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original nos sparto lenses @ 19Euros a piece

PostPost by: el-saturn » Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:33 pm

just got these beauties from salerno in italy - so i can change the almost originals!! i've been looking at the replicas which are lovely and coincidently found these: there's 4 left! sandy
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:30 am

Hi Sandy, PM sent...
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PostPost by: pereirac » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:33 am

Hi Sandy

PM sent as well :-)

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:59 pm

pereirac wrote:Hi Sandy

PM sent as well :-)

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well, no use I'm afraid : the guy who sold a pair to Sandy had sold everything by the time I got in touch with him...
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PostPost by: S3FHC » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:10 pm

I'm not sure if this is the same part or not?

lotus-parts-f33/reproduction-sparto-side-repeater-lenses-t35184.html

I hope you get some luck and find the parts you need,

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:26 pm

they were apparently original, not repros (last sold on March 1st, I found out several days later) :

http://www.ebay.fr/itm/282346716753?_tr ... rmvSB=true
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:47 am

They were also scratched and damaged from the photos on the eBay listing. For a few quid more you get perfect.
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:36 am

elanfan1 wrote:They were also scratched and damaged from the photos on the eBay listing. For a few quid more you get perfect.


with all due respect, there is a difference in essence between original and reproduction - and this stuff is emotional rather than rational in my understanding...
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PostPost by: S3FHC » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:50 pm

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elanfan1 wrote:They were also scratched and damaged from the photos on the <a class="vglnk" target="_blank" href="http://www.motors.ebay.com/" rel="nofollow"><span>eBay</span></a> listing. For a few quid more you get perfect.


with all due respect, there is a difference in essence between original and reproduction - and this stuff is emotional rather than rational in my understanding...



I completely understand the use of original parts (even if they are tired, scuffed or chipped etc)
Ultimately it's the owner's choice if he or she wishes to keep the car as original as possible.
The challenge facing anyone who has carried out a total restoration project must be the decision whether to replace parts which, although they may be serviceable, are tired and faded - or go for fresh new parts if the originals let the finished car down.
However if you don't have the originals and direct replacements are no longer available then I can't see any alternative to using either a similar part or a reproduction.

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PostPost by: el-saturn » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:04 pm

...................AND i posted this right after i got em --- too late, however the visible crushed areas are underneath the aluminum cover and therefore invisible: ill give the top a polish AND they become a rarity worth 1/4 of a grand in pound sterling chaps!!! sandy, just being a pain in the rear!!
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