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So it looks like I'm joining the exclusive Lotus Esprit Owners Club. Just won the bidding for  a 1996 Esprit V8  on Catawiki.

The interior looks ace and the engine has had a full rebuild just a few years ago, so I'm hopeful she will fulfill my dreams. The paint seems dead, so a complete respray will be necessary. And, the wheels definitively need a refurbishment.

Which brings up the question of which colour to go for. The car is in dark green, which I don't really like. This leaves the following colours in my selection (whereby I'm mostly thinking about modern colours):

  • Aspen White - always elegant, but probably not right for the white interior
  • Artic Silver - equally elegant, but always a bit bland
  • Flame Red - I do love the Renault Flame Red, but red justs calls for Ferrari misidentification
  • Motorsport Green - I like the gold / green shine, but it may be too bright for the Esprit
  • Motorsport Black - As on my EX460. I love it, but it is a dust magnet
  • Copper Fire - My name is Bond, James Bond - just an idea right now as I have never seen it in the flesh. 

I'm also thinking about wrapping the car instead of painting. It does open a completely different world of colours (including matt), has the advantage of simple repair of stone chips (and intrinsic PPF properties) and does keep the original colour below.

Recommendations?

Oh, and I'm sure I will be coimg back with many more questions once I get my hands around the car.

 

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Wow, congratulations Thomas. Obvs the original colour would be ideal but you know I'm a fan of MSG! A wrap is a good idea though, a decent respray on an Esprit would be kicking five figures I'd guess nowadays. 

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Congratulations on joining the Esprit club :thumbsup:

2 hours ago, TBD said:

The paint seems dead

Would a proper detailing bring the paint back to life - @Greg | ValetPro

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Just now, ChrisJ said:

Congratulations on joining the Esprit club :thumbsup:

Would a proper detailing bring the paint back to life - @Greg | ValetPro

I don't think so. The photos show the clearcoat peeling off.

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Thought? These are some renders on a 3d model in Fusion 360. Somehow the Motorsport green just doesn't cut it for me on the Esprit. 

In honor of @Suddabym I'm leaning towards the championship gold. 

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And yet I’m leaning to that last one - shiny green with gold wheels. Very in right now. 

Although, I mean… gold, right?

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Nice looking steering wheel as well.

I presume it's an airbag wheel?

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The actual wheel is black. This is just from the 3d file

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On 14/04/2022 at 19:55, TBD said:

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So this is not the real steering wheel?

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Yes, that one is. I thought you meant the colour schemes

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:thumbsup:

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On 20/04/2022 at 12:58, Suddabym said:

And yet I’m leaning to that last one - shiny green with gold wheels. Very in right now. 

Although, I mean… gold, right?

Maybe I'll have to reconsider the Motorsport Green. It probably depends a lot on the accents.

BTW: the car should be at Komo-tec end of next week. Hopefully the first look won't be a nightmare.

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I am biased because my car is dark green, but I like it as it is... Otherwise I would probably go with copper, which I think would suit nicely the light interior. Nice problems you have. 😉

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