free hit
counters
Riviera - Elite / Eclat / Excel Chat - The Lotus Forums #ForTheOwners Jump to content


Riviera


richj

Recommended Posts


Upgrade today to remove Google ads and support TLF.

 

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.

Regular restorer. Rather less reliable forum poster!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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 

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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

Link to comment
Share on other sites

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.

Edited by Don.Hasi
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...
  • 3 weeks later...
  • 3 weeks later...
  • 1 month later...
  • Gold FFM

Im am currently selling a Riviera on behalf of an old friend of mine. Listed here on cars for sale. The car is modestly priced at £7,500. Yesterday I had an email from what I can only think is a dealer telling me the car was overpriced and only valued at £5,000. I have yet to see an Excel, never mind a Riviera with low miles, rebuilt engine and interior as per original spec priced at 5k.

Yes the car has a couple of stone chips on the front panel and 2 small star crazes on the rear offside wing caused by something that moved in the boot many years ago. But 5k !!!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Gold FFM

Just chancing it John as you know from the cock and bull story you got re your Yellow Esprit...

  • Like 1

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...
On 04/05/2019 at 08:25, johnpwalsh said:

Im am currently selling a Riviera on behalf of an old friend of mine. Listed here on cars for sale. The car is modestly priced at £7,500. Yesterday I had an email from what I can only think is a dealer telling me the car was overpriced and only valued at £5,000. I have yet to see an Excel, never mind a Riviera with low miles, rebuilt engine and interior as per original spec priced at 5k.

Yes the car has a couple of stone chips on the front panel and 2 small star crazes on the rear offside wing caused by something that moved in the boot many years ago. But 5k !!!!

Hi John - I was interested by this on ebay - what happened at Morris Leslie - assume it didn’t make reserve?  How does condition compare to one on this listing - I don’t think pics do it justice!  Apologies if hijacking this thread!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...