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    1993 Esprit Sport 300, 1982 Esprit Turbo (sold), 1985 Esprit Turbo (sold), 2014 Exige S (sold), 2003 Esprit Final Edition V8 (sold)
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  1. Thanks for your interest Gary and Molli. I have a new batch of washers built up, PM's sent.
  2. Hi Jason, it's a dilemma when rebuilding Compomotives. You either fit stainless steel bolts and accept they are more brittle or install 12.9 tensile steel ones and paint them black after installation to protect them from rust. I have fitted both in the past. Realistically stainless steel ones are fine. I torqued mine to 25 ft lbs but I've heard Compomotive originally only quoted they should be tightened to around 18 ft lbs. Mine never snapped and would be adequate for all conditions unless you over-steered into a curb! What value did you torque your bolts to? When fitting 12.9 tensile steel bolts the black coating offers little corrosion resistance, hence the need to paint them after installation to cover them from the elements.
  3. Hi Justin, I'm based in San Francisco nowadays so it will be easy to get some washers across to you. I'll PM you shortly, I think I have a few sets left.
  4. Hi all, not much progress on the restoration I'm afraid. It's still in storage but I visited it today and put the K699 JCL number plates on. I also received the 1994 Lotus calendar I bought off eBay which has a picture of it inside, I love collecting these bits of history on it. The plan is still to export it to America. I'm now working in California which has strict emissions laws. I will probably have to apply for 'show and display' status that allows people to import rare non US cars. Although Lotus sold Esprits in America in the 90's they had different emissions hardware on the engine which I have no appetite to install. Wishing you all a successful 2020 on your projects!
  5. Great write up David, congrats on the restoration. You've done an amazing job getting it back together. I'll be in the UK over Christmas, I'll try to meet for a look. Beautiful!
  6. Looks like this will make a great project car...
  7. For those interested in sourcing a Sport 300, here's one for sale in Germany...
  8. Hi Giniw The Toyo R888 fitment on the Sport 300 has been well documented by @jollyroger and @ERIC340R on the following thread... I live in America nowadays, Toyo have updated the spec, they are now called R888R. I'm hoping to import the car to California later this year, good to know tyres will not be an issue for me!
  9. Chuffed to see the Sport 300 getting some love on Carfection!
  10. @Jack Stone kindly posted pix of Johnny Herbert and Pedro Lamy outside Ketteringham Hall with a Sport 300 in another post. It had a different number plate to mine but my friend spotted some interesting autographs on the sun visors on my car. Johnny Herbert's is definitely visible but I'm unsure of the other 4, could one of them be @Kimbers ? I guess Johnny signed mine sometime between 1993 and 1994 when he raced for Team Lotus.
  11. Hi @Bibs , the VIN number corresponds to the number of the Sport 300 that was made. 8064 is therefore Sport 300 number 64. According to DVLA records it no longer exists. Maybe it's in Lotus heaven, had a plate change, exported etc, etc..... Mine is 8008, Sport 300 number 008. Apparently my car has several signatures on the sun visor. I'll post some pix on my restoration thread when I have a chance to photograph it, I'm hoping I have Jonny Herbert and Pedro Lamy's autographs!
  12. A small update on the car. I was keen on getting it back to its original press car K699 JCL number plate. After messaging @ThePits for advice I contacted DVLA. Worst case scenario I feared it would be offered to the general public in an auction where I might have been embroiled in a bidding war. I sent the personalised registration department a grovelling letter with pix of my logbook and chassis numbers. They agreed to change the number back and my updated V5 arrived a few days later, all at no cost! We all have a moan at DVLA but in this instance they did an outstanding job of appreciating the provenance of the car and allowed it to go back on it's original plates. Hip, hip, hooray DVLA!
  13. Hi Dragan Thanks for the offer. The ABS cover was hidden in the front compartment, my friend fished it out whilst rummaging around it. So glad to have all these pieces still intact. It all adds to the originality!
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