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1 hour ago, Bling said:

@SimonJam - there is also this one: https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/auctions/1981-lotus-esprit-s3-knrMpg

The white one is definitely overpriced. You should be looking to pay around £25k for a good one

Whilst the dreadful sunroof devalues this car I think you'll need to pay £35k for a really good S3.

If you want to buy one that needs work and money then there will be quite a few at c£25k.

Mine is in tip top condition and couldn't be bought for £35k (if it was for sale) with an agreed valuation to match. Check out recent magazines for how good S3's are.

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There was an incredible one at Brands in 2015 I think - an ice blue one - just fully restored and it was a thing of utter beauty. It was £34995 back then - and worth every penny. Prices have risen since.

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That red S3 - 1981 - has had a replacement front bumper and bonnet by the look of it? - as the bonnet has two air vents (which only came on the HC car) and the later indicators / bumper design on the front - so it is not original but not the end of the day of course... 

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/auctions/1981-lotus-esprit-s3-knrMpg

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Key question is why it needed a new front bumper/bonnet and who did the repairs - Looking at the way in which the side trim has been applied I doubt that it was Lotus.. 

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On 14/07/2021 at 20:47, Bazza 907 said:

Whilst the dreadful sunroof devalues this car I think you'll need to pay £35k for a really good S3.

If you want to buy one that needs work and money then there will be quite a few at c£25k.

Mine is in tip top condition and couldn't be bought for £35k (if it was for sale) with an agreed valuation to match. Check out recent magazines for how good S3's are.

What about this one?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203502495668

 

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Ridiculous price for a turbo let alone an n/a. The prices he is  quoting are for S1 esprits

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On 14/07/2021 at 18:35, SimonJam said:

That’s been sold. It’s been on their site for ages, but is gone.

Have only just seen this thread, but afraid that was me - I bought the black S3 HC NA back in March/April, but it was still "for sale" until about last week on the website!

There's certainly some interesting prices being advertised for S3 NA's at the moment - not sure that 1981 red one in Poole actually sold though? It had been advertised several times on here/CarAndClassic/Autotrader for about £40k, and then ended up at auction on CarAndClassic, but don't think it met it's reserve.

Good luck with your search - I was in your shoes a year ago and took several attempts to find the car I ended up with, but super happy with it so far!

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I have indeed.  Someone has spent a lot of money on this one; I'd say fairly recently.  I did a C service, fitted a new exhaust, and had the turbo rebuilt.

Interior has been retrimmed, but not exactly standard!  Quite nice though.  A very pretty car. @Blinghas been to see it, so maybe best to hear from him...

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It is a very lovely car. It will definitely turn heads when you are out in it. The interior is not standard but it is very nice, I classed it as germanic, that is similar design to what you would expect to see in a Porsche or Mercedes. Definitely worth going to view.

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