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    Lotus Esprit S4 and S2 now, but have had the joy of Elise 160, Elan S2, Excel....
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  1. One missed out by the ebay auto system Liking the wheels
  2. I was replacing the old numbers on the S2 when I came across this lose wire on the back......any idea whats its for ?
  3. Its a very small building...There was plaque placed a few years back to mark the spot Haringey council placed the building under their list of "interesting buildings" along with the pub next door which was run by Colin Chapman's dad. There was talk a few years back of someone hoping, with the help of the local council to use the site as some sort of engineering teaching place, which I thought would have made a fitting tribute to Colin.
  4. Seems to have been missed by automated ebay pick up tool...... Four stud wheels too
  5. Hi @Bibs Just saw this, is this offer still part of the "Gold" package ? Rgds Dragan
  6. The work that has gone into recommissioning the car is bonkers, engine rebuilt, body off chassis repaint etc. The last owner purchased it from a Lotus main dealer via the Bring a trailer website back in 2017.....crazy good value for money today for such an original car. I believe the exterior is the original factory paint.
  7. Hi Ian The prices vary quite a bit, I've even had a quote back for an eye watering £800 ..... just to recolour my Magnolia seats and centre tunnel ! The Allon White seems good value from a Lotus dealer. The issue I have is that the passenger seat is OK, but the drivers is well past its best and recovering just one seat will look odd I've also been quotes £800 for two new seats including new foam from a local guy, but that sounds too cheap to me (need to see some of his work first)
  8. Someone bagged a bit of a bargain at the recent RM Sothebys auction in Arizona
  9. Hi @Ian Mathieson Glad to hear that you are getting the windscreen sorted. I was looking to get my seats recovered, and I was wondering what sort of price you had quoted back from Aldridge Trimming for doing yours ? Rgds
  10. Thanks for all reassurances everyone, kind of agree with @Barrykearley thinking. I might do an oil filter change today too as I have a spare K+N 2004 lying around from the S4. I assume this filter is OK for the 907 engine too
  11. Hi Stig The pressure seems better than before, I filled it with 20W/50 oil. I think the previous owner used a lighter oil What compression should I be getting, the engine had a rebuild back in 2017 before I got the car and has covered minimal mileage I have my fingers crossed and every lucky charm to hand too
  12. Hi All Looking for some advice and reassurance I was driving my S2 Esprit when I suddenly noticed a lack of oil pressure and smoke in my rear view mirror. I pulled over in a panic to find a huge pool of oil on the floor. Checked the oil level on the dip stick and it was showing nothing ! I had a look in the engine bay and saw that the connection from the oil pressure sender to the gauge had come away. I managed to reconnect it, put some oil back in, and it held. The question is, how much damage may I have done to the engine whilst driving it with oil peeing out from the sender ?. (I covered about 3.5 miles in all) Also what is the best way forward - 1. Do I just fill it back up with oil and drive as normal ? 2. Drain the fresh oil and do another oil and filter change ? Any advice or reassurance would be very much appreciated Dragan
  13. Hi Ian My S4 windscreen developed a crack in the bottom right hand corner a few months back. It passed the MOT as is but it's only a matter of time before the crack will spread. At first I thought this is an easy task to get this replaced via my insurance policy ( windscreen cover was capped at £650 with a £75 excess, which you think would be enough to cover it) when I was put through the underwriters officially appointed suppliers "Autoglass" they quoted me £1,350 to supply and fit a new windscreen ! I was shocked to say the least. Luckily my insurance company Routen Chaplin were great and managed to get the underwriters to allow me to find my own supplier without the additional excess hike of not going through their agents. The other quotes I got back varied from £675 to £800 one for me to do in the spring. As Chris mentioned SJ Sportscars but they weren't helpful in helping out with any fitters names. I think Lotus Bits has them too. Getting it fitted could be another hurdle, a couple of windscreen people I tried flatly said they wouldn't do it.
  14. Hi all I was at the auction, there was a lot of interest both in the room and online for the car.In the end it made £10,200 in the room with commission etc so it works out to £11,500 odd to the new owner. A nice car but it has been standing a while, no history other than the current V5 and a handbook and one recent invoice for some brake work. The car obviously has been well cared for with some rather "interesting" owner upgrades, so its not 100% original. Personally I felt the car needed a good service / cambelt change and the perished tyres replaced and a bit of time removing all those add on Lotus stickers that were all over the car. Removing the red racing stripes etc and taking the bumpers and mirrors back to original would really make the car. Compared to the other cars there, the Elite really stood out, and I would love to own day, just need to find one in gold
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