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Mines white, so I know it will look good! Chris Foulds also had a good looking white S1 in his workshop when I was there a couple of weeks ago - Looked much smaller than my S3 which was a bit odd!

Tell you the truth, that original green colour looks really good to me! perhaps its the photos? Keep it original....

cheers Steve

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The sunroof's already gone ! it's been fiberglassed up as well as the silly wing indicator holes. :D

Yes Paul G it's a Bell & Coalville car what's the paint code on your cars vin plate?

Any more votes?

Matt


1976 Esprit S1 123G, 1976 Esprit S1 166G, 1976 Esprit S1 170G, 1976 Esprit S1 228G, 1977 Esprit S1 564H, 1978 Esprit S1 326G, 1978 Esprit S1 329G, 1978 Esprit S1 336G, 1981 Esprit S2.2 0991, 1997 Elise S1

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I thought that but didn't like to say .... Anyone got a webasto folding job, & what do they look like ?

(I too have said type of Cr***y sunroof..)

Oops sorry. The current generation of aftermarket sunroofs are a world away from the old rounded crap (which are so at odds with the Esprits angular looks). Maybe just get a slightly bigger squared off one..


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Youve done well to do what you have done in the time! I bought my 85 turbo about the same time. I love my Turbo but the S1 is really getting under my skin, I know it dosnt have the same power and has its issues but man that shape moves me. It looks smaller than the later models but I think how the rear end curves up at the back. Whatever colour you paint it will look good but for resales and standing out with the public its just got to be white.

Buddsy


 

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Only you know which colour is right for your car. Let me help you decide.....

Imagine you're 18.

Just finishing at school.

The summer is coming...... and you dream.......

You throw a small sports bag containing money, clothes and passport in your Esprit and head for Dover. The seagulls wheeling against misty white chalk cliffs are soon a distant memory as the car growls off the ferry at Calais, burns the 300km to Paris then streaks South on the Autoroute du Soleil. Blasting East on the A8 the interchanges flash past - Cannes, Antibes, Nice, and on to Monaco. From the off ramp the road descends to the principality through a tunnel in the rock almost a mile long and the urgent exhaust note crackles off the walls. Palms and exotic succulents overhang the road and laid out below is the harbour with the yachts of the fabulously rich. This is a place of extreme wealth and cars bearing badges with prancing horses or bulls are commonplace but as you guide the Esprit through the winding streets around Casino Square the glance of every slim, tanned beauty is directed your way. Threading along the lower road between the quayside and swimming pool, three heartstoppingly beautiful girls wave and crowd around the car. As the window glass drops the sweltering heat hits you. One speaks a little English, she's really pretty with a demure, almost coy smile and her name is Sarah. The girls invite you to a party on one of the yachts and walking with them you look back at the stunning car, exhaust ticking in the brilliant mediterranean sunshine after 900 miles of fury. Already people are gathering around it.

I know the girls are already aboard and calling to you Matt but take one more look at that exquisitely clean lined sports car and tell me.......WHAT COLOUR DO YOU SEE?

It's white of course.

Si

I like this..! Made me smile this morning (Mark - shame you ruined it. ggrr!)

The answer is of course white btw.

:lol:

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I'm going to have to say white as well. It's just looks clean and simple, like the S1 design itself.

Best of luck with your project, sounds like you're doing a great job of it (filling the sunroof). It's always great to see someone get a retired Esprit back on the road.

And I know the exterior color is tough enough to choose, but any idea on what interior you're going for?

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Matt -- if you care at all about variety and collectibility, consider that you own, to the best of my knowledge, the ONLY METALLIC GREEN S1 EVER MADE.

Personally, I'd kill for a rare color. The vast majority (like 70-80%) of S1s were yellow, white, or red from the factory. White on an Esprit S1 is like red on a Ferrari 308. As a matter of fact, if you don't mind LHD, I'll be happy to trade you my white S1 for your green one.

If I were going to change the color of an S1, I'd start with a red, yellow, or white one. There are plenty of those to go around.

Take a look at the chart here: http://www.sportscarworld.com/ Click on ALL LOTUS SERIAL NUMBERS AND INFO on the left, then click on Esprit S1 for the list of cars made and their colors. :lol:

Tony :lol:


Tony K. :)

 

Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1991 Esprit SE

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If your car is that rare and the only one which was green I'd keep it original personally. Similarly, I wouldn't change the interior colour either. But if it's a choice between white and yellow I say do the white one first (as I am) hahaha

Paul.


Lotus Esprit [meaning] a 1:1 scale Airfix kit with a propensity to catch fire

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That changes things spectacularly for me. I saw the green and assumed it must be a respray as I'd never seen anything like it. If it is truly an original colour, you must leave it as is as it's so rare. Certainly I think it's rareity would enhance the value of the car.

What's the paint code off the chassis plate?


Regards

Mat

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The Vin plate says A05 (Viper Green) and yes it is the only one this colour but the green you see on the other pictures is a green it was painted in the early 80's and not original !

Below is a picture of what the paint is like under the cheap respray ! the Viper green

viper.jpg

Do you still think I should paint it Viper green ? another vote post ?

Thanks for all your help so far

Matt


1976 Esprit S1 123G, 1976 Esprit S1 166G, 1976 Esprit S1 170G, 1976 Esprit S1 228G, 1977 Esprit S1 564H, 1978 Esprit S1 326G, 1978 Esprit S1 329G, 1978 Esprit S1 336G, 1981 Esprit S2.2 0991, 1997 Elise S1

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Yes keep it viper green if it's a one off. The S1 shape will carry the colour off easy. S1's are so cool. there a nice size

Out of interest when people restore S1's do they upgrade the electrics. etc ?


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The Vin plate says A05 (Viper Green) and yes it is the only one this colour but the green you see on the other pictures is a green it was painted in the early 80's and not original !

Below is a picture of what the paint is like under the cheap respray ! the Viper green

viper.jpg

Do you still think I should paint it Viper green ? another vote post ?

Thanks for all your help so far

Matt

Hmm - well that changes things a bit.

Difficult decision whether to go for white or keep it at the original green colour

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No- I'll stick with my first decision - white it is :lol:

Matt :lol:

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Well that looks much more interesting than the wishywashy metallic hue it wears now. Lovely! Is it metallic or like the Lime green in the article? In fact IS the car in the article Viper green??

Yep, keep it original!


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That makes a big difference, the only met.green one! I would stick by the org. colour. And by the way its looks very cool & special by it.

Jean

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When i bought my car off Stocks Coachworks, Mark told me he wouldn,t spray another one yellow because he couldn,t sell the last one , and he has owned resprayed and sold quite a few.

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Think about this;

It's not a colour which flatters the Esprit's shape - not like white.

It was so unpopular that only one person ordered it.

It seems illogical that a colour so unpopular it appeared on only one car should become the very reason for its preservation.

People have suggested there is a premium in having the only car this colour but is there really?

When you go out to buy an Esprit you are seeking to realise your schoolboy fantasies and the words

'It may not be the colour I dreamed of but this is the only car ever to be painted a strange green and that's a million time better' - don't come to mind.

Many feel it should be preserved but they'd rather someone else owned it. The originality ideal becomes even less tenable when one considers the original engine was lost long ago and its new unit will be a 160lb/ft 912 engine.

It is a car for the fulfilment of fantasies, to be used and enjoyed and the fact it was first painted a vaguely uninspiring shade of green is no reason to keep it that way at the expense of future enjoyment.

Matt, the choice here is between painting XPE a colour which enhances your happiness and pride of ownership and sacrificing your future enjoyment on the altar of originality and becoming a museum curator, preserving an indifferently coloured Esprit you don't like, simply because it was the only one ordered.

Think of it this way - in changing it to a colour you really love you are at last correcting a mistake which has cursed poor XPE 396S since it left the factory.

Si

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keep it original.

but in saying that its your car paint it the colour you realy want. just dont do it red like mine dont want to many the same colour do we :lol:


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I believe the car in the article posted above is mint green. There were ~three S1s painted mint green, and my understanding from an earlier thread on this forum is that all three mint green cars are gone.

That Viper Green looks way cooler than the pale green it was resprayed. It is a very period correct color, and would look good with any interior you throw at it -- brown, tartan, or black.

I disagree with Si about the color not flattering the shape. S1s are all saturated colors -- the red, orange, yellow, and blue are all quite saturated and do the car well. That green looks pretty cool, IMHO. B) Maybe Si doesn't care for it, but all of our opinions are just our opinions.

My offer to trade is serious.

Here's a suggestion: Have your painter mix you up an aerosol can of each color (or a small amount, a pint or less), and just do a quick test paint of different sections of the car with it, and judge for yourself. It will all get sanded off any way. :lol:


Tony K. :)

 

Esprit S1s #355H & 454H

Esprit S2.2  #324J

1991 Esprit SE

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I agree with Tony. You MUST keep it Viper Green. Think of it. You have to ONLY viper green S1 in the world! Talk about resale value!!!!!!! no vote.. keep it original with the Green.

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I'd go with Viper Green

But my second choice would be

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Bahama Yellow!!!!!!

The coolest, most distinctive color to come out or Europe in the late sixties/ early seventies .

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Well I've been looking up Viper green and this is a picture of a viper green Elite

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I've made this in photoshop comparing it with the viper green in the pictures from my car

Espritviper.jpg

You really like it ?

Would you drive round in a car like that ?

Help !

Matt


1976 Esprit S1 123G, 1976 Esprit S1 166G, 1976 Esprit S1 170G, 1976 Esprit S1 228G, 1977 Esprit S1 564H, 1978 Esprit S1 326G, 1978 Esprit S1 329G, 1978 Esprit S1 336G, 1981 Esprit S2.2 0991, 1997 Elise S1

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Well after hearing about this Viper Green revelation, I'm going to have to change my vote - I say go green! It's a magnificent shade of green as well. Even if it's not too common, it is a period color. I'd drive it!

Plus there's the bragging rights about it any time someone mentions the color (which may happen a lot).

Bahama Yellow!!!!!!

The coolest, most distinctive color to come out or Europe in the late sixties/ early seventies.

Wow, Bahama Yellow is certainly, er...distinctive! Reminds me of mashed yams :lol:

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