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CharlieCroker

Gutted I sold the S2.

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Been ages since I have been on the forum, but like a good wine you never forget a good one. Found my old photos of my old Esprit just after it was completed and how good does it look, really pissed off I sold it. Was without doubt the best car I have ever owned, not just for the way it looked and drove but the way it made me feel, it was raw power, noise, handling all wrapped up in probably 'the' definitive retro 70's shape, gutted. Here's a link to the photos :-(

 

http://www.mediaslice.net/LotusEspritS2/photos.html 

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Does look good, there's no denying that. Fancy another?

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Would love that car back, apparently the guy that bought it, is doing a nut and bolt job on it. As soon as he is finished i will try to get photos. Was such a blast.

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To my trained eye, looked pretty good before the new owner started his nut and bolt job. T'was a rather nice example already.

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What's stopping you getting another one Charlie?

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Nothing stopping me getting a new one in the future, will keep an eye out for one at the right price would love another S2. That car was such a good one though, pretty much untouched (until I got hold of it) when I used to work on it you could see that things were totally original to the car and only a few things were replaced due to wear and tear and the colour combo was sweet. Oh well, you move on. Bug went a long time ago. Other photos here; http://www.mediaslice.net/LotusEspritS2/LotusEspritS2.htm

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Grazie Giorgio molto gentile, ma ha la Esprit sua in Italia? 

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I feel for you. Don't know what I'd do without mine!

 

Pete

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Why did you sell it?

 

I don't really know why, I remember I had finished it and was enjoying driving it. Then all of a sudden I get a new job and circumstances changed rapidly I and thought it would be best to just have one car, so I put it up for sale to test the water but got loads of interest in it and it sold quicker than expected. But as it has turned out I could have kept hold of it, I'm so impulsive it's untrue! Anyway, it's gone and too a really good home but if it ever does come up for sale again...

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Probably worth dropping a letter now and again? OR finding a new project?

 

I have been intouch with him, like I said he is in the middle of a full resto, I can't wait to see what he has done.

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I nearly sold my Turbo once, when times were tight and the money prompted.....but she just needed a little bit of attention to the paintwork.....5 years later, the respray was finished and the money problem had disappeared and I still had her!! Selling would be like taking the thirty pieces of silver.....

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I have come very close to selling my S1 twice in the last 7 years but I'm glad I didn't. To find another white/tartan car would be almost impossible now (without a big pot of money). I paid £2,000 for it as a complete restoration project and although I've never actually driven it I could just stand and look at it all day long. To me it is art (or automotive porn) and that's a good enough reason to keep it.

 

I do plan on finishing it this year though. Famous last words as life keeps getting in the way.

 

Paul.

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I have come very close to selling my S1 twice in the last 7 years but I'm glad I didn't. To find another white/tartan car would be almost impossible now (without a big pot of money). I paid £2,000 for it as a complete restoration project and although I've never actually driven it I could just stand and look at it all day long. To me it is art (or automotive porn) and that's a good enough reason to keep it.

 

I do plan on finishing it this year though. Famous last words as life keeps getting in the way.

 

Paul.

Paul

When we first talked about your restoration, didn't you tell me you were sure you would have it done in a year?????

Hate to say I told you so but................... :sofa:

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Paul

When we first talked about your restoration, didn't you tell me you were sure you would have it done in a year?????

Hate to say I told you so but................... :sofa:

Possibly, I can't remember. I probably said it would only cost £2.50 too!

 

In fairness I've hardly touched it at all for the last 2 years though as I've been working on my daughter's Mini.

 

I don't really know how much I've spent on it to date but it must be close to £5,000 and it needs about another £4,000 to finish it. I should have the Mini out the way within a month so I'm planning on getting the Esprit done by the end of the year. I mean, what can possibly go wrong? Hahahaha

 

Cheers, Paul.

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Yes Charlie, my car is in Italy and I'm doing a nut&bolts restoration, I started to restore it 7 years ago....

For me is not a car just to drive, it's an object of art and I would like to have it near perfection so I'm trying to do it!!

Giorgio

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Right place / right time... Charlie when I first saw photos of your completed resto I nearly PM'ed you to ask you if you wanted to sell....Not suprised your gutted - It looks fantastic. To me at the moment the S2/S2.2 is the ultimate Esprit as a period piece of automotive design. Any owners fancy an S3 Turbo HC?  :smoke:

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Thanks for the replies guys, really appreciated your thoughts. Too late to get it back now and would be a headache if I bought it back as it is now in Germany. Never mind, I'll just hang around in the background and if an S2 appears on the market for the right money...

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Thanks for the replies guys, really appreciated your thoughts. Too late to get it back now and would be a headache if I bought it back as it is now in Germany. Never mind, I'll just hang around in the background and if an S2 appears on the market for the right money...

I bought a couple of S2s a few years ago. I paid £1,000 for one and £800 for the other. I'm guessing those days are gone now?

 

Paul.

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Thanks for the replies guys, really appreciated your thoughts. Too late to get it back now and would be a headache if I bought it back as it is now in Germany. Never mind, I'll just hang around in the background and if an S2 appears on the market for the right money...

You never know... Sold mine 6 years ago when I moved to New Zealand and regretted it. Bought it back late last year and shipped it to the other side of the world. Obviously very happy to get her back, and a keeper for life. Might even get to drive it again sometime, but that's another story...

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