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With deep regret I have to announce my beloved Turbo SE is no more.

A fire completely destroyed my workshop 2 weeks ago, and all the cars, parts and equipment in it. I was lucky to get out alive myself. The Esprit, Stag and 2 Range Rovers, all rebuilt or modified by myself and my friends, were damaged far beyond any hope of repair. :( 

 

The Esprit was a boyhood dream that became real for me, it actually lived up to all my expectations. I really enjoyed owning and especially dricing it, and even working on it.

I am looking at replacement, but so far Esprits seem either to expensive for my taste or just too far off of what I had. I'd really like another SE and would probably do most of the modifiucation again. Maybe sometime in the future. The 3 years owning it (and 1,5 years driving it) and being on this forum have only added the attraction Lotus has always had. I'm consdering an Excel to fill the gap, so I'll probably pop over in that section sooner or later.

 

Filip

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What a bummer!! Glad to hear you're ok though.

Good luck, and i hope the insurance helps out with future purchases

dave

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Arhhh guttered for you! Glad you got out safe but money cant replace what Im sure you lost blood swat and tears over.

 

Hope the insurance works out with no nasty surprises.

 

Best of luck.

 

Buddsy

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blimey......

glad youre ok........

what is it with fires recently?...

my mate has a lotus collection but had a fire....

he managed to get 4 of the 5 out but the mk1 lotus Cortina bought it.....

 

Filip

have you thought about the M100 elan.........very grinish

and quite practical too........and still at reasonable money

just a thought

cheers

G

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Filip,

 

Dit is echt balen, vooral ook omdat je zelf aan je wagens sleutelt en daar gaat veel liefde en tijd in.

Sorry to hear man. Sterkte

 

Geert

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Hell's teeth!! Words can't convey this stuff. All the work and thought and effort....at least you are OK. The same thing very nearly happened to me about 20 years ago, but I just got away with it. Hope the insurance pays out for some more nice toys.

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:no

 

Very sad to hear. Pleased you're still alive though! :)

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:shock:

 

I moaned about having to fireproof my new garage for the building regs. Might not be such a bad idea now.

 

Any idea how it started?

 

Real shame to lose another Turbo SE. I had one, it was my first Lotus and I've had a soft spot for them ever since.

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As above ....Sorry to hear that .....Mike

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Sorry to hear about this, important thing is you're ok and  live to fight another day.

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Really sorry to hear about your problems. I can imagine how I would feel if it was me.....just gutted.

Hope it all works out in the end at least you didn't get hurt.

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Thanks to all for the kind words and encouragement.

I've been out to see a possible replacement today, but I found the Esprit left me with very high standards. So the search goes on.

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Really sorry to hear this Filip. Hope you can get everything sorted out. Stoked that you are ok. :)

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At least you yourself are okay and well. Sorry for your loss. I hope you will find a new "right" car.

 

Bet wishes,

Jacques.

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A '90 Excel SE. Very nice car, in good shape both body and mechanicals, but I couldn't quite connect to it and was disappointed by the interior space and driving position. Which is a shame, because I could really see me in something special like an Excel (never seen one on the road, unlike Esprits). 

 

I know an M100 Elan would be a good, rational choice, a great car for reasonable money. But not my cup of tea,

 

No offense meant to either car, I guess I'm just being difficult.

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That's the trouble when comparing ....... Never do it with the wife/girlfriend !!!!

Grab a nice esprit - you know you want to!!!

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Sad news but your safe cars can be replaced now Evora time .

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Exactly 1 month after, I got myself another Lotus. :-)

I looked at several options, and then chose to stick to what I know: an Esprit Turbo SE. We drove her home from UK yesterday, now I need to change the lights to LHD spec and get the paperwork sorted, should take about 2 weeks. Already thinking of having the upper halve wrapped in black, like on my previous one, and making some other modifications I know are worthwhile.

I'll post pics when I get some.

 

Filip

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