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Hi

I've dreamed of owning an esprit all my life

Now getting older and want one.

My budgets not massive at about £7k ish maybe slightly more but I can do a deal quickly simply and easily

I've just cleared out my mk2 spitfire and vitesse 6 and want to have something taking up the space in the garage!!

I have no huge preference s2/3/4 - colour is not relevant to me

My number is 07975835372. Txt anytime - but no calls after 9pm please

Mot and on the road is preferred

Someone please make me a happy man ...........

Cheers

Barry

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Welcome to TLF Barry :)

 

Is that your total budget? If you're looking for a car nowadays at that sort of price sadly (for you) you'll be needing similar to get it up to speed. The age old mantra is that there's no such thing as a cheap Esprit means that if you buy a car for that sort of price it'll need a decent amount of work no doubt. That will be easier if you're handy with the spanners but if you're expecting to outsource the work you'll struggle to get a decent car for that kind of sum by the time you're done. 

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Hi bibs

Thanks - frustratingly enough I missed out on a 1994 fsh 2.2 turbo at 7.5k Monday - he offered it me - but I still had the vitesse 6

Doh

The vitesse 6 has gone but alas so has the esprit

My hunt will go on - there's always a deal to be had

There was a lovely s2 at brightwells last year in yellow which went for 6k ish - so I'm optimistic

If not - it'll be another classic triumph as a stop gap for the true dream

Cheers

Barry

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You'll see most Esprits for sale on here at some point, happy hunting! Just remember that the cheap ones will have a nice bill just around the corner! '94 cars (which will be an S4 I'd have thought) usually range from 12k upwards nowadays, some even being advertised closer to 20...

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Welcome Barry!

 

FWIW, I bought my S3 NA about 5 years ago for around £5.5k. I ended up restoring it due to an accident but having seen the internals, I am in no doubt that to have it still running now would have cost in excess of £2-£3k anyway.

 

I think your budget calculations need not only to include purchase but several critical component replacements, either by yourself or by appropriate specialists.

 

I would therefore add around 20% to the purchase costs to get you near driving-happy-reality. The yearly running costs will be model dependant but I have been impressed by how little mine costs me (I do most of my own work)

 

Good luck in finding one. I have not looked back even through the very hard times. 

 

First job though, is to get full forum membership!

 

Simon

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I'm not sure about the prices over in the UK. Bibs will definitely know so someone to listen to there. :)

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A more average condition s3 na or s2 would be within budget and give very reasonable running costs.

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I'm sure I can get something for my money - I have no doubt

Have had a couple of interesting offers today - thanks to those who have contacted me, so far they are slightly too much or in foreign countries!! I'm sure I can sort a deal somehow.....

I would consider anything - I do like the look of the Stevens esprits and simply have to have one

The maintenance issues people worry about - doesn't phase me - if it's got to come apart and be fixed I shall be rolling my sleeves up.......

Insurance for me has been quoted at £140 fully comp !!! How cheap is that

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Youve just missed a red SE on ebay that went for 8350 i think? Sold in 24 hours for a quick sale, thats the lowest price obe ive seen in years

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Yes - he offered it me monday for 7500!!!

I had just bought a vitesse 6 1964 - which I have now moved on.

A lotus is the next purchase!!

Cheers

Barry

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I would consider anything - I do like the look of the Stevens esprits and simply have to have one

 

The Stevens cars are still the best value. I think they are too new to be classic cars and too old to be new cars. That said as the styling of the 90s for me has passed its worst and I find myself looking at the Excels thinking "now thats looking really nice" Even those 90s wheels which used to put me off totally have a certain charm about them.

 

Good luck though you seem to know how to deal! :D

 

Buddsy

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Thanks buddsy

I am more keen on the Stevens esprits to be honest.

One will come up for sure - the hunt goes on.

Come on someone - you know that space in the garage needs clearing!!!!!!

Buy the wife a new dress and take her out for that valentines meal - in a car that'll make it there and back!!!'

http://scutt.eu/ad/1624741/

Anyone know anything about this one?..

Could possibly get a deal on her

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Personally I haven't seen an 1993 onwards S4 under 14K for quite a while with the exception of a £9.9K Salvage S4. The SE that precedes that are also advertised past the 12K mark.

 

X180 Stephens are advertised up to 14K currently and good S3 Turbo and NA go higher than this. 

 

I look at the advertised prices every day and there is little or nothing on the market below £11k currently

 

The Red Esprit would appear to be a once in a lifetime at that price in the current market.

 

I dont see where the next £8k Esprit is coming from presently, unless it needs a deal of work to be done it?


Thanks buddsy
I am more keen on the Stevens esprits to be honest.
One will come up for sure - the hunt goes on.

Come on someone - you know that space in the garage needs clearing!!!!!!

Buy the wife a new dress and take her out for that valentines meal - in a car that'll make it there and back!!!'
http://scutt.eu/ad/1624741/

Anyone know anything about this one?..
Could possibly get a deal on her

 

Hi Barry It is this one bud

 

http://www.gumtree.com/p/lotus/lotus-esprit-turbo-fh-only-59k-immaculate-car/1098396302

 

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Yeah that's the one - it's up in Manchester

Hoping for a slightly better deal

There's always cars available - and I'm happy to wait - some folks need the cash fast - and I can sure do that for them

Cheers

Barry

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Do not do it Barry .You know A se Turbo makes more sence.....Mike

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As much as White is not my preference - the colour combo with the interior trim looks lovely

I'm really not bothered with na / turbo / se etc ..... All would be somewhat better to drive than the 1960's spitfires/ heralds/ vitesse that I'm so fond of........

I'm sure your biased some what - but what do you reckon the best choice is and why.?

Cheers

Barry

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Drive them before you make your mind up. The SE has over 50% more power than the NA and a few more refinements.

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They are all great cars.On our roads today.It really does not matter.210 bhp Or 264 se turbo Both would feel plenty quick enough.Mike

The White one looks a nice car.Mike

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Bibs

Thanks for that - I will avoid the na - unless a great deal is offered

I'm more than certain I will be getting an x180 Stevens car now

Cheers

Barry

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That white Turbo looks in nice condition. The front looks low, my guess is the front springs are sagging and will need replacing. Also it doesn't come with full service history, so it's probably done more than the stated mileage.

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Mark

Thanks for that. - I'm thinking of going to have a good look at her next week.

My vitesse has just gone - so there's now a lot of empty space in my garage needs filling

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Thanks for that - I've spoke with him in the last hour or so about that very car I believe - red 91 turbo?

I'm hoping I can get a deal done somewhere so I can be blasting around in the spring!!

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