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    Ex Owner Esprit St Tropez, 111R, Exige Sport 410

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  1. Rolf

    St Tropez

    Good luck with your search. It is good to see some interest arising about these rare beauties. Would be great to get a picture for the website at the end. On the website I can only show St Tropez convertibles seen in pictures or reported by readers. Evidence seen by me: 7 built. Neither Mr. PBB nor Mark Irwin were so kind to shed more light on numbers built. PM me If you think I can help.
  2. Rolf

    St Tropez

    Which car have you seen 20 years ago, one of the known ones? Color? Details?
  3. Hurry up guys, after brexit shopping in europe will cost tax. Until now only some reg fees. The nice magnetic blue 2004 RHD 111R with only 22000 Miles in my garage is not for sale so.
  4. Had a rabbit confrontation in that area. Is it possible to exchange the radiator, air ducts plastic and carbon air duct and the metall front side grill without removing the clamshell? Idea is to remove the splitter, wheelarch liner and wheel, This should give enough access to that area.
  5. Every mod looks great, especially the GP wheels, congrats! One thing I don´t like on the 410s are the side plates of the rear wing. Imho looks cheap and the screws shining bright silver doesn´t help. I´ve put a sticker on them. Would be nicer in Carbon...
  6. Had a look at Chassis 936 No. 16 in 2006, 39.000 miles on the clock, located in Germany at that time, so you can list it as exported. Cam covers with Lotus Essex are realy seldom Could have bought it, but decided not as there was a cam belt and C-service due, leaking wheel, brake servo bust and so on. Ended up finally with the St Tropez Esprit, ready to drive and lots of fun with open driving.
  7. We have been at Hethel driving both cars on track and it appeared significantly that the Evora had a much better / louder / more present / deeper sounding exhaust note than the Exige. Clearified with Lotus that the Evora was on a standard exhaust, not titanium. Explanation was that they are "tuned" differently. Hard to understand with both drivetrains being 410 versions. Parts list shows identical parts in the exhaust downstream as far I could figure out on DeRoure. Anybody an idea where that difference may come from?
  8. This two St Tropez pictures are not showing the same car. KJK567 is on BBS, the right one with the Turbo front spoiler was registered as GHB 550V one time and 9788 EL also.
  9. Short drive before office, summer this year is great Great color, is it fire red?
  10. Yep, that´s it. Great colour in the sun. Unobtrusive when cloudy, a very dark blue than. Only blue V6 I could find while searching for a used one at that time. Laser blue would have been my favorite choice at that time, but meanwhile the darker blue is preferred.
  11. Thanks to Ophelia we had great weather on our mid October Dolomites tour
  12. Thanks Paul for keeping the eyes open and spread the info on here about the St Tropez moulds clear out at Lotusbits. Thanks to Matt for collecting them. The owners will be glad to know about possible spares. Three G-Esprit convertible versions are out there. A one-off from Kollinger in Germany (white with red interior, later resprayed in black), the car from mad wolf, think it is also a one-off and the St Tropez version which got a good handful realized. Pictures and some details can be seen on the website dedicated to them (link see below). Drivability was never a problem with the convertible. The Esprit backbone chassis still does the main carrying work while the glassfibre body only supports some stiffening. In the St Tropez were enough bracing / tubing to compensate the lost roof section. Roof off driving is such a pleasure in this car in summertime when the coupe guys without aircon or detachable roof are sweating in the overheated cabin ;-) Agree not to chop an undamaged Esprit. This would be absolute nonsense. But one which had an engine fire and saved in time not burnt down to the ground could be protected from scraping with this conversion. Not sure if it is economically doable today. Will make a nice roadster, e.g. a second G-Esprit in the garage for the sunny days. Finally, pictures are not always nice to the St Tropez design. Tried to get the better ones on the website. This car looks awesome in the flesh with roof off on a sunny day and you can´t wait until you jump on the driver’s seatJ. It runs a fast straight line on the Autobahn and is easily capable even for timed hill climbs in the Alps. Not many on earth are able to undergo this exhilarating experience. While reading through this for typos I think I sound a bit biased…
  13. Typical German Autobahn petrol Station in these days, snow sticks in black/orange/black are German design, plates of the car behind says "KN", abbreviation stands for Konstanz, close to Lake Bodensee. Esprit is Federal spec as mentioned before, not seen until yet: The door side mirror was moved rearwards for the US cars.
  14. Rolf

    St Tropez

    As the former owner of the blue Turbo StTropez I still love the shape of them. Always gave me a good feeling entering the garage. Think I am on the "love them" side It is good to see this long time dissappeared car bouncing to the surface again. Rare birds these St Tropez convertibles. Only a good handful built. Has to be fun to own the only yellow one existing. As soon as you start the Rover V8 implemented engine with that fantastic gourgling sound it adds for sure to the unique appearance.
  15. Not real, but a bit of a not very scientific approach I can share. Made a test with compressed air attached to the pressure line from the manifold to the wastegate a while ago. Rised the pressure level with a simple hand gun slowly, had a pressure gauge attached, but with my very basic setup without a buffer only erratic readings were possible. As the pressure reaches something around 7 psi , the valve started to flutter during continuous pressure supply on the same level. I did not rise the pressure level as I was not sure how much abuse the diaphragm can take, so no idea if the fluttering would have changed to a fully open mode.
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