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Offline andecorp

  • Biggest daddy in the park
  • No idea how to make her happy!

  • Joined: Jan 2007

  • Drives: too many cars for one ass
Try getting to know some of the Lotus drivers in Perth. That way if someone is thinking of selling and they know your looking you put yourself first in line for a sale... no advertising needed.
Join Lotus WA group http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/LotusWA/ and maybe come along to a Fish & Chip Run.. you might even get a ride.
Ive heard there are around 40 Esprits in Perth.. trouble is finding someone who wants to part with one.

You were lucky the your PO followed all my recomendations to bring the car up to scratch, no expense sparred. I helped him buy it, so he went in with open eyes about how much he was going to spend.
You got a good car there. And the only Nautilus S4s in the country.



Offline albo_calbo

  • maybe i am crazy.

  • Joined: Jan 2010

  • Drives: '06 Omega - V
  • Name: Nick
i'm back! ... and i still have the itch.
so i see the average looking S2.2 has dropped to $15000 :S
thoughts?



Offline cazna52


  • Joined: Sep 2010

  • Drives: Lotus Esprit Turbo
  • Location: Sydney
  • Name: Justin
I am guessing the one you were looking at for $15k is this brown one on carsales

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=1&R=8916820&keywords=&trecs=9&__sid=12BEDDC68220&__Ns=pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&__Qpb=true&tsrc=allcarhome&__Nne=15&seot=1&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965279%204294965254&silo=1011

Be warned that this car has had a terrible hack job done on the roof. The targa roof is not standard and would probably have quite an impact on the stiffness of the body.

That being said it is priced quite cheaply and could possibly be a worthwhile project. Depending on the condition of the rest of the car it could still be a good buy. Also this one has been listed for a while now so you may be able to talk the price down a little but he has reduced the price once already.



Offline albo_calbo

  • maybe i am crazy.

  • Joined: Jan 2010

  • Drives: '06 Omega - V
  • Name: Nick
I am guessing the one you were looking at for $15k is this brown one on carsales

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?Cr=1&R=8916820&keywords=&trecs=9&__sid=12BEDDC68220&__Ns=pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&__Qpb=true&tsrc=allcarhome&__Nne=15&seot=1&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965279%204294965254&silo=1011

Be warned that this car has had a terrible hack job done on the roof. The targa roof is not standard and would probably have quite an impact on the stiffness of the body.


hadn't thought of that :/
anyone have any idea of the cars history? i realise its a 30y/o car but having been watching the esprits for a while it seems a little too cheap if you know what i mean, also looking at the pictures the car has some turbo decals and to the best of my knoledge the s2.2 was N/A.



Offline andecorp

  • Biggest daddy in the park
  • No idea how to make her happy!

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hadn't thought of that :/
anyone have any idea of the cars history? i realise its a 30y/o car but having been watching the esprits for a while it seems a little too cheap if you know what i mean, also looking at the pictures the car has some turbo decals and to the best of my knoledge the s2.2 was N/A.

That car has been discussed at length on the lotus forums. You wouldn't want it even if it was given to you for free.

There are a few good australian delivered early steven's cars for sale right now on carpoint, if you want to spend more.



Offline S4Simon

  • The Rubber King of Adelaide

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  • Location: Not the Badlands
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the car has some turbo decals and to the best of my knoledge the s2.2 was N/A.

If you haven't already perused.

http://www.lotusespritworld.co.uk/models.html



Offline Sandgroper


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Import your own, it's not that hard if you can be bothered.
I imported an excellent 88 Turbo recently, searched the UK for the best sounding cars I could find then had a local Lotus specialist check the car out thoroughly before committing myself.
After purchasing, had the car delivered to the Lotus specialist (Pure Lotus in my case) and had them complete a C serivce and required upgrade top the air conditioning.
Car has complete history from new and every receipt , MOT and pictures of all parts replaced or refurbished in a file, car is in superb condition (one of the best Esprits of that era Pure Lotus had seen)
If you have a limited budget, look for a really good UK car, they are out there, but do your homework very well.
The only issues in the whole process were
 1. I got screwed by the Department of the environment, because I had the air conditioning modified to run on R134a gas, I had the system charged before it left the UK, because I did that (which is what is implied on the CFC form you download from the net) I had to obtain a ozone licence at a cost of $400.00 (even though it is exactly the same gas we use here, so anyone looking to import a car into OZ, don't charge the system after modifying and save yourself a lot of money.
2. The guys at the wharf in Freo told me that the car arrived on the ship without the keys, so I trailered the car home (getting it on the trailer was a pain in the a*rse with the steering lock on) only to be told later that afternoon that they had now found the keys (another two and a half hour round trip to the docks to collect)
3. Some moron broke the internal glass panel (the one that site directly behind the seats) annoying but a cheap fix.



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