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I suppose it depends on whether you sell these cars as private or trade sales? As a private sale it's buyer beware and the onus is on the purchaser to do all their checks before buying. It's unfortunate if something unexpected goes wrong afterwards but that's the risk of paying less privately over paying more with a dealer for the reassurance of a warranty.

Sadly in my experience too, some private buyers don't realise that and expect problems to be compensated post the sale.  I had one guy threaten all sorts and even turn up at my house expecting a refund when his dual mass flywheel made the same noise it had during the test drive! In the end I refunded him £200 towards the repairs but only because it was someone else's money and the person I sold the car for was willing to do it.


Not worth starting anything now...🍺

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I bought the car in question........

The only time I've bought a car blind.......

I discussed in detail with John it's state....and always knew I was buying a rolling restoration......

I've never complained or asked for a refund......I have kept John up to date with events.......to which he kindly sent me a bit of cash........but I must say never asked or expected.....but hey I was never going to say no.....

I've had the car 2 months almost and still not turned a wheel in it.....again not a problem....altho I would have liked to have a drive in it......

It's cocked up the finances for the restoration as I'm into serious money for the engine and brakes.......the restoration is going to be a non rolling one now........there was too much work involved so the car is now off the road until I've done them all......

Thanks for all your help John

I think half my battle is that I've never had one before so it's a massive learning curve for me......I know elans old and new inside out......and the evora....but I'm new to the 501 Elite so it's all a big voyage into the unknown

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Hi Gareth, thanks for your kind response. Yep I can confirm you never asked or hinted at getting a refund, or anything else for that matter. I just felt duty bound to do something and will continue to help where possible. Hope you got the manual Wendy sent down to you, that's a huge bonus having that.  It still annoys me that the engine was running sweet as a nut after the carbs rebuild and tune up, probably one of the smoothest I had heard in a long time. As could be heard on the video clip.  You know how to get hold of me if you have any questions and I will get that panel sent down to you after the Christmas mail rush is over.  All the best for Christmas to you and the family.

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So. Update on the Lotus Ecup project. The donor car has been purchased. A rear ended Excel which will give all the required parts for the rebuild which will start once the White S1 has finaly left my workshop in a couple of weeks time. All being well. Plan 1 is to MOT the BRG Excel I have and get the number transferred to the project. C 10TUS which I think will suit her. The engine bay will be prepped and painted first in her new colour then fitted out. The make a start on the interior which will be painted the same as the engine bay. Couple of mods to do to do the exterior then have that painted in her finished colour. About a years work I recon.The engine bay and exterior are going to be done in two different colour's both of which are my favorite Lotus colours.

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So, two cars coming on the market shortly. Neither belong to LotusRescue, just helping the owner market them.

One is my old Excel Auto which has now been completely restored to as new condition and was on show last week at the NEC exhibition Birmingham, so this car now has had everything done. Engine, interior, brakes, suspension and paint, all to a very high level. The second is what I would class as a very simple rolling restoration. Again an Excel in Silver metallic and priced very sensibly. This car, although in very good looking condition and with known history, has not been started for 7 years and the current owner would prefer to leave as is so that the next owner will see exactly what he is getting. Nice and fresh to the market. PM me for prices and photographs of either cars and I can put you directly in touch with the owners. Check out the video at 3 mins 15 secs and youcan see the auto. The clip showing the Orange Esprit.

 

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I saw the auto at the Practical Classics Restoration show last weekend and it did look very nice although all the dash was out as were the seats.  Owner went through the work that had been done on it an it did look like a good buy.

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Looks like cars are moving or becoming available for the season.

I've been asked to market a rather rare Lotus Eclat Riviera by a friend of mine. Cars been in regular use since an engine rebuild. Sadly, after an accident. the current owner can no longer drive it. Any interest. Will be for sale at a sensible price to a fellow enthusiast.

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So the Riviera. Had chance to go view it today for the first time in a couple of years and I must say it is still looking good.Probably because its stored in a nice dry, damp free shed along with a host of other vehicles. I explained before why it is now up for sale, but here are the pics I have taken today.

On the rear nearside quarter there are two star cracks caused by something moving about in the boot, there is a little bit of damage to the front spoiler on the nearside where it caught a high kerb, on the scuttle panel below the windscreen on the right hand side a bit of paint has peeled off,  the paint is otherwise all original, there are minor stone chips on the front valance, the interior is spotless for her age with the original crash pad on the steering wheel to match the interior.

The original storage bag for the lift out roof section is still in the boot along with the tool kit etc. The car has had quick wash down to remove storage dust so that I could see the condition of the paint and other than what I have mentioned, it's pretty good and nothing that a good polish wouldn't cure. The engine is obviously in very good condition having been rebuilt just a few years ago by a local specialist race car builder.
The car is for sale at a fixed price of £7500 which will include the private registration plate which I checked on various web sites and is valued at £500.00.
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Good luck with the sale John,  Hope it goes and finds a new owner  soon,   a chance for someone on here to own a lotus  rare car  :)


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Hi Dan. It's a nice honest car with good history. I'm only helping the current owner get it advertised, hes well into his 70's and not so good on his feet now, hence the need to sell. I recon for what it is, he has priced it very fairly. Sell the private plate for 400 squid and you have an even cheaper car.

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Absolutely no problem. It's a cracking good car with great history, rebuilt engine, tried and tested. I would drive it down without a second thought.

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Hi John, looks like I'll be booking a flight soon. Just need to get a weekend free, in a week or two. It's exactly what I've been looking for, was just scared to commit because of the distance, exciting times, first lotus! 

Kind regards Jack. 

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Hi , Jack, sorry for late reply  currently down in chelmsfor for a funeral, home on Friday night. Email me directly on [email protected]

Cheers

 

John.

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