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Cirtainly looks like a Riviera with that bonnet, front and rear spoilers, wheels and sunroof. I always fancied one over my standard Eclat. Im sure Riviera owners on here will point you in the right direction.

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Thanks

My first impression was that it is a Riviera..

Wasn't sure if Lotus were playing around with models at this time. 

Maybe a call into archives may help

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Normally the reviera's are fully equipped with leather and air conditioning. The bonnet of yours is not riviera like. Never seen yours.

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4 hours ago, Jeanvm said:

Normally the reviera's are fully equipped with leather and air conditioning. 

My old Riviera had A/C but no PAS from factory so there's no guarantee that that's an indication.  But there should be a 'Riviera' decal on the rear wing rather than the Eclat decal shown.  A call to Andy at the archive will clear it up.

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is this JSF 450X? I was at the auction to buy this but went to high for me

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if it is that car I spoke to Andy Graham and it is a Riviera which purely means it has the bonnet, roof and boot spoiler. What is strange is that it has no other options. Either someone just really wanted a sunroof or given the date I wondered if it was one of their prototype cars but I never went into that much detail with Andy, I was waiting to see if I managed to buy it. Hope you've had the cambelt changed as its only done 100 miles since about 1988

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Ok, spoke to Andy and am now awaiting the info from the archives so i'll let you know what comes up.

I too have had a Riviera with no AC or PAS so I guess there were options.

Yes the car is JSF 450X, is it known on here apart from the above?

Yeah the belt has now been changed as have all the fluids, needs more recommissioning but I am very pleased with her. Very low miles at 18.5k but thankfully that hasn't been to the detriment of the car's health.

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That is a really handsome car - you must bring it out and show it sometime!

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Hi, Rich,

Well done !

Great find!

I also was bidding. 😀👍

I saw this car when it was up for sale in 2012 in London and was bought by the previous owner.  

I checked it out and it was a basic riviera. 

I wondered if Lotus just ran out of decals?!!!

 

kind regards, 

Roger 

 

 

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Thanks Roger..

Would explain a great deal!

Despite the fact I work as motorsport engineer and don't get too excited by most cars, the Eclat has always been a exception.. especially a Chapman era car which means a lot to me personally

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Hi Rich, fantastic taste do you have (someone had to tell you this :D )

There were some of the cars which have retrofitted Riviera roofs. I would guess the one in phoenix picture is one of these... we had already traced a car with a VIN from 1980, so before the official Rivieras. It had also the same colour like this one.

Your car is one from the first batch... So I must have a look to your build number neighbors if they had the same decals.

Beside this, it looks very tidy. Keep it like this and show it the world.

And please share the informations of Andy. Thanks.

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Hi Roddy and Andy

Thanks for your kind comments on the car...

According to Andy at archives the car is a Dec 81 car and ordered up as a Riviera.... will learn more in due course.

I was relieved to see another car with the same rear quarter decals as mine on the factory floor so a big thank you for that!

Regards 

 

Rich

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your build number neighbor with 2 digits in front of you doesn´t have the decal as well. And as far as I could recognize it, the prominent movie car from  who dare win, with the man, who should be Bond, doesn´t have it as well. And this car is two digits behind you.

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That's good to know Don... Looks like it's becoming clearer.

I wonder how many were done in black

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