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  1. Looks like this will make a great project car...
  2. For those interested in sourcing a Sport 300, here's one for sale in Germany...
  3. 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!
  4. Chuffed to see the Sport 300 getting some love on Carfection!
  5. @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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. Yes, those were the parts set aside for my car. Sorry, not sure where to ring as an outsider. I was allowed to call the parts department direct when I was there but I don't think they speak to 'civilians'! A Lotus dealer should be able to inquire for you, it's all listed on a database so they should be able to decipher what's available.w
  10. Hi Giniw, sorry I don't. They are discounted (as they try to clear out old stock) so you could try contacting a local Lotus dealer for a price. When I used to work at Lotus I could contact the parts department directly. Alas working for Daimler Trucks nowadays I no longer have those privileges!
  11. Thanks Travis, I was reading it as your message came up! It's a beautiful restoration, I don't think I'm going to go so far as to re-galvanize the chassis, truly epic! I'd like to get the suspension looking all shiny and new again with new bushings and brakes. One day I'll respray it but the current condition doesn't warrant that amount of work.
  12. Thanks @Bibs, there was a stack of parts from Lotus next to the car. Unfortunately they consisted of odd parts E.g One rear brake caliper, one front damper, one drivers seat shell (untrimmed) etc. I passed on purchasing them and quite frankly my bank balance needs time to recover before I start hoarding bits for the restoration! Ridiculously I'm stressing out trying to find the cover for the ABS pump and relays, part number A082M4896K but I'm sure one will come along in time.
  13. Over 100,000 miles, it's been enjoyed that's for sure and was indeed the village bike back in the day when it was road tested in all the magazines. You'd never tell looking at the interior. I showed it to Gerald at GST Performance. I felt the first port of call would be a full engine rebuild. He said it's run in at that mileage and a good service might be all that is required. I'll give it a compression test and engine oil analysis before deciding how far to take it. It might only require the valves re-shimming. Suspension is rusty so I'd like to tear it down and get the arms re-coated, new springs and dampers but there's nothing to stop it going back on the road once cleaned up. The previous owner was the custodian for over 20 years so I think he had his fun Jonny and wanted to move on. I'm the 4th owner.
  14. B05 Norfolk Mustard paint code No.008 I think I'm missing a fuse box cover. Does anyone have a spare one I can buy?
  15. It's Norfolk Mustard, although I prefer Mica Yellow. The Birmingham Motor Show car was Mica, it must have been an early prototype as it had the TR7 door handles.
  16. My copper fire is for sale on Car and Classic, open to offers! PM me if anyone is interested. I can always get another S3 turbo and I have a stack of Compomotive CX500 split rim wheels in storage. Sport 300's on the other hand....
  17. Yes Stuart, it was meant to be rebuilt at Lotus but the motor sport department was closed down leaving it stranded for a while.
  18. In my biased opinion I think it was the best looking Esprit, having a strange combination of SE side sills, updated engine cover, boomerang wing, Toyota headlights, framed in the ridiculous arch extensions and O.Z split rims. I can't imagine another Esprit to top this one in my garage so it's for keeps. I'm acutely aware of its provenance so will be taking extra special care during its restoration. My friend is looking after it for me while I'm away. He gets to feast his eyes on it every time he's in the garage, a very lucky man!
  19. It was hidden in plain sight at Lotus. Typically the people 'in the know' kept it to themselves. I was connected to the owner, gave a sensible offer, kept negotiations polite and to my word. It took a few months but I had a limit to spend considering the work required to get it back to a good condition. It has been looked after extremely well, I have full service records, receipts, MOT's, and tax discs etc so I will restore it sympathetically and try to keep the paintwork original if possible. It's a legendary car that I will be taking great care of. Thanks @The Pits , for your offer. I might pm you for hints in regard to getting the K699 JCL plate back on the car but it should be a formality as it was originally assigned to the car.
  20. Hi all, I know a lot of you will be interested in my new restoration. I recently bought an Esprit Sport 300, the original Lotus press car no less! It's been laid up for a few years and needs a full engine service and suspension rebuild but is in fantastic original condition. I'm living in America nowadays and will be away for a few years so it'll be stored away until I return. It was always my dream to own one of these so whilst the timing wasn't ideal I couldn't pass on this opportunity. I'm especially keen to restore the split rim OZ's after all the Compomotive rebuilds I've done. I'll keep you posted on my progress, I think I'm in Lotus heaven! It was originally on this plate, I'm currently enquiring with DVLA to get it registered back to its first number. Looks like it's on the original paint so I'll try to compound the shine back into it. Window frames have faded so they'll need a re-paint. Interior has stood up well. The drivers seat needs new side bolster alcantara but the original paisley sections are in perfect condition. Engine will have it's belts replaced before I attempt a fire up. I'll compression test it before deciding whether to do a full tear down. Tyres are cracked and require replacing, looks like Toyo offer the only matching set for these cars nowadays. The rims have never touched a kerb, a testament to it's previous owners and only require a good polish to remove the corrosion. Some old Sport 300 brochures and magazine articles I've been collecting.
  21. Hi everyone, my new batch of M6 aluminium washers have arrived. I will be in the UK between the 7-14th April. I'll pm those that have expressed an interest shortly...
  22. Hi Dave I have placed a new batch order and hope to have them delivered to my USA address by early April. If they are not with me by the time I return to the UK I'll post them out from the USA when I return on the 15th April. Sorry for the delay, supplier issues!
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