JG250 - Vivid Green / Silver Interior / Black Wheels Jonnyboy - Metallic Grey TonyKL - Fire Red Alunavegg - Daytona Blue AndyM - Daytona Blue Baefi - Vivid Green SuzyH - Pearl yellow huage-f1 - Elise Grey, Black interior with silver contrast stitching / Diamond cut wheels kerm111t - Vivid Green / Silver Interior / Diamond Cut Wheels Sport240FE Cyph3r - Burnt Orange / Anthracite Wheels Happyclappygiraffe - Epsom Green / Tan leather interior / black wheels Andrew190783 - Azure Blue / Black wheels Trebor_UK - Red / Anthracite Wheels
    2 points
  11. Just drove into the vaccine centre, my welcome? 'Beautiful car!'
    2 points
  12. Yes, finance is key here - something the german marques do well is essentially subsidise the cars when purchased through their own finance schemes. Every new VAG group car for instance, always launches with some incredible lease deals too; these get the cars on the road for people to see and those owners in turn help promote the value for money.
    2 points
  13. Great comments. If seems like this is going to be a struggle for Lotus, as even hardcore Lotus fans on here are pessimistic about their chances. In which case, as correctly said, those who currently hardly even know about Lotus are very unlikely to put their money into one, never mind one that might be perceived as relatively expensive. When in doubt, people will opt for the perceived 'safe' choice. This is, and will likely always be, German marques. I can't see the Emira being good enough in enough areas to beat them. I am not convinced being the most powerful car in the sector will make much difference. I think a lo of you will disappointed with the standard power at launch. I am not convinced being the best built, most comfy, most economical, technically advanced and best sounding car in the sector will make much difference. Therefore, I believe this is actually down to a Brand play. It is about selling the experience of Lotus. They have to go back to Basic Marketing 101. They need to project the car as so hot and desirable that it transcends common purchase sense and backs it up with an experience, which is actually true to the core Lotus ethos. How? Yes, they do need to get Influencers on board (they have most of the power now, like it or not) Splash out on some amazing promo videos in stunning locations Broker ideas with celebrities. Place the car in movies | Bond baddie, Bourne, John Wick, Need for Speed, Matrix 4, whatever. Sell Ads on F1 TV slots Do some crazy stunts in them - have a stuntman jump one over 12 Caymans | Parachute a Union-Jacked Emira out of a transport plane onto a small island. Play the anti-establishment, anarchic, stick it to the man, game. "Electric is coming. Before you sell your soul , get in the new Lotus Emira" Get invites out to every passionate petrol head out there to drive the car, have experience days. Lastly. Yes, the finance offer needs to be red hot as that is how most people now pay and play. Come on Lotus.
    2 points
  14. Pre-registration is just to help the caterers planning, just turning up is absolutely fine
    2 points
  15. Filming for the lotus in the Peaks promotion video, photo courtesy of oneelvenfilms please check there amazing lotus content on YouTube and Instagram.
    2 points
  16. Hello! After lurking here for ages it’s probably time I contributed something, so here’s a thread about my 76 Elite 503. I bought it unseen on eBay in August 2017, fighting off a total of zero other determined bidders. It somehow had an MOT and was a runner, but I collected it on a trailer because I’m foolish but not that foolish. I trailered it to storage with a friend for a while, and thence to Lotusbits who rebuilt the top end and the steering and the brakes and suspension and stuff. It was a long list and entirely transformed the car. For sone reason I then decided it was the ideal car to drive through the snow from home in south Wales to a work meeting in the New Forest via London, which went fine apart from when the headlights failed in a biblical rainstorm in the dark on the M3 (the switch broke). The heater even worked for some of the trip. Other than that it’s had the great courtesy only to break down as I’m backing it into my shed, so a quick push home has been enough to recover it. The first time was when the main earth lead fell off, because some genius (not me) had attached the connector to the cable with a dab of solder instead of a BFO crimping tool, and the second proved to be the fuel pump being eaten by ethanol. The fuel pump rebuild features in my YouTube channel. I have a modest collection of 1970s and 80s cars and the Elite is definitely a favourite; I have also done a brief general review of the Elite to try and enthuse others about these brilliant and hugely entertaining if slightly quirky devices - link below in case of interest. So mechanically it’s quite good but cosmetically it’s a bit grim. There’s still lots to do. More on that to follow.
    1 point
  17. Came across this video of a simulator for mechanics. You can restore a whole Lotus without getting your hands dirty ! Great for people like @Sparky and @CHANGES - would save a few stubbed fingers 😉 Looks like you would need to learn Japanese first, or is that Chinese, I can't tell. Who comes up with these ideas.
    1 point
  18. If you can hold the car 10 years; Lotus is historically a great value. Look at how much a 2012 Evora sells for compared to what it cost new. Not many sports car in that price range are like that.
    1 point
  19. Very nice. It was without doubt one of my top five holidays.Just exceptional. I did a write up of the trip for LEC and Club Lotus 🙂 I’m keen to build up my knowledge and confidence in the Esprit to do some driving trips in that. I’m planning to do the nc500 next year, just haven’t decided which car to use yet 😁
    1 point
  20. Fab cars both. I drove to Italy for my 50th in 2017. 18 days, 3340 miles, 9 countries.... But not a Lotus. The '73 XJ6. Justin
    1 point
  21. I don't see that as much of a problem. Most of the engine bay is GRP as well and not all is covered with reflective or insulating material. By removing the cover ventilation will improve, so less heat trapped in the engine bay. I've done >60k miles without the cover, no signs of ill effects. It is louder in the cabin though, especially at higher loads. So for traveling I put the cover back (if I don't forget), so we're able to have more of a conversation on long motorway runs.
    1 point
  22. Low mileage is always super-desirable. That is the market. And find another. You can always lower the price. I don't consider it expensive. I don't understand why a one owner, hardly used car would have the gear knob changed and the red trim added to the steering wheel (personal preference but not a change I favour)- easy swap but originality is king on low milers, so seller should get those changed back. Justin
    1 point
  23. the value of anything offered for sale is determined by the need / want of the purchaser and the availability of the item for sale , early days i clicked on parkers guides etc for values of evoras etc and well its laughable, barry had ummers and arrr ers when he sold the car i have (at a lesser price) i broke the guys arm off to buy the evora we now have because id done my research i knew what i wanted what i was prepared to pay for it, ive watched cars go up and missed the boat because i cudnt justify the deal but ultimately who needs a stupid mental super car ?? everyone does is the answer as ive latterly found out !!!
    1 point
  24. Saw the pictures of that Exige on Instagram earlier in the week... oh my word! Can't wait to see how mine looks now! Have to say I was a bit worried about the silver seats (after the issues with the colours on the configurator) but I'm actually really pleased with how they look against the vivid green. Will post some pics on here for sure 👍
    1 point
  25. The Vivid Green Cup430 with silver seats and diamond Cut wheels, simply stunning A FE Cup250 in this combination is going to look fantastic well done Rob you have ticked all the right option boxes there. Can not wait to see it 🏆
    1 point
  26. Don't think B&C have much of a stock of Evora's - their web site indicated none when I looked a couple of days ago.
    1 point
  27. seemingly if we get adverse hot weather or cold its all part of global warming !!! personally i do accept (of course) average temps are increasing but i dont accept the reasoning behind the alarmists claims 😑
    1 point
  28. Watching the vid, the fronts are also definitely the funky, BMW version.
    1 point
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  31. No - that'll be wrong also. I have come to the conclusion that whatever course of action is taken the enviromentalists will find something to moan about.
    1 point
  32. Ask @Sparky about Meriva clutch changes
    1 point
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  34. Got the Rimmer one and half he price of SJ's for the exact same unit.
    1 point
  35. Well Dominic Cummings is today trying it seems to completely upstage Megan Markle in the how to be a complete twat stakes. Why are the government’s select committee allowing this knobhead to have a stage to act out on?
    1 point
  36. Happy birthday Bibs, sorry I'm late! And indeed congratulations on your engagement!
    1 point
  37. Scalextric should make one. At least it would sound pretty similar to the real thing.
    1 point
  38. Well... them.. of course I have ridden past it many times on cycle club rides and on my motorcycles. I will finally actually park up and take a proper look close up. I have heard good things about B&C so was more than happy to have them take my money. Just down the A3 for me.
    1 point
  39. 😂 Ohh gosh I know this place 😂
    1 point
  40. 😀😀. By this logic there's a complex Web of bigamy on the forum, - and I'm guessing most other classic car forums. No shortage of members to this club 😜😜. Tony
    1 point
  41. Just to chime in from the perspective of a low deposit, high monthly “buyer”... this is the approach I took as I’m not a good saver and I’ve invested what savings I had into doing up my house. I could try and save for a few years to buy the car I want but I’m greedy and impatient! I know this is not the most financially responsible approach and it does bug me when I look at what I owe verses the value of the car!... However as others have pointed out this is how the vast majority of people finance their vehicles these days and Lotus need to embrace that. When I’ve been to lotus dealers I feel a bit embarrassed that I’m not in a position to put tens of thousands down against the car I want. Other brands actively encourage and embrace that sort of buyer and make it very easy to buy a new car (easier/cheaper than buying a nearly new one!)
    1 point
  42. Definately clocked a road going Evora bodied mule just now. The arches were extended and may have had twin exhausts. Didn't realise until it passed me that it looked different.
    1 point
  43. The Shifnal estate agent has said that generally people just aren't moving around in rental properties at the moment and currently he has a waiting list in the hundreds for 2 & 3 bed rentals. He suggested setting up alerts on websites like Zoopla and getting in touch the instant you get an alert.
    1 point
  44. Actually, I think 50:50 0% finance is pretty great to be honest. That's what got me over the line with buying a brand new V6 exige. I'd like something similar for the Emira but the key thing would be 0% interest rate. Toyota have sold out the UK allocation of GR Yaris but no doubt were helped by a frankly stonking finance deal - 8k down, 299 per month on 0% interest. I'd take something along the lines of 25k down, 500 per month for 3 years and 30k balloon.
    1 point
  45. I see a lot of McLarens and similar priced cars on the road, from listening to conversations with owners at track meets etc it seems that a lot of these are purchased on the never-never. People put down c. £25k deposit, then sign up to £1.3 -2k per month on HP/PCP and keep the car for say 1-2 years. They then swap it in for something new and similar and repeat the cycle (so another £25-30k and another 12-24 months at £1.3-2k per month) and so it goes. They never actually "own" the car and are effectively paying the depreciation charge (I assume the vast majority of these owners have the ability to net off the VAT through their business accounts). It seems a lot of these cars are bought that way and it is why many of them end up with 3, 4 or even 5 owners in 4, 5 or 6 years. Think about it, a £180k McLaren car will have around £36k of VAT in the price, so £144k net. Minus the deposit of say £25k and £15k of annual payments. That gives you a balance of what £90-95k after 2 years and these cars are priced for around £105-110k on the forecourt. Sounds about right. So for around £2.5k per month you can have a brand new £180k supercar, with full warranty etc, every 2 years. Personally, a finance agreement like that would keep me awake at night. Scary stuff. But for a lot of buyers, £700 per month plus on a car finance deal seems to be the norm. Nuts. So, finance deals is what gives access to the "brand". Celebrity helps to establish the brand (wonder how much it cost Audi for Tom Hardy for the latest etron GT adverts?). The Evora did not sell not because it was not a great looking car. Not because it was too cheap or too expensive. Not because it was not a superb drivers car. It did not sell in numbers purely because nobody knew a thing about it. They did not know it existed. The vast majority of people, even now, 12 years from its launch simply still do not know what an Evora is. End of. The marketing was non existent almost, crap and therefore ineffective. We can try to say it wasn't, but the reality is in the sales numbers. The brand awareness was nowhere. Journo's loved it, but they were the only ones who drove it, along with diehard brand loyalists who had eagerly awaited its launch and jumped into their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or more Lotus of their ownership lifetime. So for the Emira to be a success it needs to: 1. Be marketed so people understand what it is. How it goes. Why it is special 2. Be supported by a vastly improved dealer network (need more dealers and in some cases much better dealers - we all know the truly great dealers and the ones to avoid) 3. Be available with a comprehensive warranty (if Ferrari can offer 7 years, why can't Lotus offer 5?) and an attractive set of finance options to suit all (large or small deposits, large or small monthly payments etc) 4. It needs to be better than a Cayman. Not as good as. But better. It needs, from a price and performance perspective to smash the Cayman out of the park from a driving, build quality and looks (the latter should not be hard let's face it as the Cayman is no "looker") perspective. Every journo, "influencer" (god I hate that term) etc who drives it needs to be comparing it to the Cayman and proclaiming the Cayman is dead! 5. Lotus needs to make itself "cool" to the masses. It can be done. McLaren did it in what 12 years from nothing as a "road" car brand. But it did through launching with the MP4 a car that quite literally rewrote the rule book on cool, performance, etc. literally the bosses of Porsche, Audi, Ferrari and Aston Martin must have been shitting themselves when the pure performance of that thing became clear. Who cared about the issues with build quality back then? No one, the clamour to have a McLaren was unabated from launch for the first 2 years. We'll get a good idea in a few weeks at Goodwood as to whether the car looks, goes and performs as it needs to to be a winner. But without fixes to the dealer networks, finance, warranty etc then will it really fly, or just be a glimmer of what it could have been, like the Evora?
    1 point
  46. A few pics from a photo shoot at Glenshee Ski Centre Braemar.
    1 point
  47. Yes, my Evija has not arrived for some reason.
    1 point
  48. The important thing is, what does Greta say? I mean, she's a world renowned, widely published, highly qualified scientist and researcher with years of experience behind her. Courted by politicians. Heads of State. Musicians. Grannies and middle aged middle class knobs the world over. I'm with Greta the Great. Soothsayer and saviour.
    1 point
  49. They're probably better off listening to Lotus than elsewhere, they're a pretty reliable source on what cars they're making!
    1 point


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