Post by charliecroker on Apr 11, 2014 11:14:50 GMT
'77 S1 Lotus Elite The Pink Red Panther.
So I've picked up a Red '77 S1 Elite a couple of months ago and have been slowing working on putting it right and plan to source and refit it with an original interior as well as lowering it on air suspension. I've started a thread on the Lotus Forums and have quite a big following as the Lotus hierarchy are watching me go through the process. However they are unaware of the twist I have for the car regarding the suspension, I mention this because to a hardened Lotus owner messing with the suspension is like blasphemy! It's almost an unwritten rule that "HOW DARE YOU TOUCH THE SUSPENSION THAT THE LATE GREAT CHAMPION CAR DESIGNER COLIN CHAPMAN HAS CREATED FOR YOUR DRIVING PLEASURE, YOU ARE NOT WORTHY!". However being a life long fan of retro modified cars and a massive Lotus fan I have decided to go against the grain and create a tarmac slapper Elite. The car has a few issues that I have been attending to such as a new clutch, there's a body alignment issue which is proving to be difficult to overcome, I'll explain later. Wheels will change also, but I want to find an original Elite interior and replace the hashed recover job someone has done in the past, I also plan to do something with the exhaust tail pipes. So all in all a nice little project for the coming Summer months, here's some photos, first is how I found it, and the second is a Photoshop image of what I envisage.
Post by charliecroker on Apr 11, 2014 11:43:45 GMT
Cheers guys, I think it's possible. I've already removed the front and rear shocks and mocked up the suspension with the original wheels and it looks as though a massive 4-6" drop is feasible, doesn't seem to be anything hanging beneath he scrub line except for the exhaust which I believe I can pull tight enough to the pan to make it clear the road. Obviously there is a lot of work to do first and foremost and as soon as I have the new air-shocks (arriving shortly form the U.S. of A.) I can do a full realtime mockup. I'll post some more photos of my progress to date as I have loads from my Lotus thread.
Damnn this is gonna look good, if you get it finished and looking like that photoshop, it will definitely need some photos next to 'that' Lotus Espirit
Funnily enough, he got to the Esprit before I did, I had and found an S2 Esprit in very original condition and the plan was to put it on air just around the same time he started modifying his, have to say what a stunning car he has produced, if this comes out anywhere near as good as that Esprit I will be over the moon. Anyway as I started to go through the car it was just too good to tamper with so I backed away form 'playing' with it so to speak. So my attention turned to the Elite, of which I could see would look ubber cool slammed. So here we are, let's see how it turns out. All the best, Charlie ;-)