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Old 2nd February 2021, 11:04
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Default Adieu Lotus

As was the case with the A352, I decided that yet another winter under a cover out in the damp wouldn't do this spiffing machine any favours, so I've passed her on. In stark contrast to my previous experience with Car and Classic's website (umpteen timewasters re. the 'D-Type'), I posted the Lotus advert at 1500 and it was sold within the hour! Result!



She now lives in The New Forest under the stewardship of "a lifelong Lotus Seven enthusiast".

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Old 2nd February 2021, 17:02
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good news !!!
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Old 3rd February 2021, 22:02
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Lovely car, underappreciated but gaining followers at last.
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Old 27th February 2021, 07:01
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Mick - A belated farewell to your Tribute.

I was always a big fan of how well your 'D Type' turned out.

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 10th March 2021, 12:38
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Talking Temptation Strikes - Again

This appeared on Ebay overnight. Ten day listing, should fetch a good few quid. After declining the Sherpa based project I still have the A352 and Lotus sales funds burning a hole in my pocket. I've been toying with going back to two wheels but this looks eminently do-able. I know I've done the 'D-Type' thing already but I miss the old girl and have my period plate on retention.

Please, somebody on here buy it to save me from myself...

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Old 10th March 2021, 17:19
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Great option as a donor, go on, pry open that wallet
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Old 10th March 2021, 18:01
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An interesting project ! The advert quotes just a few weekends work to complete it so you could have it on the road by the end of lock down !
Trouble is with TVR's is they usually end up off the road due to a rusty chassis so that needs to be factored in. Will that body really fit over the chassis, I thought they were quite wide cars ?
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Old 10th March 2021, 19:54
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I have never seen a TVR 260/280 that had a rust free chassis.
Having owned a late 260i, the outriggers and rear suspension
tubing braces were almost corroded through. Removal of the body and close inspection will show that repairs will be needed.
Powder coated chassis tubes are not the cure all as they will rust from the inside out as well.
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Old 11th March 2021, 05:52
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Surely it can't be a Xkss and a D Type ? I thought they were visually quite different ?

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I have added a couple of pictures of what the car will look like when finished, it has no rear fin panel, but these can be purchased.
No where does it mention who made the body ? or am I missing something ?

Does that look like loads of aluminium sheet propped up , for the inside I assume ?

Paul
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Old 11th March 2021, 09:02
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Surely it can't be a Xkss and a D Type ? I thought they were visually quite different ?
Jaguar had 16 D-Types left which weren't selling as racing cars, so they put windscreens on them, removed the cockpit divider, gave them soft tops, and advertised them as road cars. That GRP body has the divider, it can just be seen in one picture, so it could be built as either. Scottie built his A352 as an XKSS in this thread.

Reading the rotting frame tubes comments above, I'll be giving it a miss. Thanks guys .

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Old 11th March 2021, 15:41
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Jaguar had 16 D-Types left which weren't selling as racing cars, so they put windscreens on them, removed the cockpit divider, gave them soft tops, and advertised them as road cars. That GRP body has the divider, it can just be seen in one picture, so it could be built as either. Scottie built his A352 as an XKSS in this thread.
Guess who needs to read the Haynes D Type book he got for xmas
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Old 12th July 2021, 16:40
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I still have the A352 and Lotus sales funds burning a hole in my pocket.
Regards, Mick
Having viewed on line hundreds of kits/classics/projects without the slightest stirring of enthusiasm for any of them, I decided to blow some funds in a different retro-machinery direction and purchased a flight in this, something I've dreamed of for ages.



There were four basic options, of which I chose (at extra expense) the Biggin Hill to Beachy Head and return which meant 40+ minutes in the air. An impossibly great experience, well worth the hole blown in my wallet. A goody bag with an embroidered patch, car sticker, reprinted WWII Spitfire pilot's notes and money off voucher for another flight was included, together with this certificate which will hang alongside my 'Antarctic Plunge' one for maximum bragging rights, should I ever have a visitor .



If I can work out how, I'll post the over my shoulder Go-Pro footage also included.

Regards, Mick
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Old 12th July 2021, 17:11
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well why not you only live once how big was your grin?

i see the spitfires daily flying out of biggin hill i think they have 2 at the moment for paying flights

some of the others there a friend of mine sprayed up.
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Congratulations Mick. On my bucket list too.
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Old 12th July 2021, 20:57
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Not so extreme but at least I had the hood down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOy4ZJy97Bk{#
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Old 12th July 2021, 21:53
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Can't beat flying in a "proper" aeroplane, the Spitfire must have a once in a lifetime experience ! Last thing I went up in with a flying experience was Chipmonk about 40 years ago, modern planes are like going on a bus !
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Old 13th July 2021, 05:08
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I see the spitfires daily flying out of Biggin Hill. I think they have two at the moment for paying flights.
Yes, and a two seater Hurricane with a female pilot. Top girl.
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Not so extreme but at least I had the hood down
Now I have to put my hand in my pocket again...
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Last thing I went up in with a flying experience was Chipmunk about 40 years ago,
I mentioned my 60s Chipmunk flights to 'my' pilot. He said "It's the poor man's Spitfire". This one was at Kemble in 2019'.



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