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  1. I placed an order last year from him.  A great sounding Evora 3rd Cat delete.

    Can I suggest (if you haven't already) posting on either the club lotus facebook page or the 'nz lotus community' facebook page.

  2. HI Terry,


    I would suggest starting with a call to Ken at KW Historics ( He will know a lot about the import process and may know of any cars that maybe for sale.  There are not to many that come up for sale, having said that there is club member selling their 90's Esprit (on trademe at the time of writing).

  3. Hi Alex,

    Only just noticed your question, so very sorry for the delay! It's a fairly difficult one to answer without a little more info on the specific model, spec, extras, etc.

    Personally I would have thought in high $40k's to low $50k's as a best guess. 


    @David in NZ Do you have a better idea on prices?

  4. Wrapping a car here in NZ is fairly expensive. I recently had the roof and mirrors re-done due to the quality of the first job not being up to the standard. Also the black didn't quite match the black on the car. I've had this redone plus did stripes on the side like the 410..a bit tongue in cheek, but also added the 310 Sport 🙂 (Which it won't be far off, once few more mods are completed) and the 'shark fin' stone chip side graphic of the new GT430 in satin black. I also had the front area in front of the windscreen completed in matching gloss black. I also had the rear of the car where the lights and lotus lettering are, changed to satin black for the 'bandit mask' look. Finally I had the brakes changed in colour from black to yellow with black lotus. lettering. The whole job was around $2700 NZD approx 1400 pounds.

    I have a WinAce GT4 Wing on the way to complete the latest changes... 

  5. 2 minutes ago, JayEmm said:

    One last bit of speculation, before the announcement proper...

    As this is evidently a very hardcore, track-focused Evora - have they finally fixed the Evora 400/410's major issue - the exhaust?

    No point having a brilliant track car if it's banned from most track days

    Thought you were going to say the squeaky seats! 

  6. There appears to be a  fairly major dealer here selling a few 'newer' cars (I believe they were purchased of a failed dealership in Singapore), but trying to pass them off as 2016 model such as this example listed below.. I can bring in a near new Evora 400 for around the same price.

    I haven't seen this car in person (yet) but it's my understanding to be a 2013 model. I loose faith in a dealer trying to pass this of as 'new'... they clearly do not have staff with knowledge of these vehicles...
    New Zealand is very different market. I did meet with Lee from SSC a while ago while at a club event, and it is my understanding that they do want to get the brand back in to NZ. Hopefully at a price that makes it a viable option for New Zealanders. 


  7. Thanks @B430m I have been in touch, as one of my mates is also after an Exige Sport 380 and 2 others keen on an Evora 400. I understand the SSC owners are over here soon, so we're hoping to meet up. The GBP is at great rate to the NZD so importing is a good option, but we also hope that a dealer can be re-established here in NZ. The problem as I see it that the Lotus Market is small here compared to the rest of the world, and the way to sell and market them is different here too... but from what I have heard from multiple sources, that Lotus want full on expensive showrooms, that comes with a huge cost and the profit is very low and the support from the UK is not great...

    We live in hope of something getting sorted soon :-)


  8. Hi All, I'm working through the man maths of importing a used VAT qualifying Evora 400 to NZ (No Lotus dealer here). It has to be VAT qualifying so I can remove the VAT and pay GST in NZ which is 15%. If not VAT qualifying I pay the full price including VAT and still have to  add on 15% at this end, which will make a used car more expensive than a used non-vat qualifying car.

    Other than searching Autotrader UK and the likes, is there a quick way to identify  a VAT qualify car? I guess I could call every Lotus Dealer.. but not the easiest option from New Zealand with a 13 hour time difference :-)

    Another option maybe to go new.. and spec out the car.. although the base price at around 72,000 will be a stretch. Is there a pdf pricelist of the options that can be downloaded? 




  9. Amazing Video Ben!!! (And a stunning car too!)

    That puts the video's from Lotus Cars to shame! They should put you top of their list when they make their next video.
    I'll share this on a few facebook groups too.. Hope you get the Votes you need to win that amazing kit!

    I really enjoy making videos for Club Lotus NZ.. currently editing my 'Epic Trackday'  footage.. spent about 30 hours on 3 min a footage and still another minute to go.. and I only do it for 'fun' lol.

    Please jump over here and say 'Hi'.. I'm sure  you'll get a warm welcome.

    I think you should also share your video with the wider 'global' community...maybe here:



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  10. Here is another great road... I haven't driven on this road for a while.. and it was the start of an impromptu  'Fish n Chip' run ending in Kaiaua.. and that is another great road and a video to follow!

    Anyway... this one is 'Ponga Rd'. As per the previous video.. and well, most of these NZ roads... please be careful as the roads are narrow in places and the other motorists and road users may not have the agility of a Lotus to corner and stop quickly! 

    Here is the video link:

    And here is the map. (You can start at either end... both ways are great!).

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  11. Hi All,

    As you all know, we love to drive our cars along some amazing twisty roads that we're blessed with here in NZ. I'm always coming across new roads and there is one I'll share as soon as I've finished editing the video.

    So I thought I would start this thread to inform others of your favorite 'Amazing Driving Roads'. Perhaps you can post a video of the drive but better still include a link to a Google Map so we can all find and enjoy the road :devil:

    To get things going, here a great road in West Auckland... You'll find on the way to Piha 'Lone Kauri Road' 

    And here is the Google Map 

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  12. On 12/7/2016 at 22:21, Plus2s said:

    Another NZ ExcelExcel SE.jpg

    That's a great shot! One of the 'complaints' on the new 2017 CLNZ Calendar... is that there isn't any Excels... Easy to fix... send some in. We have also invited the Southern Lotus Register to submit photos too. We will put a call out again next year for the 2018 photos so hoefully we'll see some great shots of Hethel's finest! 

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