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  1. Sorry NC, Andy is right. Apologies for the delayed response. Greg
  2. If it was the grey 2015 plate with red interior, that was mine. It did indeed sell. Apparently there’s a lot of interest in 400s currently. Hope that helps. Greg
  3. It was actually a private sale from a true enthusiast and someone well known on Elan Net. It’s a great car - rides just as any Lotus should. Does have its foibles but what classic car doesn’t? Part of the personality and fun if you ask me.
  4. Cheers chaps. and @Bibs what do you mean? It has 4 seats also...! Perfect for the school run Greg
  5. I sold mine so I could purchase this. Quite a contrast...
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    Wanted Evora 400

    Happy to indulge. The best ones are the ones taken by the dealer. https://www.lotussilverstone.co.uk/vehicle-details/Lotus-Evora-U288/
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    Wanted Evora 400

    Hi Eddie Setting my car aside for one second, probably worth seeing a red leather interior in person. All dealer photos are set to over expose the colours - the photos of the car that was on collecting cars was a case in point. It’s nowhere near as bright in person. I sat in both a black interior and a red leather one and the black made the interior overall very dark and a little depressing hence choosing red. Red alcantara is different again. Hope that helps with your search. Greg
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    Wanted Evora 400

    Hi Eddie, what spec are you looking for? Mine is at Silverstone SOR currently. Metallic Grey, red leather interior - all options ticked. It had a new clutch under warranty during its third service. I didn’t think it needed it but the dealer convinced me to ask Lotus. Greg
  9. Not sure I fully agree with that Bibs. I quite like it, but then I have a natural bias... Greg
  10. That would be my car! As Will points out, mine was the second privately owned car in the world. It was used by my wife as her daily driver for the first couple of years which explains the mileage. My daily was an Elise at the time and there’s a cracking photo that Jamie at B&C took of us picking the car up - me in my Elise, my wife in her new 400. Charlotte then needed something more practical for the children so she moved on to a Focus RS, so mileage dropped significantly, hence now it’s for sale. Happy to answer any questions anyone has. Greg
  11. My take on this is that the Evora market is quite different to most. Sellers (and I speak as one) are generally in no rush to sell. So there is very little discounting. Limited supply has been matched by limited demand historically. However, as interest in the Lotus brand increases, helped by the increased marketing and publicity associated with the final editions and the Type 131, the assumption (rightly or wrongly) is that prices will stay static or potentially rise. Greg
  12. Hi all. Does anyone know of any Elan plus 2 for sale? I’ve wanted one for years and now is the time to scratch that itch. Ideally looking for a 130/5. Thanks in advance Greg
  13. No worries at all - it’s good that tastes differ. Best of luck with your search. It was a conversation that I had with Scott Walker at the factory when we were specifying our car that led to choosing the red interior. As we had preordered we were given the opportunity to see the first batch on the production line and that combination stood out for me and my wife - Charlotte liked the way it matched the red callipers! You can’t really go wrong though with the Evora, whatever you choose. I’m still pretty chuffed that it’s the longest privately owned 400 in the world (I don’t have many claims to fame you see!)! Greg
  14. Mine is the 2015 one. A car personally responsible for the purchase by others of 4 other Evoras in my village (or adjacent village) alone! Greg
  15. For all those thinking about a 400, there’s a lovely grey one for sale at Lotus Silverstone😉. It’s being sold for a good cause too - to fund my Elan +2 purchase...! The 400 was just too reliable with no opportunities to get my spanner’s out! 😂 Greg
  16. But Bibs, it frees me up to look seriously at the new Lotus due shortly...! I really don't miss that steep carpark at all! Always worred about my handbrake failing...
  17. So, after starting this thread almost two years ago, I thought I would update it with the news that I have decided now is the time to sell the 400. The car has been brilliant throughout my almost 5 years of ownership, its just not getting used as much as it used to. That hasn't been helped by the lockdown, but additionally work in the future is likely to involve a lot less travel so my uses for a practical sports car have decreased significantly. I rarely have time to disappear out for drive for an extended period of time on some nice roads so it comes out the garage only when I need to go to the shop with the children - prefering to take one of my other cars if it is just me running solo. If anyone is interested in a metalic grey, red leather interior, manual with 24k miles on the clock, let me know. It will undoubtedly be a sad day though when it finally departs. Greg
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    Almost there!

    Thanks guys. The 'garage' was a key part of why I convinced Charlotte we needed to move there. Its strange - I can't really remember much from the viewings of the house at all... And as for the colours, my Toxic Green Elise Club Racer really changed my view on green as a car colour. You can't beat a green metallic in my opinion.
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    Almost there!

    Thought I’d attach some photos of my current project. IVA is booked for 13 March so fingers crossed. Any tips on things that the Norwich test centre are focused on would be highly appreciated. I’ve absolutely loved the build and don’t know what to do with myself now that it’s approaching the end. An Ultima perhaps...?!
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    lotusless

    Cheers Bibs. Overall, yes. But there have been some frustrations...
  21. Gm77

    lotusless

    Funny you say that @Bibs!!!
  22. Gm77

    Brexit

    I’m the last to defend the EU but much of the above isn’t really the EU’s fault and would be tricky for them to address in isolation. We have an international (read global) tax system that largely allocates rights for countries to tax global profits based on having employees on the ground in that country, and what they actually do. Its a principle that goes back to a time well before the internet was even thought of that basically meant if you want to sell something in a country you’d likely need people in that country doing the selling, and elements of a supply chain supporting that sale, also in country. This local substance would give that country a right to tax. With the internet, and improvements in logistics and global trade, there are strong arguments to say that the old system doesn’t work effectively anymore. However, any new system has to be agreed globally, otherwise you end up with governments seeking to tax the same profits which isn’t great for a whole host of reasons. Reaching agreement on such a complicated change is not easy as there will be winners and losers. There is working ongoing on this though (at international not EU level) so watch this space. And just on UK Corporate Tax, I met with a representative of the Treasury years ago who said they would rather abolish it and recover the lost tax from a small increase in the VAT rate - the tax take on CT isn’t worth the cost in administering it.
  23. Phil, if you’re that close you’ll have to join us next time round! If you fancy it drop me a PM with your mobile number and I’ll add you to the WhatsApp group for the next get together. Greg
  24. Gm77

    TLF GT430 Club

    Thanks Trevor - great to hear such positive feedback and fingers crossed... Greg
  25. Gm77

    TLF GT430 Club

    You’re not wrong! I have to make do with the 10 year old Subaru diesel estate! Life is tough...
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