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  1. If your wheels take the same nuts as those found on S2 esprit’s (& S2 elites, then this set available from Halfords for around £25 should work. Not a great snap but there is an S2 nut in there and if you look hard enough, you can make out the matching cone seats. Forgive me for scrubbing out the key serial number, it’s not that I don’t trust you lovely people. Hope that helps. MCguard 24195 SU
  2. Have to say, that looks really cool. This project looks superb. That will turn out to be a really special car. The first and last cars are always the best to have if you’re a serious collector. I wish I had the space.
  3. Early elite in blue with cream interior. An object of beauty.
  4. So nice to see an early excel in such a lovely condition.
  5. These pics are amazing. I was probably around 7 years old when these pics were taken so difficult to identify dealers. Am trying to expand on any signs in pic but too blurry.
  6. Fantastic pics Keith, many thanks for sharing. The early pics from the days of chemical photography are so nice to look at, particularly when it comes to these cars as they look spectacular in their new and shiny glory. These 70’s colours are also seldom seen these days. Are you able to post the pics individually in better resolution?
  7. It’s so pleasing to see cars like this restored to such a high standard. It normally starts a process where others follow, the cars are appreciated and values rise. I commend you on your effort and it’s also a great tribute to Oli. I hope you get to enjoy it and look forward to hopefully seeing the car in the not too distant future.
  8. Sad news. Glad to have had the opportunity to have met the man. RIP Oliver.
  9. Very nice. You’ve come to the right place. That’s a lovely spec with colour and interior and it looks complete and original. It’s a lot of work but the reward is well worth it. I am sure it will end up being a beautiful looking car when finished. Good luck with it.
  10. And so a witness finally comes forward 😂
  11. 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.
  12. So nice to see an early narrow body excel. Is that Ice blue? Spit looks great too...
  13. So nice to see a nice and original interior on an elite/éclat. It was designed by Guigiaro and exudes opulence.
  14. 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.
  15. For my two pence worth here are some pics from a modified pedal box.
  16. 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.
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