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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. And so a witness finally comes forward
  2. What an absolutely stunning pic Soldave . It’s a classic car from the 70’s and the architecture is modern, yet the sharpness of the two go hand in hand. I think it just goes to show how advanced the design was from back in the day. Lotus were so forward thinking.
  3. So nice to see an early narrow body excel. Is that Ice blue? Spit looks great too...
  4. So nice to see a nice and original interior on an elite/éclat. It was designed by Guigiaro and exudes opulence.
  5. Good stuff Richard. As soon as I get some time I will get onto the case in getting something together. Incidentally Mike Taylor at Lotusbits has an offering. I have not seen his design but from what I understand it involves an alloy cast and works on a concentric cam principle. He has them made up and the couple of times I have asked he’s told me he is out of stuck so perhaps some of us here should get into the case and see what they involve and find out if he can have some made up.
  6. Unfortunately not. This unit was removed from a car.
  7. For my two pence worth here are some pics from a modified pedal box.
  8. I saw the ad on eBay and wandered about the chassis but was sure that someone was going to purchase it. What a gut wrenching sight, even more so that there are so many early cars crying out for galvanised chassis. Breakers are notorious for such stupidity. I remember quite a few moons back, maybe around 15 years ago when a large breaker in Lancashire had an Essex esprit perched up sandwiched between two other cars and they had taken the angle grinder to chop a whole chunk of suspension off in order to remove a rear hub. I think we should all contact the breakers enquiring about the chassis just to make them understand that these cars aren’t all just a pile of scrap. It’s a shame when an insurance write off finds it’s way to the wrong careless hands. Surely we as enthusiasts should make an effort to ensure that any precious parts from write offs are going to the right places for parting out even if we cannot keep the vehicles ourselves.
  9. Hi Richard That is a very beautiful car you have. It is not the first time I have seen a riviera badged as an éclat 2.2 on the rear panel. Refer to the factory pic attached of an ice blue éclat receiving its finishing touches before being shipped out and one can see that it is badged éclat 2.2 with no indication that it is a riviera. I suspect that the first few cars were badged that way as the staff in the decal department either had not developed the decal yet or they were not ready on the day. The riviera option equates to a lift out roof panel. Indications that the ice blue car is an early 1980 car are that is has chrome door handles. Most rivieras had black door handles as the supply of chrome dried up or went out of fashion. It also appears that Lotus started pushing out cars with riviera bonnets and bootlids (on éclats) towards the end of production as surplus parts needed to be used up and new owners probably did not object. These are the kind of things to expect from a relatively small scale manufacturer of hand built sports cars. I would leave the badging as it is, original. It makes a rare car just that little bit more unique. Regards Roddy
  10. Blessed is thee who is able to accumulate more than one elite/éclat.
  11. Hello Rob. Hope you’re well. I have great respect for your achievement with this restoration. Has there been any progress since?
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