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About MattyB

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  • Birthday 03/06/1981

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    S2 135
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  1. Time Left: 2 months and 13 days

    • 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.


  2. Elise on Ebay

    I didn't know they made the S2 in 2000.....
  3. 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!
  4. 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!).
  5. Newbie considering a track orientated Elise

    Mark was it you I was chatting to over on SELOC about the Elise search?
  6. 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.
  7. 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....
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Can anyone recommend a bodyshop near Wolvo/Cannock? Dan@HPE has recommended Andy Meacham to me, so I need to see him (but with the M5/M6 constantly clogged, it's not a quick journey) and there's also Option1 nearby too. I wondered if there was anyone else closer to me who people are happy to recommend?
  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. Elise -> Evora

    Sounds like I'm on the right track then in the move. Anyone want to buy an S2 135? I'm not a fan of green cars, unfortunately Although I would prefer a more lairy colour rather than black/silver (no offence to current owners, obviously!) My one and only concern is the whole clutch issue - there are a fair few for sale around the 30-40k mileage range still on the original clutch (or at least, no mention of the change) which would be a slight concern, but I'll worry about that once I'm in a position to start making offers ;)
  13. Elise -> Evora

    Owned my Elise for a year now, but finding I don't use it much. Most of my driving is Motorway/A-road, and I'm usually carrying a passenger - I love the Elise when I get the opportunity, but when the missus moans as it's too raw, or your mates make sure you're picking them up in the VW because they don't want to 'post themselves in it', or I'm visiting the parents which is a 45min motorway journey.....I find I'm leaving the Elise at home alot. So I'm hoping the Evora can find the balance. Bigger engine, longer geared, more usable but still as enjoyable when needed. The fact I can squeeze a small mate in the back for short journeys is even more of a bonus. Anyone done it, any downsides, any regrets? Budget is about £30k, so it'll be early, non-S models.
  14. Suspension Refresh!!

    Just to weigh in, I was concerned about spherical bearings too - rumours of harshness, etc - however I've no regrets either. FWIW, have a chat with Dan@HPE - I was going to do it myself, but by the time I bought/borrowed tools, for what he charged I (personally) didn't think it was worth me DIY'ing it. Also, bear in mind budget creep, regardless of whether you DIY or not; there's alot more "while you're there" or "no point putting the old ones back", which for me included, but wasn't limited to: - Wheel bearings - Braided brake hoses - Toe links (I went with Spitfire) I also wish I'd have painted my calipers (or should I say, asked Dan to) because it makes the lovely, colourful and clean wheel arches look untidy
  15. 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!

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