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Well today has been a significant day in my life of involvement with Lotus cars as a long time hobby. As many of you know, over the years I have found a fair few car's in odd locations across the

So. The 2nd major hands on restoration is ongoing for LotusRescue. And this one is for a very important client, so important that I have to make extra sure it is all one 101%. So far, interior complet

Well another step for LousRescue. Sold the little Ford Fusion runabout and managed to bag a half decent TD 5 Phase 2 Discovery for sensible money. New gearbox and transfer box, new clutch and fly

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Great to hear you've found a new challenge John!

I wish you all the best and will keep a close eye on any cars you put up for sale. Still craving for an Elite/Eclat or early Excel...

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Filip

I have made many mistakes in my life. Buying a multiple Lotus is not one of them.

 

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Hi Filip, thanks for that. I have a couple of Elites and a few Eclats lined up, two I already know, the others I have to go and view if I can get some interest in them.

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Well just completed a 54 hour run and 1500 miles. Delivered the 130 to her new owner and collected the S3 Turbo. So that's my own stuff all done.

Now to concentrate on LotusRescue cars and the first two which may well be on offer and are pure crackers, and I have viewed them both.

 

1/ Esprit dry sump in original Essex Blue paint with a magnolia interior, according the Lotus archives, this is the only one done in the color combination. Mechanically the car is perfect with a perfect chassis and full service history from day one. Having only had the one owner through her life. She needs a complete paint job as this has suffered from the usual minor paint chips and scuff's and the laquer is lifting, it sure doesnt look that nice. The interior also needs a refresh with the seats probably recovering, but a nice car none the less and should be at a price where once the restoration is done will still leave a healthy residual value.I have painted a pretty poor picture, but it's not that bad.

2/ An absolutely stunning and all original Lotus 7 S4. This car has been in long term storage, has only covered 11,000 genuine miles. The chassis was removed cleaned and powder coated. The engine looks like it just came out of the crate and is the original Kent engine. and obviously is basically new. She is painted in her original bright Red and looks the picture. She has the close ratio box with the original remote gear change.

Lotus 7 s4 1970 11000 miles from new been off road for approx 30 years 1600 crossflow with on sidedraught Weber. Chassis and all running gear restored and powder coated. Original front screen surround original hood and side screens

These cars both come from an impeccable source and one of which I was given a very rare chance to see through the collection. I can honestly say I was gobsmaked.

Both above cars hopefully will be listed shortly complete with photographs and will be able for viewing by appointment as they are part of a private collection and duplicates, hence the reason they are being sold off.

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Lotus' often seem to crop up in unexpected places!

if any plus 2 elans come up, even in a dire state, I would be interested. I have a large supply of parts I've collected plus most of a car but can't create a whole one with what I've got. Basically if it has ID, preferably with an engine and box I'll strongly consider. 

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Good for you John, sounds like an enjoyable venture for yourself and secret partner.

One of the bug bares may be funding up front costs, suitable storage and overheads.

Maybe you'll be able to move some vehicles on to new owners direct from their current resting places or utilise members spare storage space. This will leave you more time and space to do your renovation projects.

Look forward to reading your future posts.

 

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Sounds fantastic John,  I am sure the dry sump will go quickly no matter how bad a shape it is in.

Glad things are moving forward with Lotus Rescue especially given the short amount of time it has been going,  absolutely chuffed for you mate.  :)

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Maybe John can bag those 2 elites that had found a resting place in that old pub car park, it was on the forums a while ago, one was black but can't for the life of me remember the colour of the other one !  

I think you are of the same thinking as me Tar, already envoled in an esprit project, love the elite but worried prices will rise to high for projects by the time you get round to it , :)

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You would be absolutely correct Dan. I would love an Elite that is or very nearly is roadworthy as I can't have 2 projects on the go at once. The Esprit is taking forever so I really couldn't have another car of the road for ages. 

I've always loved the look of the Elite and know I have to have one once in my life.

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2 hours ago, silverfrost said:

Maybe John can bag those 2 elites that had found a resting place in that old pub car park, it was on the forums a while ago, one was black but can't for the life of me remember the colour of the other one !  

These two ?

Go up the thread a bit

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Hi Stephen, Yes in fact this is the same car. The current owner purchased her with the intention's of doing a full restoration, he was then offered a second car which is in pristine condition ( I have seen his collection, and believe me when he says pristine, it means pristine ) and sub sequentially bought it so now this one is back up for sale.

Lotus Esprit Turbo 1981 Dry Sump.   One owner/driver from new!   Matching numbers having its rare original and very desirable dry-sump engine bearing it’s original number:  CC910 8105 18434. The engine has been rebuilt about 11,000 miles ago in 1995 by Main Lotus agents Lyte & Wakefield in Enfield, Middlesex.  The last MOT on the car expired in September 2006 and the car has not run since.  The selling dealer was Bell & Colvill Ltd. in West Horsley in Surrey and the Esprit still bears it original number plates.  There is a massive history file with the vehicle, showing there was another engine rebuild in 1988 at 117k miles.  The masses of invoices go back to 1981, some 35 years ago including the original Purchase Invoice.    A superb project, as the car is still in it’s original Essex Blue metallic colours with the red decals and contrasting full champagne leather interior.  The factory archives confirm that this is the only Essex Blue car produced in 1981 with the full champagne leather option.  A rare opportunity to buy a rare dry-sump Esprit Turbo from the very early days of this model and the most desirable colour.  Driven from new by the last owner and now ripe for restoration.  Comes with Certificate of Provenance and supporting letter from the Lotus Archives and V5 Registration Document.  

The mileage and history of this one owner car goes to show how highly regarded she was by her original owner. I understand there are in fact two names on the registration documents as it was first registered to the original owners company, being his company car, he then purchased it off the company and had the title changed to his home address. So two registered keeper's, but one owner. What it does not say in the original add is that she requires a full respray due to several stone chips on the front and other blemishes due to storage and lacquer peeling in places. The drivers seat requires attention on the bolster area, and the rest needs a good clean and maybe re coloring. There is a crack on the windscreen which will need to be replaced. As for the provenance of the car, it is what it say's on the original add and at the price she is going to be offered at will be a very sound investment with a fair bit of equity left in her once brought back a good standard.

Now, who want's it.

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Previously listed by UK sports car's and purchased by a Lotus collector who then found a second dry sump which required no work, so this one is once again back for sale. I have copied the original add from Ebay photographs from the previous listing which gives a fair description but does not mention that it requires a windscreen.

Priced to sell to an enthusiast to bring her back to original beauty of a very rare, One owner, Essex Dry sump Esprit with a fantastic collection of receipts and history.

I have a price of about 5k for a quality respray, and I would guess you could restore the interior for under 3 k which would add to a very well priced rare car.

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5 hours ago, johnpwalsh said:

Essex Dry sump Esprit

I think this should say Essex blue dry sump Esprit. Just so as not to confuse anyone.

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Hi tim, you are exactly right, just going to edit now. It's a strange one going by the history it was ordered as an S3 but with Essex spec, on the order sheet it stipulates," do not fit roof radio or side stripes, decal's due to additional cost" at customers request, but then a dry sump engine was requested so that it would be the same as the Essex. Strange, but then it's a Lotus.

To save confusion. The S3 is as it says an Lotus Esprit S3 DRY Sump in Essex Blue.

The build sheet from Lotus quotes.

Do not fit roof radio or Decals in Red due to additional cost as per customer requirements. But it also specified the Dry Sump engine. The serial No's for the engine state build date and confirms it's a dry sump and concurs with the factory information, all the numbers tie in including transaxle etc.

 I am no Essex specialist but I have been informed that it also has the correct Essex wheels. The interior was also specified as a one off and makes this car 1 off 1. There was a second car specked in the same year but it had cloth inserts in the seats, whereby this one is all in Champagne Leather with matching cloth roof lining.

I hope that saves any confusion.

 

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Think will definatly end up been a Essex replica for someone and a great starting place to in project wise for the lucky new owner , right wheels,right colour, right engine,  some new red leather,paint and stickers and your away  :)

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It's a bloody good starting point for sure. and for a fair bit less than one with Silver decals and red leather. That's not to say the originals are anything less than stunning though.

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I really wish you all the success! I was seriously contemplating an end to my life long quest for the newest and meanest vehicle after the GTE and deciding on a venture most would say is more appropriate to my age.

Had LotusRescue been around 4 weeks earlier I might have taken the wise decision and go for the dream car of my youth (Esprit,what else). Instead I went for newest and meanest Exige Ex460.

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I will never complain of someone buying an Exige Ex460. I mean, whats to complain about. And of course there is always the fact that due to age and senility you may still have to get an older more dream inspiring car and come back to me to fulfill your dream. In the meantime, enjoy the Exige, and if you get bored with it you can always donate it to me. I wont reject it as being to young and free of charge.

 

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