Hi everyone , new to the forum as I have just purchased a pair of Lotus' . I hope you don't mind me starting off with a help request !
I import a few cars a year from the USA , mostly Chevy and Dodge vans , but a month or so ago I got offered a small collection of 4 cars . A 1973 triumph Spitfire , 1974 Lotus Elite , 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 and a 74 Maserati Merak . A friend in California went to view them and I have now bought them . wasn't really sure about the Spitfire and Elite , as they're not really money makers , but the rules were , buy all 4 , or none at all .
So I'm looking to sell the Esprit , and was wondering what you all think it may be worth ? Its been in California its whole life , so no rust , paint is pretty faded , and a lot of the plastic parts have suffered in the heat . Its a US model , so has SU carbs and horrible bumpers fitted . Engine turns over . The Prices for good S1s seem to have shot up over the last few years , but all I see for sale is nice, or very nice ones , seldom projects , so its hard to gauge .
The Elite , I'm actually thinking about keeping as Ive always liked them , but still curious as to what you think it may be worth ?
I am flying over there in a few weeks , to do a bit of work on them , hopefully get them running . But I will be selling the Esprit as a project , assuming it runs , it will still need plenty of recommissioning . I will post more info as I receive it , and will post more pics when I see them for the first time . Both cars are LHD , so it may be better to sell them in the US , as shipping them over will add £2k to each one .
Thanks in advance , and if anyone is currently looking for an Esprit , feel free to message me . Cheers , Rob