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  1. The team at Hethel also catered for the purity of the earlier cars, with a White S1 in Design Studio whilst in the Retail Space we added a Yellow S1, and a stunning 1 owner Red S2 - though due to various constraints the Turbo had to do the job for 1980 – 1987. There's beauty in all of these. Mr Giugiaro was delighted to be reunited with examples of his earlier works, and his visit provided me with an opportunity to personally thank him for styling a car that I’ve thought about, perhaps every day, for 45 years. A Genius of his craft, and a Gentleman.
  2. Well done that man! Lovely car that and well priced too. Look forward to seeing it at Horsley. Best Scott.
  3. Anthony, SJ Sportscars do one that's been good enough to use on both the Orange and the Yellow restored cars. If yours still has the material bonded to the casing remove and refit to the the new one for some added authenticity. cheers Scott.
  4. as per title, Mike @ Star Cars has booking for a pretty big Bond event in Milford Haven this Saturday. If any has a White or Copper Giugiaro S3, or a White S1/S2 and fancies being part of a parade and display please contact Mike Barr @ Star Cars - 028 2858 3500. all costs are covered and there is a hotel on Friday that's I think is also paid for should someone wish to travel on the Friday. In addition there is a payment also, so nobody should be out of pocket. If you can help, contact Mike directly. Many thanks Scott.
  5. That's an S2 downpipe, preliminary silencer and rear silencer if I'm not mistaken Paul. If you are putting a system on your S1 - get the pig iron manifold off it; I know it's original, but if you want the "throaty, off the ferry" sound as in The Spy Who Loved Me, you'll need the SJ branched manifold - with the S1's standard (just one) silencer it sounds awesome. TNR160R has this and it just sounds terrific. ATB Scott.
  6. "to see The Lotus Group as an engineering company that also builds cars"............ I'm no engineer, just a humble retailer - but I like the potential marketing perspective in this statement. There's some romantic perception for you! ATB Scott.
  7. Having "done" a JPS car, I think it could have been more considered graphically, and also with regards to it's choice of interior trim and wheel finish. I suppose the aesthetics took a second place to the engineering; surprised it's not faster though. Glad to see the old girl in the "spotlight" - still a fabulous car, and a nice idea too.
  8. As a specialist, I can only say what I see happening inside these four walls. I've just sold two S1's and sold them for figures that some thought completely unattainable. They sold quickly, and made their asking prices. They also drew more interest than any other Lotus currently on my books, and the counters on the Pistonheads site confirm the hits per ad. S1's have huge interest at present; I had received enquiries from Japan, USA, Australia, France, Belgium. If you remember that 205 were registered in the UK, that made them rare then. Now, how many survive? How many people have fallen in love with the car over the years, and are in a position to own one, or buy one and restore it? Proper restorations at rate, are perhaps £50K. So, with a diminishing car pool, a rise in interest then the prices will go up. And why should they not? We have ust seen a celebrity car enthusiast buy one, and another has been sourced by a famous CEO. People pay £25-30K happily for a Europa Special. Elans have broken £35K, and I reckon they'll be £45K before too long. But for some reason, the Esprit has always been overlooked. Perhaps it's an age thing, that second time 'round sensation where a certain generation can afford to buy the car they used to push around the carpet as a kid. Don't know. But an S1 Esprit at £35-40K versus an S2 Exige S at the same money.....well, people seem to have no problem with buying the second car. Yet the Esprit at that money seems outrageous! In my mind, an S1 Esprit at that money makes a fine choice as it will probably not lose anything, and may increase further. The modern will still be subject to depreciation, and this is a cost that people seem happier to accept. I can't stand losing money on cars! Different things carry different values to people. I'd never pay £20M for a Ferrari. I don't care how special it is, whose had it, where it's been raced. But I'd pay handsomely to own my dream car which just happens to be an S1 Esprit. I reckon Esprit is at a time where values will increase. Some much more than others, S1's, Essex, Early G Turbo, S4S, Sport 300, and 350 all tipped for good times, good S2's and anything else low mileage/exceptional will follow suit. Depends what may happen with the brand, and for sure if and when the new one appears, it may boost "oldtimer" prospect and carry demand and values further. I just hope someone starts to remanufacture some of the more elusive parts for them all so we can keep enjoying them for a long while to come. Cheers! Scott.
  9. The roundels do indeed come off! We can also supply a replica set if need be for the future keeping. I don't think the original owner is a forum member, but he also went from a 111R to this - I sold him both new. Cheers! Scott.
  10. Argh - not good. Specialised are superb. They are my paint partners and paint all my cars whenever needed. In fact, Alan was on the phone last night asking for me to keep an eye open for some wheels for you. As Bibs has mentioned, SWS may help. and I think from images that these just may be salvable. Rest assured on Specialised though - they are top notch, and Alan is a Lotus man. Best, Scott - Scott Walkers.
  11. If it's a help I have space near Gatwick, and a 3.5 tonne Luton........... Scott.
  12. 600LOT was featured quite heavily on "Lotus Esprit - Addiction for life". I love Bobby Bell's comment, "a Maser would give 140, and a Ferrari would give perhaps 150 - we felt we needed to give the Esprit an edge" - B&C still have every press cutting and road test for 600LOT, getting great publicity at the time. Forgotten the SU carb size, but there's an engine bay image in the Robson book . One came up for sale on Ebay a while back, an S2 in solid Green with Yellow wheels, but I've never seen another - in the flesh or advertised. Internally they were known as incinerators! ATB Scott
  13. Yes....Nick Fulcher is doing these, I'm sure.
  14. Yes Tony 'twas me - it's a Yellow S1; when the weather's like this it's a great commuting car!I'm looking after a mate's garage in Burstow for a couple of weeks whilst he's in OZ, and have access to a workshop, so it makes sense; car's been in storage for a while. ATB, Scott.
  15. Regarding Dunsfold, I arranged with our local club chap from Club Lotus before I left, that our demonstrator would indeed be there; in fact I think Martin Colvill will be taking Evora to the event.......I am sure that this is still happening. ATB Scott.
  16. Just caught this thread too. Mike, I'm glad to see that finally the doctor's advice is being heeded; sounds like the "backbone" needs some extra engineering and medical input. Shakespeare wrote "Our life, exempt from the public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones & good in everything." Whilst I'm more Cropley and Nye than Shakespeare, I think he's suggesting that you take time out to write your memoirs! I bet you have some fascinating insights and amusing recalls from all these years with the Green & Yellow. Thankyou for your incredible contribution, for your efforts, vision, and for your leadership. For me, you remain an icon. I'm sure the Old Man would pat you on the ba.....shake your hand warmly!!! All the very best Scott Walker
  17. I have two new ones, one I wish to keep - the other I could sell. Getting it to you is a concern though........... Also have the TRIPLEX sticker. Let me know if this helps you. Scott. [email protected]
  18. Pete, We are not far from London, 40 minutes on Waterloo line, and we collect and deliver from station - in fact you could use as a station car............... If driving, there's loads of parking, the coffee is pretty good, and there's a great pub down the road. Roads around here are great mixture of Surrey Hills, our own "private" A246, and a section of A3........... Email me at [email protected] if this helps you. ATB Scott.
  19. I thought the day went pretty well, and I'd like to thank all those who came for coming. I hope that it was of use to all of our exisiting owners in terms of helping them to get the best out of their cars. Pretty difficult arranging these days when factoring in needs and requirements from existing owners and also prospects, but I thought that it worked out well. Commercially, we have four very strong enquiries for 2-Elevens, so a good day for us too. Special thanks to Nick & Russ, for making the time to join us and for the extensive talk. Extended thanks to LOTUS for providing a 190 2-Eleven and wheelman Martin Donnelly, and thanks to Martin for his all day wheel work. The car even remained free from used cream cakes on the passenger side footwell too........ Bibs, good pictures; we'll be having a chat 'bout one of the choices though! ATB Scott.
  20. Saturday May 16th 9:00am – 5:00pm Bell and Colvill are hosting a focus event for the Lotus 2-Eleven at their showroom in West Horsley. The day is aimed at those enthusiasts who have perhaps considered one, but have never been behind the wheel of one. Lotus Cars UK are providing a 2-Eleven 190 demonstrator and Paul Adams for prospects to book demonstration runs in the car, offering an on road demonstration and drive. Helmets or facemask will be provided. We shall also be joined by Nick Adams and Russell Gibbons from Lotus Motorsport who are on hand to provide further detail to the car. At 1330 a technical seminar will be held in our workshops, in which will feature a 2-Eleven used exclusively at the Ascari circuit in Spain. This car will be used to show existing owners adjustments that can be made to the car, from wing position, to ohlins adjustment, ride height to roll bar position. An open Q&A session shall also feature. Weather permitting, the day shall finish with a 2-Eleven Owners group photograph, so we would like to see as many 2-Eleven`s here as possible! Test drives on the 190 are on a first come first served basis, and booked in advance. Email Scott Walker or call 01483 281000. PLEASE REMEMBER BOTH PARTS OF DRIVING LICENCE TO SATISFY OUR INSURERS! Light refreshments are available on the day.
  21. Glad to hear the three of you made it home safely; got loads of images which I'll post up when back in Blightly - we are now having two days in Amelia Island and return Saturday. ATB - Scott & Belen.
  22. 0134G ( TNR149R)was black stem. This flaked off over the years, and has since been polished to chrome. It will be repainted black as that's how it left Hethel: I'd advise to peel the seal for confirmation. I don't think there's a right or a wrong, as long as it is finished now as it was when it left Hethel. Hence why mine will be painted. 0139G (ULO658R) was chrome. Again I peeled the seal back for confirmation, which is why it stayed Chrome. Although these VINs are close, I can only summise the probabilty that the supply bin online had mixed components, leading to some in Chrome, some in Black. LOTUS - "we need 200 mirror stems @ 50p each - all in Black, for our new Supercar" SUPPLIER - "sorry chap, can do 100 Black & 100 Chrome @ 50p" LOTUS - "OK, that'll confuse the life out of restorers and detailists in thirty years or so..." I've seen similar things happen on new model Lotus. ATB Scott. Forget to add.......Matt, your car is stunning. I take my hat off to you. Love especially the number plates - I'm doing a tax disc holder, a dealer window sticker and a number plate dealer font from the 70's for mine. If they are succesful, I'll run you out a second set as yours was a Bell & Colvill car. ATB Scott.
  23. Bobby, Martin & I were pretty shocked to hear of this. We wish you the very best for a full recovery. Whilst the world is upside down, we enter a new age with Evora, largely thanks to you. I for one, believe the car is so very right; the Hethel collective have done an incredibly marvellous job and I look forward to the activity and the spotlight on our precious and wonderful brand that shall follow over the next few months. Meanwhilst, I'd rest if I were you! We need you fit for a follow up performance! All the very best from the B&C collective. Scott.
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