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Post by dand » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:59 pm

Having had a coupe back in the '80s for several years, I've been looking for another one to do track days etc.

Came across this:

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C900780

Does anyone know anything about its history, previous owners etc?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Post by philhoward » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:12 pm

As far as I can recall, it's had the same owner for a few years and has spent that time on track.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:21 pm

a well sorted - quick car.

Dont expect to drive it on the road - it will bite and be extremely unforgiving .
This is about as far advanced as a Coupe ever got without changing engines etc


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Post by Nick » Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:42 pm

John Eldridge's car I think, as fettled by Mike Thomson.

Spoke to him about it earlier this year. Excellent engine. Very competitive.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:27 pm

Though most of the points have been covered above, there's also a thread about it here in the other sales lnks section, which might be useful


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:33 pm

Yeah John Eldridge's car, very well built and light weight. A very powerful 3.4 tripple carbed Essex engine.

A car that really could win the championship


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Post by Coupe Racing » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:36 pm

I fancied it but was too much for me when advertised in Slice , considering a comparable GTE went for £4000 not to long ago


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Post by dand » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:42 pm

Thanks for the info guys. 900kg and 230bhp should make for a lot of fun.

Does anyone know what's been done to the suspension / brakes?



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Post by MarkHawkins » Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:52 am

Yesterday when at Brackley Classics in the Park, there was an early Escort RS2000 that was apparently worth £25k - I asked if it was 4 linked at the back or was running a tuned 2.1 - no - standard suspension and engine. It really makes the racing coupe look like a bargain!


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Post by AllingtonGT » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:18 pm

I'd suggest going to have a look at it if you haven't already. Not sure it's MOTable or driveable on the road but you should go and try it as best you can. I agree with others on here that it would most likely be difficult to live with on the road. It's built as a sprint/hill climb car so might need some adaptation for a usable and enjoyable track day car. Amongst other things you'd need to look at: how big the fuel tank is; how extreme is the suspension; steering set-up; cooling; how the power is delivered. All fixable with time, patience and some funds but more fundamentally you need to decide if it's the right car for you, once you've sat in it and experienced its persona. It's a bit of a brute.



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Post by dand » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:35 am

Going to try to go up to see it this weekend. Bit concerned about the comments that it's a brute, extremely unforgiving etc.!! What's the set up - very peaky cam, very snappy suspension set up?

The thought was to make it road legal not so much to use it on the road but so that changes can be tested easily without waiting for a track / test day. Any thoughts on how feasible this is?



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Post by Coupe Racing » Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:52 am

The car was built in its day as the Ultimate Coupe for sprinting.
The engine is very peaky and has a wild cam.
The interior is non existent
The cooling system propably won't cope with road use.
The LSD could chuck you off the road if driven hard

It's a through and through track car make no mistake and won't need much doing to it apart from recent lessons learned in suspension


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Post by dand » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:24 pm

Ah well, coupe is on it's way to Germany. You snooze, you lose. :|



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Post by MBFanatiker » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:06 pm

Hello there,

I figure I share a pic of the coupe in question at it's new residence in Northern Germany. Quite happy with the purchase and works already underway to make it a Rallye contester instead of a pure hillclimber. Goal is to do a few consistency rallies next year starting with the Targa Florio before going full fledge racing. Will try to post a few updates here and there.
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Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:09 pm

Good luck with your new car, and keep us posted as to events you do in it :-)


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