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I subscribed years ago for a year and it just keeps renewing, I take it work now as colleagues like to reminisce over cars they used to own and what they would love if their wives let them! ?

I like the 'Rust in Peace' section the most, my wife likes the Mk2 Jag being a Morse fan.

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I personally think prices will drop a lot more as we Brexit. It doesn't matter unless you have to sell. I have restored two car s now with labour and parts you are looking north of £50k, and that's if

After 16 years of ownership and 10 months on the market, I received the official word today that my '94 S4 has sold and is now with its new owner. Sold for: AUD$74,000 I bought the car in th

I have the same experience.....26 years of ownership and 52.000 km on the odo......with my '90 Esprit Turbo SE I have all the invoices since purchase in 1993; total cost of maintenance during all

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Yes rust in piece is a good section, youtube also has some outstanding massive American car graveyards, nothing brings a tear more to a mans eye than a jaguar xk120 with a broken back rusting away in a field with a tree growing through the middle :cry:

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On 20/12/2016 at 08:33, ian29gte said:

"I find the rear spoiler helps in every respect "

Ideal place to put mugs of tea during gearbox jobs.

Us lowly 4 potters don't know what gearbox jobs are.  Our UN1-16's are generally quite good :)

 

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37 minutes ago, jollyroger said:

Excellent! By the way, where did you find the Lotus protective sheets?

They are excellent, non slip protective rubber backing.

South West Lotus centre, Lifton, Devon, UK  look them up on line, they will post worldwide.

Steve

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56 minutes ago, Steve V8 said:

They are excellent, non slip protective rubber backing.

South West Lotus centre, Lifton, Devon, UK  look them up on line, they will post worldwide.

Steve

Thank you very much!

Francesco

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7 hours ago, LOTUSMAN33 said:

It seems the Practical Classics price guide has its own take on Lotus prices, I think their researcher needs to read the classifieds over the past year.....

E.g. Esprit S1 in concours condition £15k ?

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Some prices are a little closer to the mark so it will be interesting to compare to last years, I will dig it out being a subscriber.

Dave :) 

 

They have it backwards for a start S2 76-78 and S1/S2.2 78-81. Clearly its a typo, that would make S1's £30K in concourse, which is closer to the mark.

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Nah - cheap as chips S1's are.

if I refer to my priceguide attached from May 1996 with Jon Roberts orange car on the front cover ...... you will seeIMG_0913.JPG

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Think from what people have been saying on the forums it has already happened, as people like the subtle

styling of the S1 Evora already, and personally as a non evora owner I would prefer an S1 not only due to the purchase price at the moment but I prefer the s1 looks. 

With me it would be the S1 or the go the whole hog with an evora like aerobats :)

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I'm obviously biased but agree with @silverfrost re the S1.  I think lotus got the styling just right with this car and I hope, nay, I am sure, it will be a future classic.  

@purso, I personally think the "Essex" Evora will always be the GTE. That car just has so much road presence, stunning good looks and with the very limited numbers is sure to be the pick of the range in the future.

The Evora Sport 410 will be like the Esprit Sport 300/350's.

The 400 is the Stephen's car to the S1's G-car Esprit.

I could of course be talking complete and utter tosh and rollocks as who knows what will really happen. I do think though that the build quality, design, driving dynamics and reliability (don't start laughing now you heathens!) of the S1 is becoming quite well known and solidifying as being a great ownership and driving experience.

I'd like to think the S1 will be like the NSX - for those that know anything about cars they have always known that this car was a whole lot more than just the numbers (which let's be honest were/are not that spectacular for the NSX). And look at how finally the NSX prices are rising.

 

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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I was once, a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, privileged to see a jedi pilot in an Esprit 350 sport. The vision and noise of that car has been burned into my soul ever since, it was quite simply out of this world. I'd like to think that today's youngsters would get the same feeling if they had the opportunity to experience an Evora GTE roaring past them today.

There is definitely something about a hand crafted Lotus in full flight that stirs the soul. I only wish I had had the resources earlier in life to enjoy them to the full. 

 

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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Very strange advert.

Last taxed 1992 - So Owned since 1990, rebuilt 1990-91. Driven for a year, then taken off road. In demand as a James Bond car, but last show 13 years ago.

There is an Excel in the 2nd picture - B361 WEV - last taxed 1999 :(

 

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5 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

Non original interior is a real detraction as is the engine bay uplift ! £100k because it is "James Bond" white :lol:

Caught between a rock and a hard place in a catch 22 situation, So its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Your damned if you do, but your damned if you don't so shut your cock!!!!!!!!!!!

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It will be interesting to see where prices go from here. My best guess is that there there will be a levelling off but a steady rise is more likely than a fall from current prices. 

I still think Esprits are great value if you can find a good one. There is talk of some cars already levelling off and many think the Testarossa and 308 which have shown stellar price rises in the past two years have already started to fall back slightly from their peak last summer. Some other cars continue to take great strides, the Mitsubishi Evo TME has finally caught up with Escort Cosworth and Lancia Integrale prices. A couple of dealers are chancing their arm at £49k. Top dollar last year was £30k, £20k in 2015. Integrale prices should in theory push up thanks to the exchange rate plus strong demand in Europe but in my experience everything went up £5k last summer but cars are slow to sell over £50k unless they are really special examples. I'm only mentioning two cars I'm watching because I own them. But a nice S4S is looking stunning value at £35k when an Escort Cosworth is £55k. I know which one I'd rather own, and drive.

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