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    simon bates
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    elise S1 & Elite 501
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  1. my old Esprit looks to have been part of the same batch contact Andy Graham <[email protected]> for initial history, but given that it is in a batch of "factory" registrations...
  2. cheers, am in two minds at the moment, I think a full marcasite interior will be very hard to cobble together, and will look tired, however I do it. It came with a beige leather interior as well (car is full of it) I need to tidy storage for that first, and then I can see what interior is like. I think black leather on the dash will be harmless and authentic enough. I am taking out the sunroof, so headlining will change anyway. I think a check on the cars history and a verdict on the chassis will be my first stops. if it is a full chassis off rebuild, that will be a differen
  3. plan is to get it over to GST and see what mechanical / chassis side is like. If chassis good, get it running. Original marcasite interior is shot, but car comes with a beige leather interior in addition, and Stevie Wonder has re-trimmed the dash in beige leather, and taken clocks out Hopefully it can be got in a useable condition, and then I will live with it for a bit before a respray, new vinyl roof and lose the sunroof. I think a red interior might suit it. Given it is not going to get a new marcasite interior, it is never going to be fully original, so keep it 70's Rotte
  4. found 10 miles from home, been stood for ages, but looks pretty complete Colour a winner for me, need to check it is original
  5. Not sure that it is the right time for massive investment in a v8 engine
  6. Had a go in a JP-LM two seater prototype thing at bedford autodrome a few years ago with its manual paddleshift box, and was just blown away by it. It is just so nice and so good; a really good dual clutch box does come close. Fashion seems to be to knock the two pedal set up in favour of 3 pedals and a stick, and a manual can be a joy - I used to have a marcos 1500gt with a Ford "rocket" gearbox, and a stubby gearstick that was connected to the selection rods without any remote control mechanism - that was also a joy I have never driven a mid engine Lotus where I would consider th
  7. OK if Nicotine is 1000x more potent than alcohol, how come I could drive OK after 20 a day, but could not after half a bottle of Scotch
  8. Launch edition is £52K, with a £16K deposit down to confirm order. Standard edition price not out yet, but it will be forty something. The lack of a cloverleaf badge suggests that there will be a faster one. Talk seems to firm up the idea of a convertible, but I suspect that this will be on the lines of the Exige S roadster, with a removable roof Lights are OK IMHO - the change to the wing mirrors is the biggest bit of butchery
  9. Media is coming out on the Alfa 4C, and Maserati production facility looks impressive. How does it compare to Hethel (as it is now) and chassis lay up
  10. 1800ES is steel, never seen that colour before - lovely
  11. Mmmm bit whiney, take it off, lob it over there, I will get some sawdust in the morning and we can chuck it back in another car
  12. Caterham entering Le Mans, or sponsoring a Zytek (A certain whiff of Dany about this)
  13. If you took the wheels off, you would have to be quite an expert to tell the last S1 from the first S2 I can see the interest in the early gelcoat cars, but expect to see the whole S1/2/2.2 range to take a lift in price, with the early tartan / white cars leading with a significant premium. I expect the JPS cars to be a bit retro-cool as they now look like a modern F1 car
  14. Big salary designer and a team of seventy! Is that still all in place? Do hope Lotus bring something out from this design team (is Exige V6 theirs?)
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