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Great thread .  The thought of all these machines in one place makes me smile.  Only if we could keep them all.  here's my list....(From 1997)

S1Elise

s1 Elise 160 Sport 

911 993 Carrera 4s

Aston v8 vantage

500SL Roadster

Aston v8 vantage roadster

Evora S

Evora 400 

+Disco for family stuff

Porsche fuel relay failed on the motorway so never bonded with it (but got more than I paid for it). Astons - elegant and super reliable. Regular trips to Le Mans. But the Lotus buzz is incomparable.  Long live Hethel. 

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VW Golf GTI Mk 1

Peugeot 205 GTI

Peugeot 306 S16

Lotus Elan M100

Lotus Elise SC (bought while I had a deposit down on Launch Edition Evora #12 and was handed an Elise SC to drive round Hethel on a deposit holders' tour of Hethel - I cancelled the Evora order!)

Lotus Evora S

I genuinely haven't seeen anything that I'd like as a replacement for the Evora but have enjoyed test driving various Porsches, Astons, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis etc.  Think the new Evora Roadster could tempt me.

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Fiat Uno (1.1)

Alfa Sprint (1.5)

Lots of Ford company cars, best one was a Ford Focus 2.0 ESP 

Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo (2.0 5cyl)

Honda Civic Type R (2.0)

Honda S2000 (2.0)

Porsche 911 964 Carrera 4 (3.6)

Nissan 350z (3.5) 

Alfa GTV (2.0)

Abarth 500 (1.4) 

Evora (3.5) 

M3 (4.0)

Very happy with the M3, tbh it's a keeper but the Evora 410 has my attention, it's the car I always felt Lotus should make. It's everything I could ever need or want and no doubt completely sorted. 

 

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Interesting mix of cars here, I was originally looking only for one either side but full histories make interesting reads too.

I did expect a lot of people would be Lotus fans. Interesting though what people do - for example AuRouge, the M3 is pretty different to the Evora. Very lardy car, although the Evora isn't as light as you'd think!

The E46 and E92 both had sensational engines, that 4.0L V8 is something else... :D

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Such exotic cars, I took the chav route. In my defense I also had motorbikes and a small plane.

From 1991 onwards:

78 Mini 1000 ( Fell apart after hitting a wall)

81 Mini 1000( Fell apart after hitting kerb)

Peugoet 205 1.0

Fiat Punto 1.4 ( Hit a van)

Saxo VTR ( coming together with a kerb again)

Saxo VTS ( Rolled down a hill due to lift off oversteer)

Saxo VTS

Honda Civic Type R EP3 ( Free driver training, learn about lift off oversteer)

VW Polo 1.4

S2 Elise 111S ( Kept 4 years. Hit a wall, kerb and several trips into gravel. More training required:cry:)

Fiesta Zetec S

Fiesta Metal

Fiesta ST2

Evora S

Panda 100HP

Fiesta ST3

Fiesta Zetec S ( Current run around)

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have bought a SLK 200 (lighter than the Evora, no airco, no heated seats no auto... ;-) in 1999.....still have it, Evora S added in 2012......extremely happy with both!

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Alan that Evora must have been a serious step up after your previous items!

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43 minutes ago, JayEmm said:

Alan that Evora must have been a serious step up after your previous items!

Actually because the Evora is so composed and capable its not been too bad. The car can go faster than I can drive  and with the computers off I have not found any limit on track without trying to loose it. The biggest difference is the amazing ride even on the worst of roads.

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1991 Daihatsu Feroza 1.6i Resin-top EL-II ("girls magnet")

1997 Honda Civic 1.4iS ("the little red Hond...errari")

2004 Audi A4 Avant 2.5 V6 TDI quattro ("the silver cruiser")

2009 Alfa Romeo 159 JTDm ("the policecar")

2011 Evora N/A ("the beast") *SIGH*

2012 Audi A1 1.2 TFSI (everyday city drive)

2016 Evora 400 ("the red beast")

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Ford Fiesta mk1 

vauxhall Calibra 

Nissan 300zx twin turbo

Peugeot 307 lol got stolen

honda civic 2.0

Nissan Juke

Mercedes clk  320 and 230

audi a6 

nissan 350z x 2

mazda mx5 mk1 (track car)

current cars

nissan 350z (track)

evora n/a (weekend toy)

mecedes c class 250 (family)

love all three current care as they serve a purpose, nearly bought an nsx when I bought the 300zx ?

 

 

 

 

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I thought I had better update my list;

1928 Austin 7

1937 Austin 7

1952 MG Y Saloon

1964 Morris Cooper S 1071cc

1964 Jaguar E Type Roadster 3.8

1977 Jaguar XJS V12

2008 Lotus Elise

2011 Lotus Evora IPS (love it)

plus many other daily drivers.

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On 3 March 2016 at 23:24, JayEmm said:

AuRouge, the M3 is pretty different to the Evora. Very lardy car, although the Evora isn't as light as you'd think!

The E46 and E92 both had sensational engines, that 4.0L V8 is something else... :D

Nail on the head, I bought it for the V8 and transmission! The engine is glorious all the way up to 8500rpm. The Getrag 7 speed double clutch is magnificent. If only Lotus could include that in its £80k I'd buy a 410 tomorrow!

1600kg is a bit porky but with the 420bhp, EDC and a set of M Pilot Sport Cup 2's on its significanty faster than my old NA. I wanted a V8 and a car that would could keep up with my friends on trackdays. 

I do miss the Evora, I'll defo buy a one or two year old 410 ?

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Yeah one day we will get a Lotus with a properly exotic power plant.

That being said, I am still weighing up Evora 400 alternatives and things like the old V10 R8 are on the table. Much better appointed but a big car compared to the Evora and the weight does a fair bit to blunt the power.

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Triumph Spitfire 4

Volvo 244 GLE

Ford Granada

Ford Escort Mk1

Ford Cortina GT Mk!

Ford Cortina DL Mk1

Triumph Spitfire 1500

Ford Capri III

Ford Sierra Ghia

Ford Scorpio V6

Saab 9-5 SE

Saab 9-5 Aero

Triumph Spitfire IV

Saab 9-5 Aero

Saab 9-3 Aero

Volvo S60 T5

VW Golf GTI

VW Passat

Ford Cougar V6

Opel Speedster

Ford Mondeo Mk2

Ford Mondeo Mk3

Triumph Spitfire IV

Mercedes-Benz GLK

Triumph Spitfire 1500

Lotus Evora S (current)

Lotus Esprit S3 (current)

Mazda 6 (current)

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Before the Evora I had a 2008 Elise S I picked up in 2012 (I started looking for a small hatchback for the missus and got distracted). Then in 2015 a baby turned up and my fun car needed a touch of practicality as there's no time any more to just got for a drive without a legit reason tacked on, so I traded the Elise in for Kalli's Evora in December 2015.

 

Next? Even with the mythical lottery win I struggle to think what I would replace it with. I saw a Mclaren 650S the other day (in just a slightly deeper shade of red than mine) which was lovely, but unless I was regularly going to be on track at the likes of Spa and Silverstone then it would be wasted for me and I'd rather have something I can push a bit on the road without it getting silly. So periodic re-trims and one of Jim's manifolds are probably in my future...

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4 minutes ago, Chris J said:

Next? Even with the mythical lottery win I struggle to think what I would replace it with. I saw a Mclaren 650S the other day (in just a slightly deeper shade of red than mine) which was lovely, but unless I was regularly going to be on track at the likes of Spa and Silverstone then it would be wasted for me and I'd rather have something I can push a bit on the road without it getting silly. So periodic re-trims and one of Jim's manifolds are probably in my future...

I know exactly what you mean - I had the opportunity to buy a Ferrari 360 when they were cheap, and missed it.

Looking at them now, I think the Evora is a much nicer looking car, in and out.

 

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Chris, I can't agree more. My other half said to me recently, if you won the lotto what would you buy? My reaction was nothing current, I already have the perfect car for my requirements, anything past it would be nothing more than posing. That said, I did then reel off a massive list of classic V8's we genuinely couldn't live without.........

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On my local bumpy twisty country roads the Elise was an absolute hoot to drive, just skittering and bouncing a little, letting you know it's alive and talking. I can feel the Evora is massively more composed and sure-footed even 10 miles an hour faster up at my own self-imposed sensible speed limit so I really can't see that I would get anything more out of something a step up again on the road. So in the event of a lottery win and being able to indulge a 3 car garage, it would probably be another Elise for the very rare occasion I can just go for a drive and keep the Evora (though if Lotus were to figure out how to put the Lexus V8 in the back of the Evora...)

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1989 F Reg Vauxhall Belmont (student car to get me around in the uni days)

1992 CRX Del Sol (Transtop roof)

2005 Smart Roadster (Still have this one, good fun on every drive)

2008 Ford Mustang GT (4.6 V8 as was working in Middle East)

2010 BMW Z4 (decided I needed a convertible for the winter and the metal roof was sensible for summer - still in middle east so 50 degrees and was not keen on a fabric roof insulating the AC)

2011 Infiniti FX - A diesel sensible car for winter use back home in scotchland.  (Still have this one, will probably downsize this with a QX30 in 2017)

In 2012 bought a Kit Car AC Cobra,  has taught me much about running carburettor engine cars and driving without any technology.  Will sell this and add my saved funds for a Evora IPS.

Growing up my father had a Lotus Eclat,  we were squished in the back - so if I ever have kids I want to ensure they experience the claustrophobia of a +2 Lotus too.   Teach respect, remove space and ease of access; as colin chapman probably would have said.

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23 hours ago, JayEmm said:

Yeah one day we will get a Lotus with a properly exotic power plant.

That being said, I am still weighing up Evora 400 alternatives and things like the old V10 R8 are on the table. Much better appointed but a big car compared to the Evora and the weight does a fair bit to blunt the power.

F360 was a good and fair buy at £40-45k.

Ignore them now. Stupidly overly inflated Bolloc£'s being artificially inflated by people who really aren't helping anyone! That dealer in Leeds is selling cars at silly money... No thanks. I've driven them, fun but not worth what they are going for.  Good luck to the new owners.

Evora 400 is now sorted. 400bhp means it's serious, easier access. What's not to like? Far cooler than an R8 or 911. I like the German cars a lot but they're just not cool. I don't like the image of my current car, it's bloody good and I enjoy driving it but I miss owning the Lotus, it's so much more than just a car;) Do it, you'll love it?

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Yeah I agree, the 360 @ £40K was a decent amount of car for the money.... but now it's £60k for a left hand drive one with an F1 box... no thanks!

I'm going to try an R8 V10 tomorrow, just to see - it's a full blooded supercar that can be had for Evora 400 money. Probably an unfair test, but I think the Evora 400 would be much better than the V8 R8, so I just have to work out how to put a decent sound system in a 400 :)

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In order:

Triumph Acclaim (thanks mum!)

Lancia Delta

Cavalier SRI

Rover 216 Vitesse

Rover 416 GTI

Mondeo 2.0

Scenic 2.0

Lotus Excel

Saab 93 

Merc C Class Estate (current Fleet)

Evora (current Fleet)

...... and a Mini F56 JCW for the laideeee (current Fleet)

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OK...Lotus wise...Series 2 lotus 7 ( 1500 Climax )

                            Elan SE DHC

                            Elan Sprint  DHC

                            Europa TC

                           Europa TC Big Valve

                           Sunbeam Lotus ( Skip Brown modified....The kids came along! )

                           S1 Elise Honda Sc/Cc..... Owned the car for 12 years.

                           Evora S Sr

I've enjoyed every one!

 

 

 

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