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    Joe dos Santos
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    Various Esprits - S1, Turbos - 'G' and 'S' type, Seven

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  1. MJK also told me that the remaining early chassis numbers that I have not managed to account for �. 0101G � 0104G (0105G???) were used for crash testing etc� I think 0106G was exported to Australia. I have owned 0201G in South Africa since 1986
  2. Just as a matter of interest to Lotus interested parties, I owned a fire damaged Esprit that had a colour of blue, but then found the copper colour below the blue. I was busy investigating the strange origin of this car (thinking Essex), as it had the chassis numbers changed at the factory from a normally aspirated to the turbo type. The new owner now seems to believe that it was the first production turbo Esprit, but I suspect that it may also have been a back-up copper colour car for the movie "For Your eyes only", as it was at that time period. I still have the engine for that car and can g
  3. I live in South Africa and also own a S1 Chassis number 76 10 0201 G with engine number CC 776 1013 140. There are another 3 x S1 cars in our country. One was sold today to a person that is very keen to restore it to it's original condition. To my knowledge their chassis numbers are: 76 11 0218 G (sold today), 76 10 0238 G, 76 10 0232 G. I hope that this may help with your records.
  4. I bought an Esprit, which I believe may have been a JPS model, but sadly had already lost the black paint for a new white coat, and had lost the original motor for a very powerful 2 lt turbo engine with intercoler. Would anyone perhaps confirm the JPS status and the sequence number of it.
  5. Hi Bevan, Gordon and everyone that has contributed to this subject. In response to the subject of establishing the chassis number - After receiving an email from you, I replied and quote : "You will find the chassis number stamped on the front right section of the flat metal part of the chassis, behind the front right wheel. It usually is stamped vertically. Please check this and let me know, as this will eliminate the following discrepancy. Your papers say the chassis number is 76102386. They probably meant to be 76 10 238G, as this seems to be in line with the numbering sequence at
  6. I have joined fairly recently and added my 2 cents worth from time to time including the odd new topic. I started a new topic yesterday on what my positive sentiment of L-O-T-U-S is. I now notice that the subject has been locked. Would anyone shared some light as to why this may happen, as I have not noticed it before.
  7. Dear Mike, If you are in my neck of the woods next year with the 2010 World Cup Soccer, please contact me if you wish, as it would be an honour to meet you. You may wish to see my Esprits, including an S1, which I have owned and mainained since 1986, (which Mark F from Lotus has seen), and talk about things Lotus. Here's wishing you well in all aspects of life and enjoy ! Best wishes Joe
  8. Great to see that you are not too old to drive an enjoy a proper Sports car. I know of a cousin of my Dad in Portugal still driving at age 92. Best wishes ,Joe

  9. I have heard many anecdotes for L-O-T-U-S, mostly derogatory, but have always corrected them with mine - "Loads Of Testosterone, Usually Sufficient". I have owned Esprits since 1986 and have been very busy flying the flag. All the work on my cars has been performed by me since owning them, with one small exception, and most of this work has been to correct bad workmanship from previous mackies. The pleasure derived from owning and driving them by far outstrips any woes during maintenance or repairs. Once sorted they are bullet proof, but must be cared for, like anything mechanical.
  10. Esprits had never been raced in South Africa, and I entered an Esprit in a race a few weeks ago in the Lotus 7 series, and was rather dissapointed in the outcome, despite not having slicks and being almost 500Kgs too heavy. Besides having consistent times to within 0.1 second on laps over 2 minutes each, I was the slowest on the track. The car had a good engine but was just not competitive to the other cars. As 'red vtec' said earlier, "Time marches on" I found that the springs were too soft in standard form, with the tyre profile too high, particularly at the back. I could not understa
  11. Hi Andrew, I am sorry to hear of your trauma of seeing your own car go up in smoke, but am happy to know that you suffered nothing physically. Recently I posted an article of a car which I bought with fire damage in the engine compartment, (Lost Essex No 9?) and was sad to include a picture of the resultant damage. Sadly your news comes as a surprise to most owners on the forum, and we should take notice of the good advice given such as changing of fuel lines. I have been told that a common problem is on the vent line from the fuel intake pipe which then goes around the top of the window
  12. Its performance that counts and not noise ! I could'nt be shaken off a few years ago in my '89 'Stevens' by following a NEW 4 wheel traction turbo Porsche and driven by a racing driver, over a distance of some 200 kms in our Mpamalaga area over some very winding roads. I had purchased the car with boost turned down to about half, to prevent another engine failure, as it's previous owner had blown it twice before. The boost remains that way till now as I feel it's enough for road use. It cost me a set of rear tyres as they wore down to the canvas, and I was unaware of it. Fortunately m
  13. I ended up buying this car as spares, and stood in that condition untouched for many years before being sold. I still have the engine, cockpit radio and the only 3 wheels which came with it. Not sure about the fire but it may have been at the time of filling with petrol, as the petrol cap on that side of the car was not damaged by fire. I tried to follow the ownership trail, but hit a wall at one stage. I had some history before and after the fire, but never managed to speak to the owner at the time of the fire damage. We have established that it was not an Essex car, as all Essex cars a
  14. The car was purchased for spares originally in that condition, and stood for many years. I was in contact with the factory towards the end to establish some facts which were vague at the time, and sold the car soon thereafter. I still retain the dry sump engine, the Panasonic cockpit radio and 3 wheels, as spares for an early turbo of mine which also has a dry sump. Further to the thread, I am in contact with Brian at the moment, and it seems as if we may get to the bottom of this car. We don't think that it is an Essex. Pity about a real Essex in Japan standing idle.
  15. I owned Chassis No. SCC082910AHD10901 with engine No. CD901801118920. The engine was dry sumped and the interior had the Panasonic cockpit radio on the ceiling. Some factory records seemed to indicate that the car left the factory as a copper colour. It seems as if it left with the Metalic blue as blue was seen under the windscreen, which did not seem to have been replaced. There was copper under the blue and yellow under the copper. The build book at Lotus indicates the car to have chassis number prefix SCC079912 indicating it as a S2 car, but was substituted with the use of Typex to the
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