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Utopia

53 posts

78 months

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Friday 15th February 2008 quote quote all
WOW! cheers badapple, will make enquiries on this later today - Estimate TBA !!

D14 AYS

3,687 posts

93 months

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Utopia said:
WOW! cheers badapple, will make enquiries on this later today - Estimate TBA !!
That car was in the last sale and didn't sell,i put the link up on this tread about 3 weeks ago,I think the estinate was £17,000 to £19,000,good luck with you hunt for a LC.thumbup

Utopia

53 posts

78 months

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Friday 15th February 2008 quote quote all
£19k too much frown Well what I mean is, for me financially.
I cna get insurance cover though, so thats good - and can use a classic car policy - £250 isnt that bad smile

B'stard Child

6,861 posts

129 months

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Utopia said:
£19k too much frown Well what I mean is, for me financially.
I cna get insurance cover though, so thats good - and can use a classic car policy - £250 isnt that bad smile
Whats your budget if you don't mind me asking?

Utopia

53 posts

78 months

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Hello, well I will say around £12 - £15k. But this maybe a little bit under and if it means I have to wait for the right one, then I will have to wait.

At the end of the day, its been a dream, but it may become reality at some point. And I am not in an immediate rush, because I think it is probably important to take my time over this.

There is also a club I discovered that helps out. Looks like i have to pay, but it could well be money well spent, if it contains LC owners who can offer guidance, support or even some free advice.

So I will keep the options open.
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B'stard Child

6,861 posts

129 months

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Utopia said:
Hello, well I will say around £12 - £15k. But this maybe a little bit under and if it means I have to wait for the right one, then I will have to wait.
That's about right (at the top end) for a half decent one

Utopia said:
At the end of the day, its been a dream, but it may become reality at some point. And I am not in an immediate rush, because I think it is probably important to take my time over this.
I agree

Utopia said:
There is also a club I discovered that helps out. Looks like i have to pay, but it could well be money well spent, if it contains LC owners who can offer guidance, support or even some free advice.
If it's the "autobahnstormers" club and you are serious about LC ownership I would say that it is the only club that truely caters for the LC/LO

Utopia said:
So I will keep the options open.
Wise move

damiwi

218 posts

80 months

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Friday 15th February 2008 quote quote all
I really think £14000 is all you should have to pay to own a good Lotus Carlton with reasonable mileage. Anymore than that and I'd want something that was concours.

Remember a car's real value is what someone is willing to pay.

Also I'd rather have one that's done 70,000 miles than one that has done 10,000.

B'stard Child

6,861 posts

129 months

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damiwi said:
I really think £14000 is all you should have to pay to own a good Lotus Carlton with reasonable mileage. Anymore than that and I'd want something that was concours.
Nope I'd want one that had all the really important bits done - plenty of very pretty ones that I wouldn't touch with yours

damiwi said:
Remember a car's real value is what someone is willing to pay.

Also I'd rather have one that's done 70,000 miles than one that has done 10,000.
Now we agree - cos the more miles on it the more likely all the faults will have been sorted

toxicfrog

128 posts

86 months

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Friday 15th February 2008 quote quote all
Got mine out today after its winter hibernation.

I'd travelled about 2 miles before someone nodded, smiled and took a pic on his phone....owning an LC is like driving a celebrity...

And all this talk of values....mines insured for 27k - the 40 grand one in the trader helped me with that....

Ian - long time no speak, saw RB today :-)

As a celebrity hero, the LC status is undoubted - and as for running costs - get a good one and its reliable. Had mine 5 years and its broken down once (broken clutch pin, probably the commonest problem with them) - and given me many miles of awesome motoring.

Will probably never sell it.



As a guide to people here thinking about buying one heres a list of the commonest problems (mileages at which done on my car taken from the history)

Clutch Pivot pin (12k, 50k, 77k (uprated pin fitted at 77k wont break again)
Head Gasket - (55k, previous owner noted coolant loss)
Turbos - (75k, one had got slightly noisy)
Clutch replacement - (60k)
Bellhousing replacement (30k, 60k)
Timing chain/guides/sprockets replacement (64k, uprated items, important this is done as standard items prone to failure causing major damage to engine)
Electric Water Pump Vacuum circuit repaired - (79k, today!) Important for post blat cooling of engine and turbos.
Serviced every year - costs about £100 in parts.

I bought it at 63k in Jan 2003, with almost everything done....be aware low mileage examples will probably not have had many of the common problems sorted out - parts are tricky, but being part of the ABS club helps alot..theyre remanfacuring alot of previously unavailable items now.

Paul


Edited by toxicfrog on Friday 15th February 23:45

Shropshiremike

10,105 posts

86 months

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toxicfrog said:
Got mine out today after its winter hibernation.


Kindly don't post any more pics of your car please...............





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toxicfrog

128 posts

86 months

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Shropshiremike said:
Kindly don't post any more pics of your car please...............





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The ol' bangers not bad is she....

S. Gonzales Esq.

1,933 posts

95 months

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Saturday 16th February 2008 quote quote all
Not sure if this has already been posted (14 pages!), but there's one for sale here that looks pretty good.

Howitzer

2,464 posts

99 months

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Ok, lets put the car in perspective as the reason I never went for one was running costs.

Using genuine parts and doing a regular 15K a year, what would you expect the car to cost you?

The failures on the car above put me off as they are just not what I class as reliable enough imo, but, I know if I drove one I would be driving it home.

Dave!

Utopia

53 posts

78 months

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See the way the green shines against the sun... that is exactly what the car looked like that I viewed!!
And when some cloud came over, the light colour green went, and it showed a more darker look!

And to me, thats great smile
Just looking at this would make me want one. I made some enquiries about the auction LC, and this is something I am going to consider at some point. If you dont try I guess I wont know...

B'stard Child

6,861 posts

129 months

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toxicfrog said:
Ian - long time no speak, saw RB today :-)
Hi Paul - nice to see you still have the LC - still looks as good as ever

Good summary of typical faults too

Inner tube

38,783 posts

167 months

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Turbos - (75k, one had got slightly noisy)

I think that's kinda cool...one is clearly not enough

B'stard Child

6,861 posts

129 months

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Howitzer said:
Ok, lets put the car in perspective as the reason I never went for one was running costs.

Using genuine parts and doing a regular 15K a year, what would you expect the car to cost you?

The failures on the car above put me off as they are just not what I class as reliable enough imo, but, I know if I drove one I would be driving it home.

Dave!
I don't think I could consider using one now for 15K a year motoring - the biggest cost would be fuel and tyres.

But head gaskets are a 60-80 replacement so you would need to factor that into the costings

I think one of the ABS cars had 193K miles 93 car and the servicing costs came to £35K for that mileage and time the previous owner had the car

V8S

8,471 posts

120 months

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Tuesday 19th February 2008 quote quote all
L952 *** LHD Lotus Omega spotted in Yeovil, parked outside a garage. Anyone know it?

Utopia

53 posts

78 months

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Wednesday 20th February 2008 quote quote all
My dream is over for now - cannot get funds and needed elsewhere.

Never mind frown

Transmitter Man

3,024 posts

107 months

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Friday 22nd February 2008 quote quote all
I believe there is the monthly ABS meet this weekend at S. Mimms services.

Can someone confirm this as I may take a drive up there to have a look at the cars?

Phil
79 De Tomaso Longchamp GTS
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