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    1980 Lotus esprit 2.2, 1982 Lotus éclat 2.2 riviera, 1978 Matra bagheera, 1985 Mercedes 280SL
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  1. Don't underestimate the power of a few stickers, it's the automotive equivalent of make up or war paint. It has the ability to arouse people and value things differently. Look at what Lotus did with the éclat sprint. They took the most basic models (520 and 521) and stuck some stickers and matt black paint on them and consequently these cars became special.
  2. I think it looks retrotastic. I like it. I have a 1977 Matra Simca Bagheera S which has factory paint and a similar period stripe and that strip makes the car stand out. If you remove it, you'll lose the uniqueness and probably regret it. I have seen that unusual LOTUS script on the owners manual so it's very 70's Lotus.
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    reluctant sale

    Has this car sold?
  4. Here's a treat for all you vintage Lotus car pic lovers. These are pics taken from back in the day and scanned from what looks like glossy pics. Remember 110 film cameras... Cars in period pics always look so much fresher and better with their original features. This black series 1 Lotus éclat was, as far as I am aware purchased and sent out to sunny Cyprus from brand new. Observe the period tyres and battery and stance of the car on new springs. This particular model is interesting as it appears to have a full beige leather interior. Something not normally seen until the series 2's came out. It also has the later 'white' Smiths instruments that were fitted to series 2's and the last batches of elites and éclats and a later alternator. As such, I figure that this car was manufactured in 1980 and probably one of the last 2 litre éclats to roll off the production line at Hethel. It would, in the U.K. probably have been registered on a V plate. It may have even left the factory with a galvanised chassis as the last few cars had these and two pack paint as opposed to cellulose. I reckon the pictures were taken in the very early 80's. Amazingly I remember seeing this very car back then over 30 odd years ago being driven around, (once by a lady) as we would go to Cyprus regularly for vacation as kids. Of course I did not forget about it as like most of us, these early sightings stick to schoolboy minds and remain a permanent memory. That's why most of us are here. Any other observations would be appreciated. Enjoy the pics.
  5. Very sharp. The elite is looking better by the day against today's mass produced jelly mounds.
  6. 520 in wolfie slot boots, very nice.
  7. What a delightful pic
  8. Brooklands 7th May 2017
  9. I always wondered who it was that was being chauffered around in the Pink Panther Mobil.
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    78 elite 2.0 on ebay

    If that's the case, it's a silly gamble of a thing to do because history shows time and time again that when a car like this sells and comes back again straight after, people get suspicious or seriously peed off.
  11. Thank you for the lovely pics.
  12. After three years of sitting in my garage with the occasional engine run, (what a waste) my beautiful and original silver (red leather/black cloth) 1980 esprit 2.2 has been recommissioned and is once again taxed and MOT'd. It started a couple of months ago with an out of the blue phone call and prompt from a rather influential Lotus friend who gave me the nudge to get it back on the road. It made sense really. The chores of life took over these last four years as I started fixing up properties as well as doing my day job and the joys of life fell by the wayside. There is a saying that if a problem cannot be fixed by dosh, then it's not a problem. Hence with time being my issue, I enlisted the help of an old school friend and brilliant engine builder/tuner to get it back into shape. Work was methodical and included changing the Lumenition system and coil (new Bosch ballasted) as the setup was incorrect, rebuilding and setting up the carbs, fitting new NGK silicone leads, plugs, etc, tuning, changing to Millers 20/60 semi synthetic from Mobil 1 10/60 fully synthetic (which is what I had always used), replacing the SU fuel pump which had a hairline crack where I had overtightened the fittings (spanner hands), reffiting the cutout valve, rebuilding the electric window motors and mechanism, rebuilding the interior cooling fans and going over the entire car tightening any loose nuts and bolts that were making noises plus other bits n bobs which needed doing. The car is now running the way it is supposed to just like it did when it left the factory which is an absolute joy. Depending on how you row the gearbox, it can be driven gently like a Ford Mondeo or hard like a true lightweight 70's sports car. It's a real drivers car and I am so happy to be enjoying it once again. Seeing it again after a while out on the road amongst the massed produced jelly mould cars, its look appears to grow more stunning and exotic as time goes by. It's now a case of maintaining it in this condition, which with a bit of luck shouldn't cost the earth. I feel happier 😊 and anyone who says money can't buy happiness is talking nonsense because it's all about management and personal discipline. I think having a good Loti hidden away and not getting it out on the circuit should be a crime but I am very fortunate to have this car and to be able to do this.
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    Very Early Narrow body Excel

    That looks like a very special car. It is an important part of Lotus History. In the classic car world, the first and last models are always the ones most sought after when values go up. I remember back in the day when Lotus introduced the world to the éclat excel it was a black show car that I first noticed in my local newspaper of all places. The champagne gold interior complements the black bodywork nicely. Restored, this car would look fantastic. I hope it goes to a good Lotus home and gets the treatment it deserves. The early narrowbody éclat excel is an endangered species. If only I had the space.....
  14. Beautiful line up of English sportscars. Thank you for sharing with us.
  15. Storing the cars where you live. Filip, you sound like a man who has his priorities right.