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Lotus Elite Type 75 (1979) on eBay

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Hi there. I've found a nice (and kind of expensive) Type 75 Elite on eBay a few weeks ago. According to the seller, David at Craner Classics (http://www.cranerclassics.co.uk/motors/lotus-elite/), the car is in immaculate condition. And it is still available. Does anybody here know more about this car? Especially about the condition of the non-galvanized chassis? I'm willing to travel to Nottingham straight away, but maybe somebody has  seen this car in real life and can tell me more about it. Thank you an kind regards from Switzerland.

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Have seen that many times also Gert, It has been on ebay for ages,  agree lovely looking car and appears to be in fantastic condtion,  must be plenty of room for negotiation purchase price wise as nobody has stepped up to the plate yet to purchase it.   Good luck 

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Thank you, Dan. Apparently, the car was on sale on a different platform about a year ago for +/- £ 7'500! So yes, there is of room for price negotiation. I wonder what the condition of the chassis is like. Greetings from Zurich.

 

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The dealer bought it at the H&H auction in July for £7,000

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Thank you, Gareth. If price reflects the actual condition, it might be worth some extra money. But it's all about the chassis, I guess. 

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Hi Gert, the dealer is the second owner!  The first owner had it until it was sold at the auction that Gareth mentioned above after his death.  I think it spent much of its recent time in a garage.

Nice car but the price is up there and I don't know what the state of the chassis is.

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I personally think it hit the top of its money with what the dealer has paid.....

he obviously thinks there's a huge margin in it.......some £5000 no less.......

nearly a 72% increase on his investment..........surely if it was that easy we'd all be doing it........

I do fear that the classic car bubble will once again burst.......

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Thanks, Trevor and Gareth. I totally agree on the margin and I don't intend to heat-up the UK market. Nevertheless, it's an interesting offer compared to what's on the Swiss market: https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/lotus-coupe-occasion?allmakes=1&index=0&make=48&st=2&vehid=5251252&vehtyp=10&yearto=1990&returnurl=%2fde%2fautos%2f-lotus%3fallmakes%3d1%26make%3d48%26st%3d2%26vehtyp%3d10%26yearto%3d1990%26r%3d5

I asked the dealer to supply pictures of the chassis, especially from the front and rear suspension. And I asked to change cam belt, tensioner and bearings within the initial price (by Lotus specialist, of course), as these parts never have been changed, or at least not recently.

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Here they are. Some pictures of the chassis and steering system? What do you think? Thanks for all your comments. Kind regards, Gert

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Looks like they've painted over the rust....... lol

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Seems like alot of money for a car with a steel chassis (not replaced galvanised)

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Chassis looks like its been waxoiled or coated with something to preserver it. There are no pictures of the rear chassis. Its very hard to see the condition as it rots out at the top where it mates with the body. 

Asking price is optomistic. :) 

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