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  1. Thanks for the heads up Keith, it should be a very interesting episode.
  2. The current owner started a thread about his new purchase here:
  3. Apologies for posting more photos than a first time parent on Facebook 😊
  4. Morning GrandThriftAuto, Many thanks for your kind words about my car (and for the inspiration!). Please keep up the good work posting videos of your Elite as they get across in a very humorous and down to earth way, the many joys and occasional (many?!) heartaches of owning a 1970’s Lotus wedge 🙂
  5. Thanks to Mark and Gerard for your kind comments. Here’s another one when I wasn’t being quite as brave (i.e. not hanging out of the window as far) with a few iPad effects added.
  6. Inspired by GrandThriftAuto’s latest video, I thought that I would try and take some aerial photos of my Elite. Despite the slight problem of not having a drone, I was quite pleased with this effort which was taken using my phone whilst hanging out of a bedroom window 😀
  7. Well spotted, Barry, it looks as though the dealer couldn’t even wait to get the car off the trailer after the auction to start taking photos for the eBay advert🙂
  8. I was interested to see how the three wedges had fared at Mathewsons, so had a quick look at the results for last weekend's auction on the Glenmarch Classic Car Auctions website . The maroon Elite sold for £1,704, whilst the yellow Eclat with the green stripe went for slightly less at £1,604. Although the price for the yellow Elite, which seemed to be in the best condition of the three cars, wasn't reported by Glenmarch (perhaps because it was listed as a 'Lotus Saloon' by Mathewsons), I did read a post on a Lotus Facebook forum which stated that the car had sold for £100 above it's lower estimate of £5,500. This gave a grand total of just over £8,900. Who would have thought back in the seventies, when these luxury grand tourers were launched, that just over 45 years later you would be able to buy three of them for less than the price of a 1972 Ford Escort 1300XL (which sold for £10,780)
  9. Just noticed that there are three very clean and complete looking wedges for sale at Mathewsons this weekend: Two Elites: And an Eclat: It will be interesting to see the hammer price for each. Fingers crossed they’re featured in a future episode of ‘Bangers & Cash’ as it would be fascinating to learn their back story.
  10. Good evening Guy, Fingers crossed that things return to something more like the old normal soon as it would be great to be able to travel to be part of the Winterbottom Run and meet up with fellow members of ‘Oliver’s Army’ ( the ‘wedge-iment’?!) later in the year.
  11. Hi Trevor, Thanks for your comments about my Elite. As you say, the restoration wasn’t cheap, with bills totalling nearly £100.00 (well, the one’s that I dared show my wife!) but to say that I’m over the moon with the work carried out by Mike and his team at Lotusbits is an understatement.
  12. Hi Chris, Here are some more pictures of my Elite, as requested. The photos were taken for a recent feature in Absolute Lotus magazine after my car had undergone a two year restoration at Lotusbits.
  13. Hi Chris, Many thanks for your kind comments. My Elite is canyon red, which is a colour that I think Lotus first used on the series 2 Elise, around 2006.
  14. My Elite out and about enjoying the December sunshine before being tucked away for it’s annual hibernation 😀
  15. After recently purchasing an old copy of Car magazine off eBay, which featured a road test of the then newly launched Lotus Eclat 2.2, I was drawn to the ‘Good, Bad and the Ugly’, a section where the cars of the day were rated or in some cases mercilessly slated by the magazine’s notoriously hard to please journalists. In the light of the scorn poured on our cars today by certain sections of the classic car fraternity, I was for some reason reminded of a famous quote from Norfolk’s favourite local DJ: Does he still laugh at my Lotus Elite? Yeah? Can I just read you something from the November 1980 issue of Car magazine? No, it’s alright, I’ve got it here, I’ve got it here. The Lotus Elite - For: Tremendous space utilisation (room for four), performance, pleasing controls, terrific handling and road holding along with fine ride, excellent trim, Against: Rear access a little awkward, Sum Up: Fast, refined, sensible and enjoyable, the GT car of the 80’s. Not my words, Carol. The words of The Good, Bad and the Ugly in Car magazine. Hello...... (I suspect that Alan would have also enjoyed the supermini giant test in the same issue , featuring, amongst others, the newly announced Mini Metro.... not that he would ever drive one of course 🙂)
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