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1981 Lotus Eclat Series Two project for sale

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This 2. 2 litre Lotus Eclat was last on the road in April 2018. It has been stored in a dry barn since then. The Lotus 912 twin cam engine was running when last started in 2019, but was smoking, cause unknown. The engine is probably due for a top end overhaul, for which parts are widely available. The rear suspension also needs attention. The cam belt and clutch are recent, the carbs were reconditioned in 2015, and the five speed ZF gearbox and brakes were fine when last driven. When stored in 2018, the instruments and the electrics, including the pop up headlamps and the single wiper, were all working, but they have not been tested since 2018. One of the sidelight/ indicators covers is cracked.

The chassis is galvanised and the driver’s door steel beam was replaced by Lotusbits in 2018. The JPS decals scheme was probably applied by a dealer or a previous owner, as the factory did not do a JPS version of the Eclat. The car looks better in photographs than it does in reality. The paint is variable – good in places but flat in others. The black and grey tweed seats are in fair condition apart from one old cigarette burn. The carpets are good but the headlining has detached. The Falken tyres have lots of tread but replacement would be wise because the car has been standing for over three years. Also all hoses and seals should, I suggest, be checked in case of perishing.

I have too many other cars, and this project isn’t getting done, so I offer the car for sale to someone who might like to fix it up. The car can be viewed in South Oxfordshire, close to junction 6 M40.

This car is a project and will need to be trailered away.

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