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Lotus Eclat, Monaco white, 1978, 5 speed. For Sale

Lotus Eclat, Monaco white, 1978, 5 speed. Like the Monaco white James Bond Esprit, but for the family man! A genuine 4 seater with a stunning interior, it really is as good as you'll find outside of a concours show. The seats and carpet are unmarked, the dash and even headlining are all in exceptional condition. Rear inertia lap belts are fitted too. Perfect door cards. Paintwork is very nice and shiny, very good for a fibreglass Lotus. Many of these cars are let down by vinyl roofs and aftermarket sunroofs but this has clean white paint and looks very sharp without a sunroof. The chrome is exceptional. I spent a good 20 minutes feeling the condition of the chassis and can't find any rot, not at the front or above the rear axle/shock towers. It doesn't have any underseal on so is easy to check for yourself. The odometer reading shows 31,000 genuine miles and though I can't be sure, the condition suggests it. The engine I am reluctant to start too many times as I am unsure to when the cam belt was last done. I did however start the car the other day and it started easily and idled nicely, When revved the engine sounded great through the twin stainless exhaust system and twin Dellortos. Oil pressure showed nearly 80psi on start-up. I haven't test driven the car as it will need some work to the brake system- there is brake pedal when the car is unstarted but when running the pedal goes to the floor- something to do with the servo vacuum I suspect. I have check the clutch control and all feels very nice. I will start the car when viewed and I also took videos of when the car was started the other day. You may spot that the car has a particularly late reg plate- this is because the car was used overseas and imported into the UK in the early 80's hence the Y reg. However the V5 has a note that the car was manufactured '78 and so it will be MOT and road tax free next year. I had a valuation on the plate done FEE 328Y (Ferrari 328) and it was valued at £800- I suspect it's worth more to the right person. The Lotus comes with the original manual (which are very expensive), a couple of Lotus sales brochures and some other Lotus paraphernalia. I have done an hpi check (all clear- the details will be given to the new owner) and I have the new style V5. In summary it will need, some brake tinkering, an MOT (though it will be exempt next year), the headlights have the usual staying up syndrome (that could be left like that for an MOT), the bonnet latches may need adjustment as a precaution - I don't want to close the bonnet fully in case I can't get it open. This Lotus does look stunning though, the Elites/Eclats are usually very scruffy but this is an exceptional example and prices of these cars are rising steeply- there have been +10k auction results. See it as a mini Espada, a 4 seater supercar. It was after all the price of a house when new (£6000 in 1974). Not a show car, but a lovely example. You are welcome to view daytime or evening, weekday or weekend by appointment. I can have the car delivered (at additional cost). I will not accept any blind offers, the car must be inspected in person to ensure it is how you envisaged.

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