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> Most cars have been ser­viced an­nu­ally, as few VX220s cover 10k miles in a year. Only the Turbo has a cam­belt – change it ev­ery four years.

> A re­place­ment soft-top is £1200 new, di­rectly from Lo­tus, or £500

buys a nice used one.

> Turbos can su†er from boost leaks, vac­uum pipes that fail, and re­cir­cu­la­tion valves with per­fo­rated mem­branes.

> Parts avail­abil­ity can be

tricky, but help is at hand:

pat­tern-part re­place­ment

clamshells are avail­able,

as are af­ter­mar­ket front and rear lights.

> Dam­age to the ex­truded alu­minium chas­sis can write o† cars, be­cause Lo­tus never sanc­tioned a re­pair process, ac­cord­ing to spe­cial­ist Jon Seal. ‘But it can be done,’ he says. ‘There are plenty of re­paired race­cars.’

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