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lancelot link 26th July 2018 19:19

ooh ..we need to see some pictures please Alex ...

Mick O'Malley 26th July 2018 19:42

The Combe this Sunday
 
Hi Alex

Thanks for the invite but I think I'll leave the beast on the drive now. I don't want to tempt fate!

Regards, Mick

Alex 26th July 2018 20:47

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Originally Posted by lancelot link (Post 96157)
ooh ..we need to see some pictures please Alex ...

here is a video of the parade lap I did at Castle Combe Summer festival a few weeks ago, I can be seen at approx 2 minutes 30 going past the camera car


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WCkjByBmYI

if the link doesnt work just go on you tube and type in Castle Combe summer festival parade lap 2018

Mick O'Malley 29th July 2018 07:10

Losing The Will To Live
 
I've sold quite a few cars and bikes on Ebay over the years and have had my fair share of inane questions, but this one takes the biscuit. Quite why they think I might be interested in how many other kit cars they own/have owned is beyond me, and the concept of an auction shouldn't be that difficult to grasp. Unless you're a moron. 'I'll give you £xxxx and pick it up tomorrow mate' aaaaaaaaaaargh!

Rant over, only another six days to endure....

Regards, Mick

Paul L 29th July 2018 08:28

Mick – I hope your Ebay hassles during the auction are rewarded with a good price at the end.

Here is a link for those interested:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ecurie-Ec....c100033.m2042

I think it is a well written advert and someone is going to get a great car. :cool:

Good luck, Paul. :)

Mick O'Malley 31st July 2018 17:57

Easy Come, Easy Go........
 
She's now had 4393 views, and there are 341 watchers. Yellow Monaco Guy is still the highest bidder. I expect further bids (if any) will be in the last seconds: could be an exciting time. However, if she sticks at £12k I'll be more than happy as this is almost exactly what I've spent on her replacement, which arrives on a low loader Thursday AM. I've transferred the insurance and tidied up my front garden 'landing strip' which will be its new home until the A352 departs.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1793/...40e1e10a_b.jpg

Watch this space.

Regards, Mick

p.s. Thanks for the good wishes Paul :)

Mick O'Malley 2nd August 2018 10:52

New Toy
 
This morning the nice man with the low loader delivered my new (well, 47 year old) toy. Thrilled to bits? Absolutely.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/848/4...a2c216c3_b.jpg

A352 views now 5150; watchers 382.

Regards, Mick

Jaguartvr 2nd August 2018 10:55

You paid the same for that as the A352 is at?
You must be bonkers!!!!

Lucky@LeMans 2nd August 2018 12:47

It was on sale for nearly £15k in October last year ! The old Lotus S4's are very collectable but the styling is a bit of an acquired taste !

Mick O'Malley 2nd August 2018 13:55

Insanity is fun
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 96248)
You paid the same for that as the A352 is at?
You must be bonkers!!!!

I think it's worth every penny (obviously, or I wouldn't have bought it). The gel coat is immaculate, as is the interior. Wheels and tyres are perfect, the engine is to fast road spec. on twin 40s, it goes like stink and handles like a go-kart. Continuous MOTs back to the 70s authenticating its 68k mileage and, best of all, it's practical with full weather gear, the lack of which was a major drawback of the A352. Considering the A352 only cost £5.5k and provided countless hours of building and driving pleasure, converting its proceeds into an ideal all weather fun car (which can only appreciate) for my eighth decade strikes me as a good deal :)

Regards, Mick


Paul L 4th August 2018 07:18

Mick - Does that mean the engine looks something like this one?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/L_...=w1147-h860-no

Good luck with both the sale and the new build, Paul. :)

Mick O'Malley 4th August 2018 12:36

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Originally Posted by Paul L (Post 96274)
Mick - Does that mean the engine looks something like this one?


Unfortunately not, it's a 1600 x-flow, neither does it have wobbly webs :(.

However, it is after all a classic open Chapman era two seater, eligible for the HLR :).

I'll be putting my S4 project up for sale once I'm back from my hols on 21 August. Once again I'll let the market decide its worth, but I won't give it away.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1831/...a6c40128_b.jpg

I ripped this photo' from the Ebay advert when I bought it in 2011, the vendor told me he was reducing his stock of 72 projects down to 40!

Regards, Mick

IanA 4th August 2018 14:08

S4 rebuild- a labour of love for someone but a very straightforward build.

My S1 was banana'd when I got it but I rebuilt it from the chassis up.

You're in heaven in a ...

2manytoys 4th August 2018 15:02

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Originally Posted by IanA (Post 96285)
S4 rebuild- a labour of love for someone but a very straightforward build.

My S1 was banana'd when I got it but I rebuilt it from the chassis up.

You're in heaven in a ...

.....Seven. I quite agree . Here is My Seven clone (why is why i appreciate your real deal, lovely Lotus). Plus my modified Anglia , both 1700 Crossflow powered.
Incidentally depending on how tomorrow goes at Supercar Bealiue , i may put my Mx 250 on Ebay, so following your Auction closely.
Currently it is on Car and classic, Gumtree and Pistonheads websites

IanA 4th August 2018 15:21

Nice Anglia, mine rotted away and became a Jago. The Stryker is the best handling 7 clone, just a bit narrow in the seating area which is why I had to get a Fury.

Mick O'Malley 5th August 2018 06:24

Happy Bunny x 2
 
Well, I'm more than happy with what the A352 made and am glad that the waiting's over: those ten days seemed to last for ever! I wasn't the only one, either. I received a PM on Ebay just after it finished which I was tempted to delete without opening, thinking it was yet further drivel. Imagine my surprise when I read this:

'What a wonderful car. I hope it made more than you expected. I enjoyed your description of how the car had been built, and have spent an agonising few days trying to come up with enough money, but with school fees and a mortgage it is something of a relief that it is now sold!

Best of luck with your next project'.

I'm off to the South Cerney Classic Car Show this morning in the Seven. I was pounced on in the petrol station yesterday, so perhaps my A352 experiences are to be reprised in its replacement......

Regards, Mick

2manytoys 5th August 2018 12:41

Fleabay
 
Glad you sold your car and got a good price, Can i ask why you went for Auction style sale which is possibly risky (unless you have a reserve) rather than buy it now.
Again more research for when / if i put mine (if i can stand entering Numpty world) .
I bet you chewed your nails down to elbows in that auction period.

scimjim 5th August 2018 17:49

Followed your build from the start, never saw the car despite living in Brockworth and competing at Prescott - now I spend the weekend at the South Cerney show (as we have done for the past few years) and I had to leave this afternoon without seeing your new toy! :doh:

Mick O'Malley 5th August 2018 19:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2manytoys (Post 96299)
Glad you sold your car and got a good price, Can i ask why you went for Auction style sale which is possibly risky (unless you have a reserve) rather than buy it now.
Again more research for when / if i put mine (if i can stand entering Numpty world) .
I bet you chewed your nails down to elbows in that auction period.

I opted for auction simply to let the market decide its value. I set the reserve at the minimum I'd take for it: if it hadn't reached that figure I'd have kept it. Luckily, I wasn't far off. The ten days only seemed to drag because of the stream of inane questions aimed at me.

Quote:

Originally Posted by scimjim (Post 96306)
Followed your build from the start, never saw the car despite living in Brockworth and competing at Prescott - now I spend the weekend at the South Cerney show (as we have done for the past few years) and I had to leave this afternoon without seeing your new toy! :doh:

The new owner only lives in Leamington Spa, so I imagine it'll be at both Prescott and Shelsley once in a while. When I see him I'll big up this year's Castle Combe classic.......

Regards, Mick

Mick O'Malley 24th August 2018 08:08

Aaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!
 
The top bidder for my car jerked me around for a week, initially saying he couldn't get a loan, then that he couldn't collect it in time for this year's show season, before backing out. My second chance offer was then taken up by a gentleman who yesterday informed me that he didn't think he'd be able to get in and out of it, so also backed out.

Despair.

Regards, Mick


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