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  1. 4 minutes ago, Glen said:

    Good morning @Lex Templar

    is there a guide somewhere that will explain what needs to be removed to allow the body to be separated from the frame or is it easy enough to figure out as I go?

    I will be removing the dash as it will be retrimed but is there anything that I need to watch out for?



    Hi Glen, SJ Sportscars is doing all the work so I don't have first hand experience at removing the body. If you start a thread in the restorations section I'm sure people will be along to help.

    The dash will look something like this below when removed. Keep in mind your car would have had a ruched leather interior, something very difficult to re-produce. It looks like all the original leather has been replaced in your car. It may be easier to find a complete interior as it looks like everything needs replacing..but of course there are lots of subtle differences between an early car like yours and and an 82 and onwards car. It depends on how far you want to take it and how much money you plan to sink into it.




  2. On 15/01/2017 at 15:01, v8vantage said:

    More on 003 in Hong Kong

    " I have been reading the advice being given to you about buying an Esprit
    and references made to the Essex. The advice about not buying a 20 year old
    car (the Essex) is probably understandable, but in defense of the Essex
    Turbo Esprit you might like to know.....

    I have Essex number 003. Purchased in 1985 with 38,000 miles on the clock I
    took the clock to 103,000 miles before leaving the UK to work in Hong Kong.
    With daily use (abuse and misuse)taking me all over the UK in my capacity
    as lighting designer, within its 103,000 miles, 003 only ever left me
    stranded twice: Once with a blown hose on the M5 and once when the gear
    level broke off at the base (literally came off in my hand!). Servicing
    was often late because I couldn't afford to be without the car too often
    and the car worked hard. Despite this, reliable? - absolutly yes.

    After being in Hong Kong for 4 years I could stand being without the Essex
    no longer and decided to have a total restoration carried out (body off,
    chasis stripped & rebuilt, repaint, redecal, retrim etc). Quotes to rebuild
    the engine by Lotus specialists were around 6,000 pounds, so when Derek
    Dean offered me a brand new HC unit with all new ancillaries including
    turbo for 3,000 pounds the temptation was too much. So 003 now has an HC
    engine with its original carefully crated to be sold with the car (for the
    purist) should I ever sell it.

    My (virtually new) Essex 003 is now with me in the heat and humidity of
    Hong Kong, used every day and is able to enjoy more regular servicing. So
    don't write the Essex off completely - it's unique and a stunner, but after
    around 20 years since birth - caution is needed and consider only a
    professionaly restored example.....if you can find one (I haven't seen one
    advertised for ages). You will may know from an article in the current
    issue of Club Lotus magazine that only 26 units of genuine Essex Turbo
    Esprits left the factory. Although there is a number 100 registered to the
    son of Mrs. Thatcher (Mark) it is, in fact, number 26 labelled as 100 and
    the last unit."

    Another dry sump in the USA.

    "I just acquired my Lotus. It hasn't run in 4 years but was running 
    fine prior to sitting. I realize I need to go through everything and 
    replace a lot of stuff as I go. I thought I'd start at the front and 
    go through the brakes, suspension,fans,lights,etc. and then do the 
    same to the rear. For economic reasons I thought I'd do the fuel 
    system and drive train last.It's # 54 of the turbos(SCC082910AHD10954) I would appreciate any suggestions.

    PS Not sure if it's an Essex, has everything except Essex decals- 
    looks identical to cover car on Osprey's Lotus Esprit book.

    Still trying to find out about 10954 above...looks like it still exists.

  3. Thanks for these pics @Glen

    The interior has had a complete re-trim at some point so it will be interesting to know what the original leather colour was. On an early white car it would be either red or brown leather.

    Interestingly, 10310 (red) was delivered to Bahrain from new, perhaps you have some idea where it is or will come across it in your restoration travels.

    10311 was white with brown and delivered to Switzerland.

    The car before yours 10308 is LHD Essex 008. Sold to Italy, now in Germany.

  4. 1 hour ago, Glen said:

    A quick question, we’re all 100 Essex blue with the silver and red stripes?

    Glen there were less that half that amount of Essex cars in total across LHD and RHD. Number 24 RHD was changed to 100.

    29 is the highest number on any other Essex. Your car is not an Essex but rather an early dry sump built alongside the Essex cars in November 1980. A very special car on Compomotive rims and roof stereo, just like an Essex car.

    The best place to read through is the dry sump register thread. You will see that there are only a handful of these 1980 non Essex cars left.


  5. 17 hours ago, Glen said:

    I’m new to this thread but stumbled on it looking for info on the Turbo Esprit I just bought as it has 4 bolt wheels not like the rest of the turbos with 5 bolt.

    scc082910AHH10309 motor 

    CD910801118844 colour L25

    it has a FM cassette mounted on the roof so think it might be a Essex model.

    Any info on it would be greatly appreciated.


    Hi Glen welcome to the forum and how fantastic this has turned up.

    We are all dying to see some photos. Is the interior red? and what kind of condition is the car in?

    It's a very early one indeed.

    This is a picture of what I believe is 10311 LHD (Switzerland) which is almost identical spec to 10309, interior is brown.


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  6. The anodised finish is lovely, Bauke's #951 are still like this, for some reason you cant re-anodise them? Which I always thought was strange. We are used to seeing the Essex cars now with them shiny and polished @Bazza 907 and @Veilside which I agree look great too.

    I also wonder if only the pre-production cars in the brochures had the GOODYEAR lettering from the factory. Most of the customer Essex cars in period photos don't have the lettering coloured in.


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