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  1. Hello there, My red 1990 Espirt Turbo SE has been sold by Bahman Cars in Geneva (Alireza) to a new enthusiast from Basel, Switzerland for CHF 27 000. I do not know anything else about him, except that he has looked at many other Esprits but have found mine to be in better condition by far. I believe he has been to this website. I hope he will visit here soon and update the registry. SCC082910LHF658331990 Esprit Turbo SEwhippet (Etienne Botes), Geneva, Switzerland
  2. The best photos of her, possibly ever: http://www.bahmancars.ch/autos/lotusespritsered.htm As you can see, in mint, mint condition. Geez this is hard.
  3. Hello all! Thanks again for all the words of support - this is partly why it is so difficult to let go - look at the wonderful friends and the stuff they write! I have really tried all options to fit. It is amazing the difference only ONE INCH could've made. Headroom was never an issue by the way. The main problem is that whenever I sat in the car, my knees are forced upwards exactly at the juncture where the centre-tunnel and steering wheel meet. Remember it is a left-hooker, so my right-hand knee is squeezed tight against the steering wheel with absolutely no space for a hand. Combine that with no power-steering and twisty mountain roads the wonderful handling of the Esprit was lost on me. But the car is now in good hands, Alireza (Alex) above is a passionate and extremely well-informed classic car dealer and will find a good home soon. It was terribly hard looking back driving away from his dealership. Thanks again dear friends. Etienne
  4. Thank you all John, Bob and Trevor for your kind and inspiring words. I must say the Evora does seem like an attractive option, eventually.
  5. Thank you so much Bibs. All of this would be easier except that for some reason I believe this thing has a soul. I have always thought all the quirky cars I have owned had a "soul" and was somehow "alive". Jeremy Clarkson wrote a book "I know you got soul" and I knew somebody else felt the same as me about a mechanical machine. I know for a lot of guys here they feel the same about their cars. I am man enough to confess that I have actually cried real tears about this car, if there is any doubt about how I feel. I sat outside my open garage this evening with the lights shining on her having a drink. Am I a weirdo?
  6. Hello my good friends, After months and weeks of debating, making up my mind, changing my mind, making up my mind and changing it again, I have decided to let my love go. This has not been an easy decision. I am going to sell the Esprit. This is by far the hardest automotive thing I had to, ever. Even typing it here right now saddens me, as I feel I am letting my friends and fellow enthusiasts down here at LEF. I am a terribly sentimental guy (especially when it comes to cars), and the Lotus has been a dream ever since I can remember. I am totally, totally in love with the car, but simply cannot keep it. I am just too tall (6'6") and cannot get comfortable in the car. For the narrow Swiss roads, parking issues, winter, and the general impracticality, it simply doesn't make sense. Typical for a Swiss classic the car is stunning inside and out, and has been 100% reliable. For value for money in return for a supercar with a Lotus badge, nothing is its equal. I will still buy a sportscar again sometime in the future, but something a little more practical. I will be selling through a well-known LEF member and Lotus afficinado Alireza Azimzadeh (known here as Alex) from Bahman Cars in Geneva. I will remain active here among friends. After all, my heart has not changed, just my mind. My best, Etienne
  7. You guys must just be careful. Even though I say there are no fixed cameras, it has happened that enthusiast groups roaring through Switzerland's immaculate roads have been arrested en-masse and severely penalised for excessive speeding. I can recall something like this in fact happened to a Lotus Elise / Exige group here last year.
  8. Ah, but what about diesel? Any info on diesel?
  9. The road you are looking for is from Davos (Switzerland) to Bormio (Italy) and then up again to the Stelvio pass. In my mind the road in Switzerland is better than the Stelvio. There are no fixed speed cameras there, and try to do it during the week, outside July and August. That episode (Series 10, Episode 1) is my favourite TG episode of all times.
  10. Very, very nice. Well done to take up the project to restore the Elite. I think the Elite is a beautiful design. I am weird that way.
  11. Ha - some interesting points you have made. By the way - by looking at your low number of posts, I hope you have been properly welcomed here. If not, a great warm welcome here on the forums to you! Best to you, Etienne
  12. Hi Paul, Thanks for the photo's and info. I can see you are a real enthusiast and have gone to a lot of trouble. I feel a little bad as I have to admit my comment was more tongue-in-cheek and making fun of you as I have been very outspoken on this forum before about modifications (mutilations) to cars. But it is each to his own. As an engineering project the work you have done looks outstanding. From my point of view it is hardly a Lotus Esprit anymore. It is a "Paul mobile". Jokes aside, I have previously been very involved in the Porsche market, and have seen how values of these cars drop if anything have been done to them. Even a non-standard steering wheel is minus $2000. Now that is monetary value. But by "value" I do not only mean resale value, as all owners of heavily modified cars always claim "I will never sell it". That is actually beside the point. There is non-monetary value attached to a car that is original, restored and cared for as such. I hope you can sense what I am saying. There is a good example recently here on the forum: http://www.lotusespritforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=24143 by Tony, scroll down to "Part 2" and you will see how original cars should be restored and cared for. Best to ya! Etienne
  13. Hmm, Paul, that is an interesting picture of a car. What is it? I can't really make out the badge, and I can't quite identify it. It looks vaguely familiar though.
  14. The daftest comment I have had, was in fact a huge compliment. Back in South Africa I used to drive a really nice 1989 911. On two occasions, parking near a shopping centre in a middle-class neighbourhood, I overheard "nice car, but I bet it is his dad's". Now I am 39 years this year, and at the time I was around 34! And 6'6". It was meant as a dis, but obviously from my point of view a compliment. I have also had a few "wow, look at that Ferrari" while parking my 1984 red 944! I also used to play a trick on the petrol-pump attendants in small towns with the 911, asking them to check the water and then popping the front hood, only to find no engine. I know this seem silly, but they use to howl with laughter and be genuinely surprised.
  15. Would you believe I had some old magazine ads and brochures of the SE when I was younger, and threw them all away thinking I will never own a SE anyway! Very nice collection / hobby of yours!
  16. Thanks for the pics Alex, very interesting.
  17. Oh? What about digital watches; also supposed to have replaced normal watches. What about electric razors; also supposed to have replaced shaving blades. What about micro-wave ovens; also supposed to have replaced ovens and stoves. Has the internet replaced magazines? Did Bentley, Rolls Royce replace the wood panneling in their cars with plastic yet? And the leather for vinyl? I can give you an endless list of so-called better innovations we as humans have rejected in favour of the old. In the yachting industry, developments in hybrid technology to replace modern diesels have come to a grinding halt, because consumers simply do not want them. No, I am sorry, this argument that we as humans simply adopt new technology for new technology sake is simply not true. We are simply not rational. I came from a marketing background where (strangely enough) the wishes of the consumer actually matters. So maybe you are right; this has changed. The consumer wishes don't matter anymore. It is all driven by bloody government legislation and standards. I never wanted a hybrid? Yes, maybe as a commuter-car-as appliance. As a sportscar user, I do not care about CO2 emissions. How many Esprit owners here remove their catalyc converters for more power? As a sportscar user, I do not care about fuel consumption. When I go for a blast in the mountains, I do it hard, burning fuel by the gallons. I guess this is why I own, and have always owned classic cars. Like the Esprit. I already have no passion for any modern sports-cars, imagine a world of heavy-arsed clinical milk-delivery cars.
  18. Well, since we are on the topic, here is my two cents. I hope and pray that Lotus do not produce an electric sportscar anytime soon. I simply hate the idea of an electric engine in a sportscar. I think electric cars is the solution for mass transport in cities and to work for millions of people. Maybe it is a generational thing, but I hope I am not the only one, I know people like Jay Leno feels the same. More petrol for us for sportscars and classic cars. We love cars because of the workings of the internal combustion engine. I do not love cars because they simply offer transport. I do not love cars because they simply offer speed. I am in love with the action of combustion to propel me. I like the sounds. In some cases the smell. I love that my conversation with other is about their engines, the engine sizes, the power. I do not want to talk amperes and voltages with other "transport enthusiasts". If this is the future, I will simply walk away from my interest in cars or modern sportscars. Or grow a handle-bar moustache and drive my "old" SE in defiance! If this is so strange, why do we have steam-engine entusiasts? Why do some guys fly old bi-planes? I wish more of you could've been at the recent Concorso D'Eleganza. The beauty, elegance, style, the sounds and the passion those classic cars generate. This is why I am a car enthusiast. I believe that Lotus, like other true sportscar manufacturers cater for a specialized hobby. A hobby, which I think will become even more specialized once electric cars become the mainstream option for normal cars. Maybe there will finally be a proper divergence between consumer cars and sportscars. Can there be future where electric and modern internal combustion can live peacefully side-by-side? Where the internal combustion engine is not seen as an outdated powerplant for old fogeys? One which offer the correct environmental solution, the other the solution for true sports-car enthusiasts like me? Am I making sense to any of you, my Esprit friends?
  19. Really? Ever met a short, fat chick?
  20. This is what I had to do after only reading this post.
  21. Ah, you see, it is a left-hooker. So my right leg is the issue. The bent of my leg means my knee portrudes way above (about 5 inches) 'above' the steering wheel locked between the wheel and transmission tunnel. Imagine an adult in a go-cart and you get the picture. If this was RHD, there would be no way I would be able to drive it. A normal person's knee is below the wheel, because the leg is more straight, so there is no problem. I did investigate a smaller steering wheel, even off-centre - it is no use. My entire hand would need to fit between the wheel and my knee - no such a tiny steering wheel exists. I am going to Lake Como for the Concorso D'Eleganza this weekend with the Lotus. I will have to make up my mind when I return. My wife will probably wonder why there are tears in my eyes. Never before have I loved a car so much. But it is agony.
  22. And now for the winner....(uhm actually loser)... I am 6'6". That is not a typo. I have to put on special shoes when I drive the SE. That is the least of my problems. Confesssion time: I am on the brink of selling my beloved, beloved SE, only for the reason that I do not fit in the car. The biggest issue is the space between the tunnel and the steering wheel. My knee, the steering wheel and the tunnel all connects. On a long, straight journey it is ok-ish, but the moment I have to actually steer the car, it is impossible. Without power-steering and free hand movement around the wheel...well I think you get the picture. It is only the addiction to this dream-car which has me hanging on. AAAaaaaaarrggghhh! I am so in love. But oh God, frustrated....
  23. Good points made John & Jason. Agreed.
  24. That, my friend, is how it all starts. Call it the "gateway drug" to further modification crimes.
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