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Anybody know what Chris Evens got for his Esprit?

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Chris Evans sold his S1 Esprit the other day, anybody know what it made?

Paul.

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Its in the thread about it I'm sure...

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£21k I think? Bit less then he paid for it?

Buddsy

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So, why after searching for months for a good one did he decide to sell it, anyone know???

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He didn't get a good one?

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About a month before he bought that he was looking at buying a Ferrari that a friend had for sale. I don't think it's that big a deal, he buys it and then gets rid of it if it's not quite right.

Nice work it you can get it !

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He didn't get a good one?

But didn't he buy it from UK Sportscars? Surely..........

Trevor.

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But didn't he buy it from UK Sportscars? Surely..........

Nuff said.

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If the hammer price is £21k how much would he actually receive?

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I imagine they would have done it for very little or zero vendor commission for Chris as they get the buyers premium as well.

Vendor Commission is always negotiable.

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The respected journalist Chris Harris made this positive comment after the recent record breaking RM auction in London

"But it wasn't the big metal that caught my eye as I watched the live feed on my lap top. The beautiful 1978 Esprit S1, in Bond white, made just £23,520. Compared to some of the over-priced tat on display (I give you the 2005 Excalibur), it was a shining beacon of common sense"

That was Chris Evans' car

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Reinforces my view that Esprits are way too cheap compared to other 'classics'

Not sure that some of the valuation debates that we have actually help but I accept that not everybody wants to see the values of Esprits increase

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Shame if they go up too much and I would think the only people who want to see that are owners and dealers. I bought mine because it was financially accessable and like to think others will get the chance to own one too. If they make high figures it will be a shame in the same way it's a shame I can;t now go and buy a 308 to try like I could 5 years ago. I'm sure it won't make any difference what is said on forums as the cars are bought by enthusiasts currently and this is possibly what keeps the prices low. Once they are bought by speculators/collectors/investors at auction then the prices may advance. I do agree that the prices are low but thats in part because of the enthusiast again that wants to spend as little as possible on his Esprit therefore many leave a lot to be desired. Have a look around at Ferrari's etc and see the general standard of these and that's why they are worth more not simply because they are Ferrari's. Those cars are lavished with money to take care of imperfections such as stone chips and clean engines/interiors etc. If you want your Esprit to be worth as much as these cars then immaculate paint, full main dealer and specialist service history, and a retrimmed interior will set you back a pretty penny but will make a difference. There are exceptions of course so those with tidy cars...................

Trevor.

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Trevor I agree with what you say above..however the cars that will end up worth the money will be the preservation cars.. Original interiors, original paint etc..things like stone chips worn in interiors are now accepted as part of a cars history. For example an unrestored original tatty 300sl gullwing is worth more than a fully restored gleaming car.

This is why you would be mad to touch the tobacco interior of your car. Having said that mechanical maintenance/resto is another story they need to be running beautifully but I believe the cosmetic restorations have to be done sympathetically as to not wipe out the cars story.

The reason being why I bought my car. Great history and unrestored. I would never want mine to feel like a new car, rather a worn in used example.

Edited by Lex Templar

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I agree to a certain extent about originality providing it hasn't gone too far obviously.

Trevor.

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There is a danger of Triggers Broom syndrome with some of the overly restored cars..

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Agree again re Triggers Broom but frankly we are not talking about an original Bugatti of 1964 GTO SWB we are comparing like for like so a 1980's 308 for example would be expected to have a refreshed interior and paintwork and I seriously doubt you could find one in original condition and even if you did I think it would be bought by an enthsiast to restore. Restoration inevitably involves replacing and renewing items and this doesn't seem to hurt sale prices of cars that I mention. Barrie's car is the exception remamber and I am discussing the rule.

Trevor.

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If an increase in values leads to it being economic to do restorations to the Nick Fulcher interior standard then I don't think that it would be a bad thing as more Esprits will survive. I'm not holding my breath though.

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That's my point exactly. Whilst we all cough at £8.5k for an interior then the cars are never going to be worth money. The S1 boys are starting to spend the money on the cars and look what is happening to the prices.

Trevor.

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Give us a kiss big boy :-)

Trevor.

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Ooooh, you joining us?

Trevor.

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