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  1. At Brooklands recently: A well-known Bond replica , my AZ-1 and a Honda Motocompo bike which folds up into a suitcase.
  2. Thats correct about how it works. The mechanism on the caliper is just a simple motor which winds a threaded plunger against the piston. The controller initiates the motion and trips out when a certain current loading is reached. The same when de-activating but winds out the other way by applying the voltage reversed, for a specified time period. The caliper mechanism is far simpler than a manual ratchet or other such system. One of the reasons electric handbrakes have a bad name is the underhand way in which the car makers use it to lock people into using a main dealer for servicing. For example when changing the rear pads on a Renault I used to own, the official way is to take it to a dealer who connects to the ODBC and uses a special code which tells the controller to fully reverse the motor and wind out the plunger allowing the piston to then be pushed back. But the unofficial way which takes 2 minutes is remove 2 screws holding the motor to the caliper and manually turn the shaft fully until it stops, then refit motor. It would be possible to do the controlling by 2 buttons but it would rely on the driver not holding the button pressed for too long after the brake is applied otherwise the motor could burn out. So it would be best to use a proper controller now they are available aftermarket. So the only limitation on whether this would work on an Esprit is whether the calipers would physically fit. They are wider owing to the motor.
  3. Sounds great if they will fit. Wire up to Wilwood EPB controller, remove entire handbrake mechanism and ceremoniously throw in the bin, buy new sill carpet and cover the hole.
  4. But they did recently pay top whack to buy Chapmans Turbo Esprit back. They have been doing a lot of heritage photoshoots and featuring Esprit especially in promo material. None of this happened until quite recently. In past times they unloaded the Bond promo cars and the active suspension car, everything was cleared out.
  5. Indeed, but in the Guigiaro context, did they really produce a car with the Turbo body mods as Justin mentioned earlier, which Lotus copied? Its known that they modified 25 S2's with their turbo engines. All of them had unmodified bodies apart from the addition of the word Turbo above Esprit on the side decals. There was a Lotus development car with stripped-out dash and a turbo rear spoiler seamlessley grafted on, which is mentioned in this thread: It seems unlikely that B&C did the Turbo body first. Also if they used CX500s they would have had to get Compomotive to produce a custom set of 4-stud wheels, as Lotus later did.
  6. But not the visual design. They did appear to use it as a start point for the engine upgrade though. The body and interior changes were all Guigiaro including the rear spoiler which Lotus had to "disable" by the small tweak on the top of the tailgate.
  7. Although its worth remembering that the Turbo is still all his design, including the ruched leather trim.
  8. Being involved with Hi-Fi and owning an early Turbo Esprit you could get into re-manufacturing Panasonic Cockpit Stereos
  9. That would be me then I keep this handy guide for this type of situation:
  10. If that was the TLF Lotus Day at MBW that would have been mine
  11. I would think it has the potential to be worth £75K but its impossible to value a car from pictures, and video. It would need to be inspected and history file checked. I agree the white over red ruched leather early non colour-coded G Turbos are the most desirable. I didnt want any other one! Personally I prefer this livery over Essex.
  12. Probably most buyers of these think it is equivalent to, say, an E Type. Its possible to economically restore a barn find E Type owing to relative simplicity, lower parts cost and lack of fibreglass skills needed. Even if whole body sections need replacing this is not that expensive. A barn find Esprit is a total money pit. Even an Esprit which looks in tidy condition can also be a money pit, especially an early Turbo. There are very few Esprits out there which are prospective reliable, solid cars. The only assurance of not costing a fortune would be a fully documented restoration to nut and bolt level including engine, gearbox strip, entire cooling system, exhaust, turbocharger, fuel tanks etc etc. Such cars would be expensive but cost less in the long run.
  13. Yes, seller was lucky as there were two people determined to have it, which is ideal. Not sure what was going on with the two gold stripes across the nose, looked odd but likely easily removeable.
  14. Jeremy Walton states that 654 was on Don Macs car later on, and 678 was on a "Blue Engineering S3".
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