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And perhaps one of the reasons my admiration for Lotus keeps growing, apart from the brilliant cars, is the people in and around Lotus. Be it Club Lotus with Graham Arnold and now Alan Morgan, my first specialists Lyte and Wakefield, Bell and Colvill, William Taylor of Coterie, Jeremy Walton, some bloke called Bibs, Russell Carr, Scott Walker, Mike Kimberley, Brian Angus, Clive Chapman, Hazel Chapman etc..... and the many owners I have met over the years. 

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Lotus and the certain mystique around Colin Chapman have always been appealing. As a child of the late 60s and 70s I wanted to be 007 in the Esprit but never had a chance (height!).

When I found myself living in Norfolk, back in 2005, and finishing a Series 3 Landrover build in 2013, I wanted something with more driving pleasure (or better road manners maybe?) but that maintained the possibility of a galvanised chassis and a non corroding body, having previously been a Triumph GT6 owner/fan who can't weld!

I saw an Éclat for sale locally so went to have a look - simply to see if I could fit in it. To my surprise, I could fit comfortably but it was a bit pricey and I wasn't personally sold on the rear end style. I then went to see an Elite in the flesh (cheers @clivef38) and the rest, as they say, is history.

ONE DAY I WILL DRIVE IT AT HETHEL!!!

Is the price for that bit in Yen or £?

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A teenager I was when I first saw the Lotus Elite, Eclat and Esprit in a local city.

And later with the Bond movies I was again completely sold.

So it was destined that I ever would have one.

In the eighties I couldn’t afford me one. But in order to remain as close as possible to the atmosphere I had a Toyota Mr2 mk1.

So later on I had one in 2001. Especially the Esprit S1 it is definitely my dream car.

Later came the Excel as daily use.

I support the Lotus philosophy. Light, balance and fast. Simple and style. The legend around it. I love it.

Now the cars I have are less used. No winters. No wet days.

I pamper them really completely. Keep them good and clean.

In the future, I hope for a 3th car to take. But what it's going to be will depend on what Lotus will present in the coming years.

We'll see

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I first saw an SE and it's smaller brother without the wing in a car dealers in Perth. I had never seen one before then other than the white S1 in the Bond movie. Then the bronze ski-rack equipped Turbo Esprit in the other Bond movie. By then I knew what a Lotus was. 

Instantly fell in love with the way it looked. Even further, once I had driven it.

Knew from that point on that I wanted one.

It took another 20 years (estimate).

Have never regretted it.

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All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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1 hour ago, Sparky said:

Then my sister's husband (a friend I went through school with) dropped dead of a heart attack at 45, same age as me.  I bought an Esprit within a few weeks.

Enjoy life while you can; you never know what's around the corner.

Absolutely. As an old friend of mine often says ..........”Live your life to the full, there are no pockets in a shroud.”

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I think it was Motor magazine road test of the S4 Elan that started it followed by Jochen Rindt's dramatic win of the 1970 Monaco GP.  That and having a Lotus dealer down the road from my parents'.

I managed to get my S4 once I had left college and started work but insurance and maintenance costs led me to sell it after 6 months.  After a dalliance with a Mini Cooper, it was back to a Lotus, this time a +2.  That had to go after a couple of years to raise the deposit for a house and then work and family got in the way until a bonus from work gave me some spare cash which was spent on a S2 Esprit that needed work.  Got it running and used it regularly for a couple of years but moving from California to North Carolina saw the car deteriorate with the damp air and I sold it to someone who lived in California.

After returning to the UK I got a S1 Elise.  Don't really know why I sold it.

I loved all of them and trying to pick a favorite would be like trying to pick a favorite son or daughter.

My heart says Elite but my head says Excel, or M100 (or another Elise).

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S4 Elan, Elan +2S, Federal-spec, World Championship Edition S2 Esprit #42, S1 Elise, Excel SE

 

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I met a young guy on a Lotus drive when I still lived in Western Australia. I asked him what made him buy an Elise? He would have been in his mid twenties.

His answer?

"I got this for about the same price as a new Commodore and they are crap!" :happydance:

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All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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Jesus, you guys are old. I was doing a shed load of trackdays back in 2010/11, my wife announced she was pregnant with our first and I promptly realised it was then or never for the Exige - there were normally a few on most the trackdays I'd been on and they looked great. So, got out early of my Megane 250 super cheap finance deal, bought an S2 Exige Sprint (deposit down unseen) that Castle listed surprisingly cheaply, modified/threashed it for 4 years and never looked back... 

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I claim no long memories of the lotus brand , funnily enough my work brought the lotus name in my mind as I met Late Colin’s widow at a work event as it’s next door to Chapman estate.

i was looking for a car some 18 months ago when my little Mx5 was written off and I didn’t fancy another two seater convertible as I want to carry my young daughter in the back rather in front.

so after a long look around a lot of research I stumbled on the Evora as interesting alternative to 911 or M3 

so my journey was fairly straight forward however an awful experience at Porsche dealership put me off going down that route and I guess that’s how I ended up in the Lotus world 

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