Rust In Peace
Your barn finds and discoveries in the field
Yet more tales from Rotten Row, these classics are ‘out standing’ in their fields.
A trip down Lotus Lane
Danny Richards from Pontyclun in Mid Glamorgan spotted this line-up of longstanding Lotuses in Kyleakin when travelling around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in his Triumph 2000 MKII. At the forefront in the main picture above is a 1978 Lotus Eclat S1 (Type 76) that is showing on SORN, so we know these cars have not been forgotten and haven’t been abandoned to nature.
Pick of this tucked-away trio of Hethel cars must be this glorious gold Lotus Elite S1 (Type 75), one of only 2535 Elites made from 1974-82. The four-seater coupé with glass tailgate was a step upmarket for Lotus – maybe this car doesn’t need too much work to move it upmarket again…
Lotus Eclat S1
This is the second Eclat S1 at the far end of the main shot above (one of just 1299 made). The glassfibre bodywork of these cars has lasted well outdoors, even if some other parts haven’t.
Thomas Young found this Pontiac in a suburb of Athens, Greece, with an old man nearby repairing his old Datsun!
An Austin Ambassador in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, discovered by Adam Macphee from Kirkcaldy. He knows it hasn’t moved in at least ten years, but reckons it may still be salvageable, although it’d be a lot of work for a dedicated enthusiast.
Morris Minor van
Phil Connor from Wiltshire found this Morris Minor van abandoned in an overgrown spot up in the hills outside Xylofagou, Cyprus, in a British Military zone. It’s signwritten: ‘Zic Zac Bar’, a watering hole in Ayia Napa.
Petro Wychrij is a postman on the Isle of Skye. One croft in Earls houses an Audi 80 (B2 model, 1982-86) that is fast becoming a rare sight nowadays.