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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. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. I guess it depends what you want. But I could quite easily see a 410 in a great colour (like red) being worth that much. Oakmere had a 2019 green GT410 sport with the same miles for £64k only a few months ago! It’s crazy the way the market has gone.
    1 point
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Watching the vid, the fronts are also definitely the funky, BMW version.
    1 point
  24. All of the earlier cars were unencrypted. Lotus only started encrypting the ECU code in about 2013 or 2014, IIRC. So, if your car has been serviced by a Lotus dealer since that period, the code will be encrypted. If it hasn’t been, chances are that the ECU will be more easily accessible.
    1 point
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  26. 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
  27. Ask @Sparky about Meriva clutch changes
    1 point
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  29. Got the Rimmer one and half he price of SJ's for the exact same unit.
    1 point
  30. Happy birthday Bibs, sorry I'm late! And indeed congratulations on your engagement!
    1 point
  31. Scalextric should make one. At least it would sound pretty similar to the real thing.
    1 point
  32. 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
  33. So took the MIL for lunch today for her 91st birthday, get in the restaurant at the pub you’re staying in Sparkles for Goodwood, get halfway to the table and her trousers fall down 😳😂😂😂. My wife has never been more embarrassed and I don’t think I have ever had more of a fit of giggles ever!
    1 point
  34. 😂 Ohh gosh I know this place 😂
    1 point
  35. 😀😀. 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
  36. A very enjoyable TLF thread. I would definitely be looking at getting the car running well before spending dosh on paint. The interior looks very tidy all things considered. I made an early mistake in the 1980's of doing the bodywork and trim on a XK120 FHC. The car looked a million dollars but drove poorly. LotusBits are a great outfit and would do a wonderful job. The bill however would be quite large at the end of play - it will be fair but, as Charlie Crocker said, B I G. You cannot restore a car properly without getting in to 5 figure sums. Grand thrift it would not be. I always now spend the money on the mechanicals. I don't even bother with PPF or ceramic coatings on my more modern stuff. Cars are not sculptures, they are for driving and that means the paint will get wear and tear. If you start to obsess about stone chips, it leads to a reluctance to use the vehicle. I refuse to repaint my '73 XJ6 - I know it would add a level of 'stress' when using the car and I would end up using it less. Pointless. Justin
    1 point
  37. 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
  38. If I'd been the poor old TVR driver, I'd most likely have panicked in that situation, slammed it into reverse 'in error' and floored it!
    1 point
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. A few pics from a photo shoot at Glenshee Ski Centre Braemar.
    1 point
  42. There’s a video on YouTube of a guy doing the head on his 907 powered JH. As a new install, everything is clean and dry, I think this is the key element in sealing up the cam covers and waiting 24 hours until start up . no gaskets, just a good splodge of sealant
    1 point
  43. Yes, my Evija has not arrived for some reason.
    1 point
  44. Hi all,Just a quick update on the clutch cable set up.Done around 2500-3000 miles over last 6 month mainly stop start town centre stuff with the occasional country lane blast,anyhow checked the cable last weekend (using the cheap Bedford cf jobbie) cable and cog showed no sign of wear ie snapped or frayed strands at both ends,so fingers crossed it will be fine for at least another 6 months,if anything happens inbetween i will let you know.
    1 point
  45. My solution is what you'd call a custom Tee bolt. - 4 off. I took a 50mm long SS M8 cap screw with the flat button head, and tapped an M8 hole in a 5mm thick x 12 mm wide plate. It drops through and sits in the lower channel and if the seat is placed centrally, the other cap screw that secures the runner to the seat base above, stops the Tee bolt lifting. With this arrangement, I don't need access to the inside of the car to remove the seat. Just undo the nut from underneath x 4, open the door and lift the seat out. - Simples.... You do need button head cap screws though, otherwise the bolt head restricts the seat slider. Tony
    1 point
  46. They're probably better off listening to Lotus than elsewhere, they're a pretty reliable source on what cars they're making!
    1 point
  47. Tire pressures, fluid levels, registration & insurance, kick the rodents out of the boot.
    1 point
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