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    Exige 350 Sport
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    Signature Orange

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  1. Welcome Mark. 6'3" here and the Elise is one of the most comfortable cars I've ever driven - having said that I'm below 12st so no idea regarding your additional bulk (all muscle I'm sure lol) You should be able to get a reasonable S1 or a decent early S2, but for a track weapon at that budget I would also maybe consider a VX220, you might get lucky at this time of year and find a turbo or maybe even after market SC car.
  2. Dilema

    Don't know what you mean there Ray, the soft top on the Exige V6 roadster is identical to the soft top on your car, takes exactly the same time to remove/replace. Even if you buy an Exige Coupe it's a one hour DIY job to convert it to use a softop - provided you can find one for sale that is lol. Anyway, I bet the OP hardly ever takes the top off his Sports Racer because they look so damn beautiful with the hardtop in place
  3. Dilema

    Yes, my mistake - Dave Underwood! Slip on my part as I had to Google the garage name and then got Swift into my brain! Like you say his sales technique is ....er.... interesting lol. Good guy though. I wonder if the car is on SOR at DH or if they now own it?
  4. Dilema

    Good question! On second thoughts it wasn't Autumn 2016 when I viewed it was summer time, around June or July time? I was like you, very undecided about whether or not to make the change. That car wasn't the cheapest out there but I went for a look because it was only 10 miles away and I really liked the colour. I was hoping that there would be a possibility of some serious negotiating but I think that the new purchase price was still very raw in Dave's mind so he wasn't in the mood to drop the price lol. There was absolutely nothing about the car that put me off, just my own indecision coupled with the price. Dave could have snagged me easy with a bit of salesmanship and about £1.5K knocked off the asking price EDIT: fancy a quick drive in your SR? Have a blatt over to my place this afternoon (Eyam, Derbyshire) or take up Luke on his offer. Best to have a chat to an owner and poke around one without the pressure of actually buying, can only help. OR, get yourself over to the Oakmere breakfast next Sunday - that could be really helpful to you.
  5. Dilema

    Ok bit of info for you then... Car was bought new from JCT Leeds by David Swift - he runs Swifts Performance in Sheffield, in the past they have done quite a bit of service work on Lotus cars so he knows his stuff! I viewed the car last Autumn when it had done 800 miles, it was absolutely immaculate throughout. I had a long chat with David, he had run in the car properly but simply didn't get the time to use it. I got the impression that he bought it on a whim lol. One point of interest is that the door cards are the type that are fitted to roadsters (diamond quilted) - David had no idea why that was, that's just how it came. Incidentally, the orange stitching on the black leather is bloody gorgeous One last thought, at that money you are getting close (or even into) 350 territory, is it that car only that you are thinking about? The colour maybe? Lol
  6. Dilema

    I went from a Sports Racer (red one!) to an Exige, it was a difficult decision but after 6 years I was ready for a change. I loved my SR but I don't miss it to be honest, the V6 is a fantastic car, not quite as nimble as the S2 but you get used to that very quickly and IMO it's better in every other way. More power, more poise, more grip, better brakes, far better ride, no rattles, no squeeks, lovely exhaust note, drop dead gorgeous looks. Just my opinion of course lol. Is the orange car the one at David Hayton with 1700ish miles on the clock? I've viewed that car last year - it's immaculate and I loved the colour. Are you planning to keep the SR forever? If you can afford it then it's better to try different cars IMO. EDIT: I've just remembered a disadvantage with the V6 - the steering is so heavy at parking speeds that my wife can't park/drive it. (At least I think that's a disadvantage?)
  7. Looks good, assume you've used plastidip paint? Did you see the Europa at LITP that had been wrapped (at least I guess it must be a wrap!) in a brushed copper effect? It was a good quality job (I couldn't spot any joints) and it looked amazing
  8. Paint Cracks

    I emailed a link to this thread to a friend of mine - he's done a lot of work on Lotus bodywork and he said the following; "That doesn't look like your standard fibreglass stress crack. Take a look at the image where there is a reflection (of the photographers arm?), two of the cracks pass from light to dark reflections. it looks like the top coat is lifting up next to the cracks. I'd suggest it is some sort of shrinkage crack, maybe caused by a reaction of the top coat and whatever it is painted onto. Almost looks like you could pick off the top coat. I'd go for there being a repair of some kind in that area." Another thought - how close are you to Baslow? There is a Club Lotus meet there tomorrow (Wed 5th), there are usually a few attendees who know their stuff, bring your car and let them have a look. If you're going let me know and I will see if my mate is available too, it's much easier and more reliable to make a diagnosis from seeing the problem in the flesh!
  9. Paint Cracks

    Yes, can't hurt to show them but I would also get someone else not connected with the work to have a look. In general CN know what they are doing so I would be surprised if they've cocked up the prep work but you never know!
  10. Paint Cracks

    Hmm, that's not the classic spider crack that you would expect from stone damage etc. Could be old damage/cracks from a frontal impact that has not been properly repaired in the past - doesn't look quite right for that though. Not ruling it out but it looks unusual, not enough parallel cracks for crash damage. Difficult to tell from a photo but I think that we are looking at shrinkage either due to a paint reaction or filler underneath. Sorry but whatever the cause it's not going to be easy or cheap to rectify. I would live with it for a while, see if it spreads and then investigate properly. Don't be tempted to try a quick repaint - it will inevitably return without the correct preparation. Very annoying for you
  11. Lotus Elise Front Respray

    It's true that Elises can suffer more than most cars with osmosis bubbles (water under the paint) but that's a monster bubble, much bigger than normal osmosis damage. I think that's a problem with poor paint adhesion due to insufficient preparation. Proving anything though would be very difficult - you could go to some other paint shops for their professional opinions and then approach the people who did the work again. Maybe some sort of compromise cost sharing could be achieved?
  12. Soft Top Renovation

    I've used Renovo on a tired and faded softop - cleaned it first with a soft nailbrush and a bit of washing up liquid in warm water, then thoroughly rinsed with clean water, allowed to fully dry, then used the renovo colour. All worked a treat, just one carefully applied coat and the softop looked like new