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  • Birthday 15/10/1958

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    Ken Swinnich
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    '89 Esprit Turbo non SE Chrome Orange, '19 Caterham 7 280S Red, '77 Elite 503 Lagoon Blue, '74 Elite 503 Red, 1977 Elite 503 Red
  • Location
    Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

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  1. I'd love to see a pic of that panel also. I've got three and don't think any of mine have one left. Would be interesting to see if one could be fabricated. Kenny
  2. Hi All, Anyone have any pics of an Elite decked out in a race livery from back in the day? Were these ever raced in some sort of Saloon Car series? Thanks, Kenny
  3. Would be pretty cool to see and at least it goes through the city streets more or less... not like that abomination that they will be having in Miami. Somehow racing around a football stadium parking lot like a weekend 'gymkhana' just doesn't appeal to me. When I heard them talk about a race in Miami, I kind of pictured a course zipping by South Beach not the"Food Court" at a football stadium parking lot... Very disappointing. Especially when you think of how great it would be to race at Watkins Glen again. Classic Formula 1 course with a great history.
  4. Absolutey beautiful cars!!! Congrats to you on them!
  5. Sure is pretty! It'll be interesting to see what it goes for. 🤔
  6. That is absolutely gorgeous! Now you are forcing me to get off my arse and put the two red ones ('74 and '77) I have together ... Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!
  7. I paid $1200 us for them. However, they are not in leather. That would have been waaaaay more. He charged my wife $1000 for the seats, console and gator in the Esprit. The material he used is very high quality and most who see it don't even know its not leather.
  8. Thanks for the compliments.. I wish I could say I did, but there is no way I could've managed to do those seats myself. I had an upholstery shop near me cover them. They were originally that nasty cloth material. I was absolutely stunned when I got them back. I'm sure he's never seen any seats like that in his life and it sure says a lot of his talent to have them come out so good. He's also done the seats and console in my '89 Esprit and a '67 Imperial I have. Not cheap but it proves the old adage true once again... you get what you pay for. My wife and I did manage to re-cover all the trim pieces and put in the headliner ourselves. Those are covered in suede. Getting all that prosthetic leg material of that roof was horrible. LOL The seat bells were already mounted in the car by way.
  9. Found this little tidbit on YouTube last night. 1976 Lotus Elite driving review and road test - YouTube
  10. Well when you have no choice, you're pretty much stuck with them. LOL Of course there is a good side to them. They make a great place to set your beer when you're working on them! Actually I have 3 the other is quite roadworthy! '77 503 in Lagoon Blue
  11. It's a 503 Power steering with air in red. I bought it as a project car, it needs quite a bit of work, along with a red '77 503 that also needs work. Here's a couple pics of the '77
  12. I don't have an answer but I have a '74 Elite here (stateside) that doesn't have it either. I just thought it was missing... now I have to wonder if they started putting them on after a certain point in production?
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