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    George
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    1969 Alfa Romeo Spider 17502001 BMW E39 Touring, 2007 MB R350 4Matic, 2004 BMW Boxer Cup Replika
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    So. Cal.
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  2. Well, the ebay listin gas ended. Did you buy it, Chris? Personally, I tend to stay away from salvaged cars with few exceptions - vintage classic cars that were declared total loss loooong time ago. You do believe you are correct when it comes to insuring salvage titled cars... I'm still on the lookout.
  3. Mike, problem is there's no car to buy. Car is listed as located in Northern Cal. I informed the seller that I am in California and then get a response that the car is Montana. I've been around this block several times before. Had a Petroleum Engineer try to by R107 but he would wire me the money because he was on a drilling rig offshore. The second time I had a Naval officer try to by a car from me but he was in deployment and no access to a bank - pure BS as Naval Credit Union is easily accessible from any naval vessel that has internet access. Lovely car for sure, but it's really just a mirage
  4. Chris, at this point I'm still waiting for a response. Novato is about 400 mikes north of me, not somewhere I can just hop in and drive. The area is good, somewhere where owning this car would not surprise me. Maybe my short list of questions regarding condition, and emissions in particular, made the seller disinterested in my inquiry. Here's a clean one on Bringatrailer.com: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1989-lotus-esprit-turbo-2/ The seller is a legit guy. But it's out of state and the seller is not sure of the smog equipment operational status. Ok Chris, you may not believe it but I just received this response from the seller of the yellow Esprit. My Spidey senses are on red alert. Here's the text in its entirety: ""Hello and sorry for my late reply. I still have the 1991 Lotus Esprit for sale and i am ready to let it go for $14.000. The car is in perfect condition, exactly as you see in the pictures. No mechanical problems, no leaks, no rust, everything is in very good order. Title is clean and clear, no accidents. I have to sell this car as fast as I can because in three weeks I will be in Afghanistan and I think I'll stay there for a while, that's why I'm selling it so cheap. Currently I'm in a military base, Malmstrom AFB Montana, and the car is here with me. I can ship for free within US if you want to buy it. I will appreciate if you let me know your decision as soon as possible, i must sell the car before my deployment. I can send you more details and pictures if you want. Thank you.""
  5. Jacques, great list. It's something I was looking for. Simon, thanks for the second link. However, now I'm confused and here's why. Your link places the car in Virginia, but the ad that I originally seen here lists the car out of California. Very important note here - each state has its own MOT laws, specially emissions. While many states will exempt vehicles over 20 years old from emission testing, California has a fixed exemption year for smog - 1975 and older are exempt, while 1976 and newer are not. In fact California is notorious fort having one of the strictest, if not THE strictest smog regulations. Without passing emission testing and visual smog equipment inspection a vehicle will not be allowed registration and hence operation in State of California. I initially reached out to the seller last week with a list of questions including a specific question whether this car will pass smog. Not having heard back, I sent the seller another inquiry. Still crickets... If the California listing is not a scam and the car is physically with the seller, then owner may have brought the car from Virginia but could not pass emissions test and cannot register it here. If that's the case the car is still worth money but more likely $10k than the $14k asking price. Until the car passes smog, it cannot not be operated in California. As with any law, there are ways to get around it but it's not worth the hassle.
  6. Thanks for the advice. I am learning as I go. At this early stage I'm getting a feeling that these are one of the least complex super cars out there. I reached out to an owner of a 91 Esprit but yet to hear back from him/her... Ideally I'd like to trade my 69 Alfa Spider 1750 for a nicely sorted one. The search continues... In the States, not too many people know what Lotus is - good for me as the demand is low and prices are more than reasonable.
  7. I looked at the links. None have have great pictures or really informative descriptions but the yellow 91 in California caught my eye. Vanya, what makes you say that these are not well taken care of? I'm new to the Lotus world, switching over from Alfa Romeo so trying to get as much info as possible.
  8. I need serious advice: I'm looking at an 89 Esprit Turbo, low miles, well sorted. I've always been attracted to Lotus Esprit partly because of its super car looks. I'm currently considering an 89 Esprit Turbo. Unfortunately I know very little about these cars - their strong and weak points. My daily commute is less than 20 miles total and I'm looking to use it as my DAily Driver. Will the Esprit be up to the task? What maintenance, besides 3k mile oil changes is required? Am I heading for a money pit or is a long lasting relationship with the local British car mechanic in my future? Up until recently I had a 69 Alfa Romeo Berlina as a DD. I hear horror stories about Lotus Esprit but from people who have never owned one. I heard the same stories about Alfa Romeo, but as it stands, Alfas are quite reliable when they are maintained properly. With older Nord engined cars its simple and can be done with few wrenches in your driveway. Which brings to another point - how "service hungry" are the Esprit, particularly the 88-99 YM?
  9. I've always been attracted to Lotus Esprit partly because of its super car looks. I'm currently considering an 89 Esprit Turbo. Unfortunately I know very little about these cars - their strong and weak points. My daily commute is less than 20 miles total and I'm looking to use it as my DAily Driver. Will the Esprit be up to the task? Up until recently I had a 69 Alfa Romeo Berlina as a DD. I hear horror stories about Lotus Esprit but from people who have never owned one. I heard the same stories about Alfa Romeo, but as it stands, Alfas are quite reliable when they are maintained properly. With older Nord engined cars its simple and can be done with few wrenches in your driveway. Which brings to another point - how "service hungry" are the Esprit, particularly the 88-99 YM? BTW, I have a1969 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce 1750 I'd consider trading for the right car...
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