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Matt-watts last won the day on February 7 2023

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About Matt-watts

  • Birthday 31/10/1973

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    Esprit S1 123G Red Tartan, Esprit S1 170G Orange Tartan, Esprit S1 192G White Tartan, Esprit S1 228G Yellow, Esprit S1 294G Blue, Esprit S1 329G White, Esprit S1 738H Turbo Dev car, Esprit S1 378G Silver, Elise S1 Blue, Evora LE Silver
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    Never ! ..ok some Shhh
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    Northamptonshire UK

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  1. Opps Sorry Bibs, will do.
  2. Lotus esprit s1 a bit of a project, the car is complete and matching numbers, engine and gearbox where fine but hasn't moved for 9 years. Wheels are in very good order and have never been diamond cut. Glass all correct and is hpi clear. Chassis looks very good, comes with lots of new parts (aluminium radiator, new tanks, brakes etc) V5 in my name and lots of history £29,500.00
  3. I've had 35 lotus cars of over the years but this Evora is just so good. I can't believe I own it and its mine ! We are very lucky that they are in reach for us.
  4. I'm a new Evora owner, I only wanted an LE and found this early car, I'm very pleased with it, it's just sublime to drive, I now see what I have been missing all these years.
  5. All s2.2 have the bumper lamps the other way round to early cars. James your car is correct, please don't change it !
  6. I always wanted a yellow S1 Esprit, it was my dream car as a school boy. I ended up owning other S1 Esprit's but none of them yellow. Luckily I spoke to a lovely man called Douglas who offered to sell me his car which was originally yellow. Here it is below The car was in Campbeltown and in beautiful countryside, although in a bit of a state I could see it was going to make a fantastic car. My son Jake and I couldn't wait to get cracking. I loaded her up and drove the 8 hours home excited to put a set of wolfies back on it and have a really good look at what I had just brought I soon fitted the wheels and got it back on the correct Number plate. I took the body off the chassis and was pleased with how good it was. The chassis was remarkably good with just a small crack in the engine mount and the rear brace, my Jig fitted perfectly so with a bit of welding is was sent for Zinc and powder. The gearbox was awful as someone had rebuilt it and blocked the oil supply to 5th gear, wrecking the primary shaft, 5th gear and the bulk ring. Luckily I had the parts so I could change them on the rebuild I rebuilt the rolling chassis with new protech shocks instead of the original Armstrong's as I aim to use the car regularly. Chassis nearly done, time to move onto the body shell for now I next stripped the body shell down and then prepared it for paint. There was a lot of fibreglass repairs needed I made all my repairs matching the gel coat, so even though I am going to have it painted yellow, underneath it will all be as original I needed to do a lot of underneath repairs to the bobbins and the boot floor and to the yellow gel coat After many hours of Sarah and Jake scrapping the red and primer off Car loaded up, on way to the painters Safely arrived, looking forward to seeing it painted original yellow Jake and I building our engines, we restore S1 Esprit's in batches Engine is now in, waiting for the body shell to be painted. At the moment I am batch rebuilding the brakes, heaters, motors etc Hoping it will be on the road soon!! Matt
  7. I brought it in 2017 I added in all the missing parts it needed as I have a large stock of original parts, I rebuild the carbs and cleaned the rest up a bit and sold it in 2019 to a media company, as I had a better Orange S1 I enjoyed working on the car and the media people where lovely.
  8. I have PPW306S if anyone would like to make me an offer on it Matt
  9. I repair them if they are properly broken, but it sounds like your gauge pointer/needle is just bent up with age, you will need to bend it back with a heat gun and some insulation to protect the instrument face. Matt
  10. I'm just about to make a second batch of crash pads, they are exactly like the original I have 3 Steering wheels left. Please message me for details. Matt
  11. Pictures of my S1 XPE396S taken in 1980 in its original Viper green. Notice the late s1 (now rare) front valance. Matt
  12. I think your right George, I think the Lotus branded one also came later, I will ask Jake to look into our S2 archive and see if he come up with any more, we have never seen one in a S1. This is what my motorola looks like. It would have been old fashioned in the mid 70s not having FM, also the tape would have been hard to get in and out. Matt
  13. I haven't read this blog (as i'm not really into turbos) but knowing you and having seen how well you did on your S1 Esprit and the pictures of this finished car it looks a really lovely job, I think we both strive for some kind of perfection and its lovely to see how so very very close you have got to perfection. My hat is off to you buddy, well done. Matt
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