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in Elite / Eclat / Excel Chat
Posted June 21
Posted April 24
Early elite in blue with cream interior. An object of beauty.
Posted April 19
So nice to see an early excel in such a lovely condition.
Posted March 6
That’s a great pic.
Posted March 2
Thank you Richard. I plan to join.
Posted February 17
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.
Posted February 16
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?
Posted January 11
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.
Posted November 7, 2020
Sad news. Glad to have had the opportunity to have met the man.
Posted July 25, 2020
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.
in Esprit Chat
Posted July 1, 2020
And so a witness finally comes forward 😂
Posted June 27, 2020
1976 éclat 520
Posted June 26, 2020
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.
Posted June 25, 2020
Posted June 23, 2020
So nice to see an early narrow body excel. Is that Ice blue? Spit looks great too...
So nice to see a nice and original interior on an elite/éclat. It was designed by Guigiaro and exudes opulence.
in Projects & Restorations
Posted June 7, 2020
Looks a million bucks 👌🏻
in Engine & Ancilliaries/Gearbox
Posted May 14, 2020
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.
Posted May 11, 2020
Unfortunately not. This unit was removed from a car.
For my two pence worth here are some pics from a modified pedal box.
Posted April 19, 2020
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.
Posted June 5, 2019
The Corgi elite does exist!
Posted November 8, 2018
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.
Posted November 2, 2018
Blessed is thee who is able to accumulate more than one elite/éclat.
Posted November 1, 2018
Hello Rob. Hope you’re well. I have great respect for your achievement with this restoration. Has there been any progress since?