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PostPost by: martinbrowning » Mon Feb 14, 2011 3:25 pm

What is wrong with these people???????
Seeing what was done to the Plus 2 was bad enough but the Europa - words fail me. Surely the very essence of a Lotus is it's smooth line and minimalist approach. Very happy with my S130 and Europa Special as God, sorry...Colin, intended.

There;rant over and thanks for listening

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PostPost by: spyzee » Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:45 pm

Well the personalised registration number is a perfect match. GM = Genetically Modified.
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PostPost by: twincamman » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:09 pm

well done??? it looks pretty raw to me -- :roll: -e
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Mon Feb 14, 2011 5:56 pm

Found it.

This one was burnt to a crisp, hence the re-body. The accompanying description of the rebuild is quite something.

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PostPost by: stugilmour » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:37 am

That one's great rd. Looks like a vacuum cleaner attachment. The era of plastic fantastic for sure. :)
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PostPost by: ardee_selby » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:20 am

Stu,
It really is/was something else. Originally planned as a convertible, but went for a compromise. It's not clear from the photo but the "compromise" was:

Extract:

"I decided to have the roofline follow a symetrical curve from the windscreen to the rear and make it completely out of two perspex panels. The front panel would be able to slide over the rear in a pair of double channel aluminium sliders...while the rear would slide forward to give access for luggage. I was a little dubious about this scheme, since I had never seen it on a car roof anywhere else, but in practise it worked well..."

He goes on "One critic did describe it as a mobile greenhouse...." :)

The whole project comes across as an automotive version of "Grand Designs" (UK TV prog about people's vision and the homes they create from nothing)

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PostPost by: rdssdi » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:10 pm

This thread has me thinking. Maybe I should not place a "Cheby" v-8 into my Bugatti. A spoiler and a Muncie tranny will be O.K. .

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PostPost by: JJDraper » Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:28 pm

I think it needs a nice gold sparkly roof..

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PostPost by: marode » Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:30 pm

the beat goes on...

http://suchen.mobile.de/fahrzeuge/showD ... sAsString=

I think an Esprit S4 doesn?t look that great anyway, but this...
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PostPost by: twincamman » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:02 pm

Ooooooo. Gives me a woody
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PostPost by: rdssdi » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:12 am

Lotus Esprit referenced prior. Sonderkonstruktion fur Sonderindividuum.

Although I should not be one to criticize as I used a Spyder chassis and suspension arms on my +2. I also added an alternator and an alloy rad. I did restore the body as original with the exception of the front end. I replaced the front body section Mid wheel arches forward). The new part was for the later +2's with the fog lamp bucket molded in. I could have glassed it flush but added fog lamps instead. Heresy you say!

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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:44 pm

Ha Ha no bids. What do you think the vendor expected? Ruined a body, but it must now be worth more in bits.
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PostPost by: terryp » Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:36 am

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PostPost by: John Larkin » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:27 am

The V5 registration document was available when the car was previously advertised, but is not available now. Also the registration number was given as GM 9544 and it was described as transferrable, implying that the car had a current MOT at that time. This is odd as it was claimed to have been off the road for twelve years.

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