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Jonathan E

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    Bored of waiting :-(
  • Birthday 06/08/1965

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    No Lotus now
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    Ice Blue

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  1. Fascinating to read through this thread and your attention to detail is just incredible, it all looks stunning!
  2. An older/second hand car will always hold its value better because somebody else has taken the initial hit in regards to depreciation this bit is no different from any other car. Things get a bit different when it comes to options, touring packs are popular but add little come resale time, hard tops are great if the car is going to be used all year round, having said that, a dry and bright winters day with the roof off is hard to beat. I’ve never purchased a new Elise with a hardtop and those that came with a hardtop I’ve sold the hardtop on as a separate item, some people like them for track days but personally I think they are an expensive option which is also a bit of a faff to change over, and if your looking at newer cars the soft tops have got better over time. Most newer cars come with a stereo, they’re pretty pointless over certain speeds this will certainly be the case with the factory supplied units and most prefer to listen to the soundtrack of the car, however there are a few out there that have upgraded the head unit to Knebworth* matching standards, adding huge amps and speakers so they can drive aimlessly around their local town centre playing a choice of crap music at ear damaging levels for the benefit of people within a 3 mile radius of their car, not only does this go against the Lotus ethos, it also makes you look a weapons grade bellend to boot, and should be avoided. A/C is a real anomaly, I’ve just purchased my 10th Elise it’s the first I’ve ever had with air con, I was strongly advised to add it as an option, I don’t think it adds value at resale but it probably does make the car more desirable, I’m very much in the no A/C camp here, the car is a convertible take the roof off if it’s hot, but that’s from someone who has always been very aware of the cars power to weight ratio and in the end I figured that losing 25kg from my personal fat bastard framework and the addition of the extra bhp from my previous 111s the addition of a/c wouldn’t be noticeable and I can report it isn’t, although it is renowned for breaking so if your buying second hand check it works well. The single biggest thing in regards to Lotus ownership is the mindset, don’t expect it to be on a par with German/Japanese build quality, it will have “issues” even new ones do, be prepared to have to take a screwdriver or spanner to it occasionally, if something squeaks or falls off be prepared to roll your eyes and sort it yourself, fast Audi and Fords will beat you off the lights and probably be faster too and every Chavved up shit bucket will want to race you. Your car will probably leak too. I’m not sure what age you are or your personal situation but they are not a fanny magnet, young boys will take a very keen interest in the car, girls will think your missing something in the trouser department and give you a very wide birth. The above are just my opinion, but one thing is a given, get it onto a decent road or track and you won’t stop smiling! Hope the above helps. *age related content, google for information if required.
  3. Nothing wrong with Oakmere they have a very good reputation but don’t restrict yourself to one dealer, try a few, see what they have that suits your criteria and then decide. Appreciate that there isn’t exactly a Lotus dealer on every corner and if it’s purely for a test drive then Oakmere are closest. Quite a few Shropshire owners on here and we do have regular meet ups(pre corona we did anyway). Where are you in Shropshire and what car do you have in mind?
  4. Good choice, hope it arrives more quickly than my new one did👍
  5. Thanks for all the good wishes, and nice to see some of you old timers still check in from time to time👍😉
  6. Thanks chaps, rear spoiler union flags are being replaced with black/grey versions, and black badge set will replace the traditional Lotus badges as per all my previous Elises. Apart from that I'm leaving it as is.......for now😉
  7. Finally! Its a tricky colour to photograph but the top pic is about right.
  8. Thanks all, up and ready to go at 4:40am.......it seems others in the household aren’t quite as enthusiastic as me😂 will report back later👍
  9. No idea, and it was a very strange sight. I just thought if it made them happy then fair enough, their place was around 3 miles from the next house so I guess me and the postman were probably their only threat?
  10. I’ve been spending most of my time driving around the fantastically empty roads of Wales, very few vehicles, no scameras and beautiful views, sadly it’s in a Mercedes Sprinter rather than a Lotus🙄, delivering groceries for a well known supermarket. I did the same thing for a short time when I set up my own business three and a half years ago which is now on hold, they rang me a couple of weeks back and asked if I’d be interested in doing some shifts for them as they were desperate for drivers and I’d had the training( it’s not as simple as it looks you know). With the odd exception like the couple who were dressed in full NBC suits complete with WWII gas masks who insisted I deliver their groceries to the middle of a field and kept at least 100m away, and the old boy who threatened to shoot my tyres out because the store had substituted his famous grouse whiskey for the own brand stuff, I’m still not convinced he was joking either. Most people have been so grateful to not only get their groceries but also to see a different face, some of the customers live miles away from anyone and I’ve discovered some fabulous new roads for when my car finally gets to me, who knows when. Gets me out of the house too. Good to see your all keeping occupied and staying safe, that driving rig reminds me of my Sprinter van cockpit, Not!!
  11. Or for an alternative view, Lotus pulled off a coup of Colin Chapmanesque proportions by sucker punching Opel into producing a sports car that they then trumped with the S2👍 Just saying😉
  12. You lucky lads with cars to drive and polish. My new 250 is in factory eight at Hethel which is final QC before delivery to the dealer. We were due to visit the factory to see it on the line last Thursday but the visit was called off at the 11th hour🙁. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it could be quite some time before I actually get my hands on it now.. the sunny weather isn’t helping either. Half an hour from empty Welsh roads and no toy to play with🙄
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