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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. found 10 miles from home, been stood for ages, but looks pretty complete Colour a winner for me, need to check it is original
  4. Not sure that it is the right time for massive investment in a v8 engine
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 1800ES is steel, never seen that colour before - lovely
  10. 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
  11. Caterham entering Le Mans, or sponsoring a Zytek (A certain whiff of Dany about this)
  12. 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
  13. 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?)
  14. No news on the "cause" yet? I do not believe that the media help, at the moment far too much infamy is created. Unless it is a manhunt, then they should keep to a small grainy photo, and put the name of the offender in the third paragraph. We create infamy for monsters
  15. Class went out the window over 100 years ago, when the merchants built themselves estates; and those whose families were given estates after the Norman conquest were quitting them as they could not afford to maintain the piles. I work, so working class, there is a massive "Jeremy Kyle" class who do not work and a tiny elite class who watch daytime tv using their own money rather than taxpayer money. It could be that the whole system is "on its head", and we now pay our feudal obligation (taxes) so that the workshy can parade around their "Manor"
  16.     Manufacturer suing automotive press would be a pretty stupid thing to do; Lotus need autocar more than Autocar need Lotus
  17. My understanding of "underwritten" is that after you sell off every last piece of "Lotus", then Proton are liable for the balance of debt. Hardly an interesting route to follow. I would really like to see a facelift model out of Lotus, to me Evora is a bit fugly, same underpinnings, same improved build quality, but a new DRB body would seem to show a "reborn" Lotus
  18. One of the more obvious differences between S2.2 & S3 is bumpers, Would not be unusual for an owner to put "facelift" bumpers on a car in 1980s
  19. If the spyker C8 is on a lotus platform, then the "new" Esprit could not be THAT impossible to produce (if someone who owned Lotus wanted to produce it) & my fingers are in my ears regarding criticism of the Alfa 4C - the headlights, crap paint choices, pointless front vents, or comically chunky wing mirrors
  20. I think I would gamble on the 4C coming with a headlight alternative fairly early in its life. Apparently show cars are not runners. Hope the front vents get deleted
  21. It is dids, so alarm wont do a lot, Keep it discrete, and get a neighbourhood "no cold calling zone" really effective in stopping them casing the area
  22.     Depends on your electric source, agreed it is rubbish with coal or gas, but those stations can be balanced to demand. It is a little more interesting with nuclear, where you run the reactor flat out, and match H2 production to surplus power. Same with renewables, quite handy when the wind is at 2am
  23. Bit bumpier in those days! 42 years of no overtaking
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