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  1. I agree with you about the valuations.  I follow the big auctions in USA, and I was a former collector.  I've owned a 1991 Lotus Esprit Jim Clark edition since new.  


    Problem in the USA, and probably same for Europe, as I see it:


       1.  The big money guys, who are "lifting" the Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes, and etc. market, do not know the Lotus.  Not at all.  And their purchases are about ego and bragging rights, not driving the cars.  Consequently, at this time, there are no "big credentials" for having any generation Lotus in their garage.  Peer status is not boosted.


    2.  The recent ramp-up in values for extremely mediocre cars is insane, spurred I believe, by "2nd tier" money guys who missed the earlier action and, therefore, are now priced out of the rare Ferrari, A-M, and Mercedes market.  These people, following badge/insignia only, are driving up values of 2nd tier cars.  How else can you explain the rocketing values of a MB 190SL, or a Ferrari Dino, which now fetches $200K in #3 condition?  A Dino is a rebadged Fiat, from any way you want to look at it.  Four years ago, one could not give them away.


    3.  Many of the writers about USA auctions are owners of classic Ferrari, MB, and Porsche.  So it is gratifying, and self-serving, to keep the marketplace pumped up by their auction reviews.  And there are writers with Fiat, Morgan, Triumph, Volvo collections/history, for example, but I have yet to read any auction coverage by any Lotus collector.  So, there is little public voice for the marquee.   Unfortunately.   


    4.  So, as I see it, the big issue about Lotus:  lack of wide-spread brand identity and respect.  If the collector can't "buy" the envy of other collectors by having a Lotus in his garage, then the auction appeal is not there.


    I wish it were not so.  The biggest problem in collecting a Lotus is not mechanical, in my opinion, but the narrow market when attempting to sell it.  Selling to another aficionado can be very straightforward; selling to an "outsider", though, can be brutal.


    Nonetheless, I love my 1991 Esprit.  One day, It will go to one of my sons, who probably won't drive it because their is no dual-cluch transmission or self-parking.   Who, under 25 years of age these days, wants to change gears or learn now to parallel park?  Just joking to all you under-25 gear heads.


    Just my "two cents".  Thanks.

    good commentary..

  2. ..and why the hell not.. one should ask..


    ..with the current run on the prices of collector cars, we as a collective have to stop letting our cars be valued so dammed cheap..


    .. in my opinion, a good example is indeed worthy of triple its current valuation. 


    So, from now on, I am going place the value of any Lotus Car I own/ sell at at least three times its present valuation.


    If we all follow suit, Classic Lotus' valuation will be where it belongs, and perhaps, finally, the marque will  develop recognition as worthy collector they indeed are.

  3. Love this project.

    I had plans to build a replica F40 back in 2005. I was going to use the new Ford GT drivetrain and fabricate the chassis by reverse engineering a 1/5 scale F40 model kit. I abandoned the project because of the lack of a source of body molds. Add to that.. a bill of materials of over $130,000 USD, plus labour and it seemed pointless, because at the time, a real F40 was about $300k.

    I decided to do an Esprit instead..

    See my Facebook page : F1 Motorsports - Lotus Esprit S3R

    What is the construction materials you are using? Looks like coremat with 10oz overlays?

    Also perhaps you need one of my space frames built for you... Mine has been designed on lotus oe geometry using Susprog 3D and 40mm lower ride height. ;)


  4. Has anyone figured out how to extract the key cylinders from the exterior BL style door openers? Once all the circlips and levers are removed from the backside, the cylinder can be pushed about 80% out of the front of the housing, but seems to need some form of trick to release and pop out. I can't see or feel any retainers or release pins and resist the idea of using a bigger hammer..

    Who is a good source for new cylinders and keys?

    Thx. Jan

  5. If anyone can help, I am looking for an intake cam cover with the oil filler cap located in the middle or forward to clear the factory intercooler.

    If you have one pls send me a pm or message on my S3R Restoration Facebook page

    thx Jan

  6. If anyone can help, I am looking for an intake cam cover with the oil filler cap located in the middle or forward to clear the factory intercooler.

    If you have one pls send me a pm or message on my S3R FB page

    thx Jan

    Also.. BTW If anyone needs parts, I have the entire original 84 S3T parts and components available, everything.. less body and chassis .. all in good condition. I would prefer to box it all in one package if I can vs part in bits and pieces.

  7. Mixtures seem OK (ie:<12.5 is best IMO) I am not familiar with the OE ECU.. perhaps with the ECU max read at 16psi, once you get over 16psi boost, the ecu delivers fueling for 16psi and not 20 .. perhaps thats why over 16psi, you go lean?? just a thought.

    Other reasons for being all-over-the-map could be the quality of signals from the sensors to the ECU.. make sure your electrical contacts and grounds are VERY good.

  8. I've driven an Esprit (89SE and 91 X180-R) with and without LSD on street and track (back to back) and I can tell you the LSD makes a big difference. So much so that I bought an LSD from GTO for my 89SE.

    Travis.. Was that an ATB or ZF type diff you tested?

    I am in the process of ordering a complete upgraded UN1 from GTO Racing and was discussing the ZF or ATB diff option. Each type seems to have its advantages and disadvantages. I was concerned that the ATB would go into open mode if one wheel broke ground, upsetting the car. The ZF on the other hand could create added understeer on power-on lock-up. If you can shed more light, that would be helpful.

    Lee and Kevin at GTO seem like upstanding sorts to deal with. Any feedback on their product and service?

  9. Used to have tons of pics in the garage section in the old forum site.. don't know what happened, bit of PITA to go and redo it all again.

    That said, albeit a bit slow.. I am getting serious on the project car.. now I have decided to replicate the LeMans/ SCCA Esprit dry sump setup.

    GTO are currently building me a CR UN1 with an ATB LSD.

    The inboard brakes on the UN1 are 50% completed.

    Mat.. Not even sure where the inbox is anymore??

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