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It may of been the fact that the assembly ramps and track line needed to be made wider maybe ?  A question for Mr Kimbers senior i think, would be nice to know,  or maybe the new V8 alloy wheels or tyres had not made it to the factory yet :)


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Hmmm I wonder which car that is, if it is still around and if so where. Interesting. I might do some research on the Esprit Registry...

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Hey guys,

 

I wonder if anyone knows the details of the rear deck with the 'handhold'?

 

The picture is of an S3 but I have seen other pictures without that recess. Was it just an aberration (like the 2-slot bonnet) or was it on a specific trim?

 

I've never seen one of those in the USA.

 

 

Lotus Esprit S3 1986 rear.jpg

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Succasunna, NJ USA

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Hi Atwell 

It has been discussed on here before,  it seems some of the early S3 cars did not have the cut out,  it may of been  that the left over bodyshells from the S2 production would of been used on the s3 builds ?  

 

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Thanks, but I haven't seen the handhold on any USA S2s either.

 

That is why it piqued my interest (having just returned from the Lotus Owners Gathering in the USA).


Atwell Haines

'88 Esprit

Succasunna, NJ USA

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No Atwell, you will not see them on any S1 or S2 cars, it was  introduced on the S3 model,  but not at the start of the production run,  :thumbup:


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I've seen the 2 slot bonnet on random serial # cars, here in the USA. Some as old as '85, up to '87s.

 

Another thing, North American G turbo cars had their tail-lights flush with the rear fascia. But of course, they all had the higher rear spoiler/transom.

 

 

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There is no change point listed in the parts list for the 6 slot to 2 slot.

So it seems to have been a gradual change. maybe they made a new mold with the 2 slots but carried on using the 6 slot in parallel if enough need.

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Here's a pretty GT3 at Malcolm Ricketts on Saturday in proximity to the "dancin' donkey" impostor that turned up (and turned heads!)

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Brothers in Arms at Malcolm Ricketts. I counted three Stephens (V8 + 2 GT3s) and two G Esprits (Turbo and S3) in attendance. 

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But remember one thing: don't lose your head to a woman that'll spend your bread: Lotus Turbo Esprit (89-11); Lotus Esprit GT3 (12-14): Lotus Evora S (14-17); Lotus Esprit V8 SE "UK Last 15" (18-...)

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On 18/08/2018 at 12:12, swindon_alan said:

Hmmm I wonder which car that is, if it is still around and if so where. Interesting. I might do some research on the Esprit Registry...

Nope. The earliest V8 car on the registry is still 032.

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Presumably there were 31 V8s before then. I wonder if the one in the photo is 000?

11 minutes ago, Jack Stone said:

Anyone know the whereabouts of this Sport 300? I took this pic at Kett Hall in Feb 1994 (Reg is L822 PCL). 1994 Team Lotus drivers Johnny Herbert and Pedro Lamy trying out the bonnet...

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It might well be this one in the Registry, what with being a Motorshow car?

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I don't know if @Loteuk still visits. If so, it might still have the same reg. no?


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25 minutes ago, swindon_alan said:

I don't know if @Loteuk still visits. If so, it might still have the same reg. no?

From memory I think Tony sold his Sport 300 a couple of years or so back, I believe to someone in Ireland.....but that needs better citation as they say in Wiki.  

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Is that not number 8? @Final Edition?


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13 hours ago, Final Edition said:

Hi @Bibs , the VIN number corresponds to the number of the Sport 300 that was made. 8064 is therefore Sport 300 number 64. According to DVLA records it no longer exists. Maybe it's in Lotus heaven, had a plate change, exported etc, etc.....

 

Yep....No 64 was Tony's (the last one made I believe) - so probably exported to Ireland as I thought.

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21 minutes ago, MPx said:

Yep....No 64 was Tony's (the last one made I believe) - so probably exported to Ireland as I thought.

Hi Mike, what did I miss?

Yes my 300 was No 64  and went to Southern Ireland - all live and well with a real Lotus enthusiast.

It was registered in 1996 so not the car in the pic.

TC

 

 


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Here's another shot of the Sport 300 at Kett Hall , this time without the Team Lotus driver appendages...

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As a Turbo Esprit owner back in 94, I remember being blown away seeing this machine in the flesh

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But remember one thing: don't lose your head to a woman that'll spend your bread: Lotus Turbo Esprit (89-11); Lotus Esprit GT3 (12-14): Lotus Evora S (14-17); Lotus Esprit V8 SE "UK Last 15" (18-...)

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5 hours ago, silverfrost said:

small wheels and i bet it goes like stink !

For a moment I thought it was a toy car made to look full size! Must be those wheels! Ive never seen that car before.

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Same here Buddsy,   The only other one i have that was rallied was the yellow G V8 one, but that looked more gravel rally,,    This one with the small wheels and much higher suspension looks like it could do some serious gravel and off oading also !  

Would be nice to know if it runs on a standard chassis or tubular ?   Also i can well imagine they have put a bigger turbo on it also :)

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