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Greetings from the states everyone. Here is a few shots of my 523 in Red Rocks Park in Colorado. We have sun year round here, so even after a little snow the roads clear. Lots of twisty mountain roads

Hi Chris, Here are some more pictures of my Elite, as requested. The photos were taken for a recent feature in Absolute Lotus magazine after my car had undergone a two year restoration at Lo

From our race last weekend (it should be noted that we won our class after 8 years of trying  ) : Lotus Elite by Brian Knudson, on Flickr Lotus Elite by Brian Knudson, on Flickr

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On ‎17‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 23:57, 89esprit said:

Beautiful! How about some details, history? I'm sure we'd all love to hear some.

Thanks!

Sold new in Sweden (LHD) 1988 Pearlwhite with darkgrey leather interior

Have 67000km on the speedometer, AC, Stainless exhaust, and HC engine

I bought it 2012 and the car is in realy good condition 🙂

 

On ‎18‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 10:09, mpse14 said:

Stunning!!!

 

Thanks!

15 hours ago, Painterdave said:

It's a lovely car it seems to have headlamp washers

Yes, sold new in Sweden and the cars here have it

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3 minutes ago, EXCEL V8 said:

Wow - that looks fantastic!  Have the seats been re-covered?  It looks like quality work.

Pete

Cheers Pete - Thank you for your kind words. No, they haven't been re-covered. I have re-coloured them myself using Gliptone Scuffmaster, dabbed on with a sponge. They were in pretty good condition, just scruffy and tired. Will attach some 'before' pics later

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7 hours ago, EXCEL V8 said:

The results are great - it gives me hope that my interior may be just about restoreable!  Some "before" pics would be good - thanks.

Pete

 

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Wow. That's quite some transformation. Nice work. Looks like you had some stitching to repair. Did you remove some covers then replace? 

Tony 

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22 minutes ago, Tony D said:

Wow. That's quite some transformation. Nice work. Looks like you had some stitching to repair. Did you remove some covers then replace? 

Tony 

Hi Tony. No, i didnt remove anything (mostly on the grounds that i wouldn't have a clue where to start). The stitching was still intact but the leather had torn close to the stitching. I glued a reinforcement strip of leather behind the tear, and then unfilled the gap with Leather filler (also from Gliptone) , then used the recolouring paint over the top.

ps, I also used the filler to infill the cigarette burn.

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Thanks for the "before" photos Tim.  My seats are similar to how yours were - possibly a little worse, but I'm encouraged having seen the results you've achieved!

Pete

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1 hour ago, EXCEL V8 said:

Thanks for the "before" photos Tim.  My seats are similar to how yours were - possibly a little worse, but I'm encouraged having seen the results you've achieved!

Pete

Good luck, Pete. If you go down the Gliptone Scuffmaster route, get in touch and I'll pass on some observations on what worked well and less well.

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Thanks Tim.  It will be some months before I get to the seats - body only just replaced on chassis!  I have been giving them some leather food to try to turn them back from cardboard into leather!

Pete

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11 hours ago, phoenix said:

So nice to see an early narrow body excel. Is that Ice blue? Spit looks great too...

Yes, it's Ice Blue. With both cars side by side, the Excel does look quite big compared to the Spit, so I made sure she was to the rear for this picture. Just a bit further down the road and you could see the white cliffs and just make out Dover port. But nowhere to stop for a picture, so we settled for this one.

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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Love those early wheels on Excel but sadly they are wrong size to retro fit to my 86. 

The wheels fitted to Elite/Eclat are probably my all-time favourite fitted to any car ever. 

Justin 

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Just returning to the interior trim, anyone have comparative experience of the Furniture Clinic for leather repair kits? 

I've got a drivers seat in need of serious attention, but am encouraged by these before and afters. Just need to decide on who's repair materials I go for. 

Tony 

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