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LotusElan17

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    David
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    Essex Turbo Esprit (sold), Eclat Riviera, Eclat S2, Turbo Esprit (dry sump comps), Elite S2.2
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  1. Painting the petrol caps is my list of things to do, I’ve replaced the Stevens steering wheel with the Giugiaro wheel shown in the first pic, I have a new Momo Turbo steering wheel to fit but don’t have the crash pad, if anyone knows of one for sale I would be interested. Leather was faded and cracked when purchased so that has been re-connolised.
  2. It is indeed a PPW reg, it’s on the dry sump database. Here are a few more pics.
  3. That too, every Lotus needs threatening with a hammer from time to time, it’s a language they understand. Also prevents it rolling down the gradient from my garage as I have to pull it out and push it in, need a bigger garage.
  4. Hi Bling I have a 1981 Dry Sump Turbo Esprit, Calypso Red, mustard leather, split rim Compomotives, engine rebuilt. I may be selling in the near future, you are more than welcome to come and see it anytime, I am 2 miles from the old Lotus factory in Cheshunt, Goffs Oak, easy to find. I can’t use the messaging system as my inbox is over capacity so if you want to contact me send me an email to [email protected] Regards David
  5. Hi David, did you ever sell the the silver Riv that I sold you? 

    Regards 

    Richard 

    07516740470 

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      LotusElan17

      Hello Richard, Alister bought it from you and I refurbished it, he still has it, not sure if he wants to sell or not, do you know anyone interested in buying it?

      Regards

      David

  6. The silver Riviera hasn’t been advertised, not aware of any other ones that have recently been listed apart from the black “is it or isn’t it a Riviera” that was sold at auction last year.
  7. Not too far, will let you know when the Riviera is available, will you be selling your Eclat?
  8. The red Riviera was sold onto a fellow forum member, awaiting full restoration. The problem I am finding at the moment is no one is prepared to pay what a restored car is worth, refurbished a white Eclat S2 in December, with labour probably owes me in the region of £20K including many new parts, low mileage and one of the best available yet had zero interest for nearly 4 months advertising at what I considered a very reasonable £12K, if it wasn’t for the scammers contacting me I would be feeling rather paranoid!!!!!! They will be appreciated one day, trouble is I have been saying that for 30 years and have been only proved partially right, maybe another 30 years. if you are interested in the silver Riviera I will introduce you to Alister at some point, I am in the middle of moving house at the mo but can arrange a meet in the not too distant future, he is not far from Cambridge.
  9. Hi Brian, I refurbished it over a period of a year for a friend of mine, Alister still owns it but I believe he is ready to sell, he has given me first option on the Riviera and if I sell one of my collection I will probably own it at some point, I have no doubt that it will be a highly collectable model at some point in the near future, convincing other people to give the Elite/Eclat/Excel the respect they deserve is proving rather difficult at present, regards David
  10. Thanks Ant, my intention is to use as much as possible. All S2 Elite/Eclat models had the spare wheel hanger, the Eclat S1 arrangement with the spare hidden in the boot is a much better solution imho.
  11. Rest assured it will be used and enjoyed, should make an appearance at Castle Combe in May and then as many Lotus events as possible until the snow starts again, so probably mid August. Rare indeed, the certificate of provenance shows that it is in fact unique, only Riviera in Silver Diamond with red leather/cloth interior and manual steering. There were 67 domestic Eclat Rivieras produced and 13 export, I was always under the impression that the total was 78 but clearly it is 80, of which I have had four. Not been in my possession for 25 years I hasten to add, I have been conducting a thorough refurbishment for the past 11 months. The tax disc shows 1994 so the previous MOT was probably 1993. Many will remember my black/gold Riviera that I sold about 4 years ago, that was stunning and I bitterly regret selling it, I would say that this one is every bit as good.
  12. Passed with flying colours, MOT tester loved it, he is also a Lotus owner and enthusiast.
  13. Won't be displaying the Elite but I hope to be attending the show, will look out for you, friend Alister is keen to chat with you more about your hybrid conversion as both he and I will get around to it one day.
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