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About MattyB

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  • Birthday 03/06/1981

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    South Staffs

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    S2 135
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  1. Smash!

    Very common these days. Contested claims can get very costly - you can thank Accident Management companies and people who insist on having a Porsche as a courtesy car for that - so with insurers it's in both their interests to go 50/50 and move on as quickly as possible....but rarely in the interest of the insured parties!
  2. This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    2002 Elise 135 Sport (Factory Built) 70k miles Gunmetal Grey I've owned this for 2 years now, having bought it from a fellow SELOC'er. It's a rare, factory built (have an email from Lotus to prove) Sport 135 with a 135R inspired Blue interior. I've only done ~1200 miles since I bought it, but in that time it's had a lot of work, including: * Full suspension overhaul by Dan @ HPE, including his fancy spherical bearings, Spitfire toe links, Nitron SS2, new wheelbearings, everything has been refreshed and powdercoated in 'Nitron Blue', braided brake lines, upgraded gear linkage and full Geo * Fitted 111S Alloys, with new AD07's all around. * New radiator fan, handbrake cables, new battery. More recent work (last 5k miles) includes * New alternator * Replacement headgasket It's also got an aluminium rad. I've got a document which fully lists all work completed (that's receipted) since the car was new - happy to send this over so you can see what's been done. I had the car fully inspected by QMECH (I have the report) before purchase, but obviously you're free to do your own checks. It's been serviced twice by Top Gear Automotive (Wolverhampton) in my ownership (I've just had the B-service done 16/5/18). MOT is due in 2 months, this will be done before sale, but I've no doubt it'll pass! You can speak to Martin at TGA, Dan at HPE or Chris at QMECH who looked after the car before I owned it if you want any background. Since the refresh is so recent, the car drives beautifully. The 135 engine is a real peach and sounds fantastic with the Janspeed exhaust fitted as part of the 135 kit. I've kept the car garaged during my ownership, and treated the longtail roof with Autoglym when necessary. Unfortunately, there are a few minor asthetical issues - to be expected on a 15 year old car with 70k on! The lights are a bit tired, there's a bit of peeling in the corner of the screen, and some minor bubbling on the rear arch (all pictured). The front is showing some stone chips too. She won't win a concours event, but you'll struggle to find an Elise that drives as well as this for this money! Can also offer some standard S2 6-spoke wheels with tyres for £150. Reason for sale is I'm looking to buy an Evora. If you've got any questions, or want more info/pictures, let me know.


  3. Elise on Ebay

    I didn't know they made the S2 in 2000.....
  4. custom mats

    Would be interested also. Can anyone recommend any suppliers for plain ones? I've got a double foot-rest too, which makes it even more difficult!
  5. Newbie considering a track orientated Elise

    Ah, I was chatting to another Mark on SELOC asking similar questions, just wondered Well, if you're interested I'll be putting mine up for sale in a few weeks - could be the good basis for a track car with all the suspension work and falls within your budget (just!).
  6. Newbie considering a track orientated Elise

    Mark was it you I was chatting to over on SELOC about the Elise search?
  7. Sill repair

    I've not used them (yet) but I went to see Chase Automotive (http://www.chaseautomotive.co.uk/) the other week - I'm popping back to get mine booked in, seemed like decent guys, they were recommended by my VW Specialist....they do fibreglass repair (although I only have a small split to repair, it's mainly just painting). As I say, not used them yet, but price was reasonable.
  8. S2 Splitter - black or body coloured?

    Looks like black is definitely the way - however, having it vinyl wrapped is a good shout, although that may be tricky due to the shape. Worth considering however....
  9. I'm having my front splitter (currently body coloured) tidied up - it's currently the same colour as the body (gun metal/dark grey) but I'm tempted to have it painted black instead. So for those who've got one....black or body colour?
  10. Lotus Number 4...

    Lovely. Personally, I much, much prefer the Roadster - it looks cleaner and sleeker to my eyes, yet you rarely see them. Enjoy.
  11. S2 Alloys


    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Swapped my alloys, so my old Black S2 6-spokes are up for sale. 4 alloys, with AD07 tyres and including centre caps, but with the following caveats: - Front tyres have decent tread, but are 9 years old - Rear tyres are *just* about legal. - The laquer is peeling on the alloys, I've tried to photo the worst of it. - The front passenger side is very, very slightly buckled from a pothole. I couldn't get it to come out on the pictures though - it's just 'flattened' the edge a bit. £200, collection ideally as shipping is a pain.


  12. Introductions / S1 Exige Wanted

    It's not only that, but those that are sold are frequently shipped overseas due to the stronger euro - mine went to France a few years back (for £20k!) and I'm sure others have too. Don't forget to (try) and join Exiges.com if you haven't, worth keeping an eye on that too....but judging by the amount of "Wanted: S1 Exige" adverts, you're in for some competition!
  13. Introductions / S1 Exige Wanted

    True! If I did, I'd probably buy a cheaper Elise-conversion. Preferably with a Honda....
  14. Introductions / S1 Exige Wanted

    I'm gonna play devil's advocate here - have you driven one Kevin? Also, are you buying it to use (trackdays?) or more for collection? I'll tell you why: I'm on my 3rd Lotus, and for me, my Exige was the least enjoyable of them all. They look the f***ing nuts, probably the best looking car I've ever owned, but I can't say I enjoyed it as much as my other two, they're just too compromised in my opinion. You've also now got the factor that the prices are rocketing, so you're paying a massive premium. If you're buying one to drive, I really wouldn't rule out non-original ones, or converted ones. £30k+ buys you alot of Elise/Exige these days...... I suppose it's easy for me to say - like you I "had" to have a proper one, but back then they were £20k and not £30k+ in this current crazy car climate. Either way, I'm just offering my 2p on the matter, YMMV, etc. Oddly enough, whenever I see one, I have the urge to buy another, despite my unsuccessful ownership

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