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  • '05-'09 lotus elise front clam
  • some clips missing/damaged
  • ready-to-paint
  • best offer, $1k min
  • located in Maryland

Hi All,

I was having the original clamshell on my 2008 Lotus Elise repaired and it was ready to go in for painting when insurance greenlit a replacement (my Progressive guy Brian is AWESOME). So, the old one is available for sale!

I can post pics later, but the only functional thing wrong with it other than it being previously repaired is that some of the clips have broken over the years. None of them missing causes a problem as far as I know and some of them might be repairable, but you'll have to judge for yourself. Cosmetically, there's a 1-2mm chip on one of the points and the shop used it to test match the paint color, so you'll want to repaint the whole thing.

It's in MD, USA but I'm willing to freight ship it anywhere if you're willing to cover the cost plus shipping insurance -- that'd still be WAY cheaper than buying new. New clams run $5-$8k from Lotus and take about 2 months. Sector111 and a couple other aftermarket shops have them for about half that cost. I think $2k would be fair, but make your best offer.

Cheers!
Sean
 

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just fyi this clam will not fit 05 and 06 unless you do 1 of 2 things. change out the headlight buckets to a 05-06 or change your headlights to 07+.
Cool, thanks for the clarification! If someone has a busted up clam, replacing headlights should be a minor cost in comparison to the $5k part. ;)
 

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Are you getting a new replacement clam from Lotus? If so, can I ask which dealer did you go through and how long it took or is expected to take to get the front clam?

The reason I'm interested because I'm waiting on a replacement clam from Lotus and want to gauge they turn-around time on a new front clam.

Thanks!

Summary:
  • '05-'09 lotus elise front clam
  • some clips missing/damaged
  • ready-to-paint
  • best offer, $1k min
  • located in Maryland

Hi All,

I was having the original clamshell on my 2008 Lotus Elise repaired and it was ready to go in for painting when insurance greenlit a replacement (my Progressive guy Brian is AWESOME). So, the old one is available for sale!

I can post pics later, but the only functional thing wrong with it other than it being previously repaired is that some of the clips have broken over the years. None of them missing causes a problem as far as I know and some of them might be repairable, but you'll have to judge for yourself. Cosmetically, there's a 1-2mm chip on one of the points and the shop used it to test match the paint color, so you'll want to repaint the whole thing.

It's in MD, USA but I'm willing to freight ship it anywhere if you're willing to cover the cost plus shipping insurance -- that'd still be WAY cheaper than buying new. New clams run $5-$8k from Lotus and take about 2 months. Sector111 and a couple other aftermarket shops have them for about half that cost. I think $2k would be fair, but make your best offer.

Cheers!
Sean
 

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Are you getting a new replacement clam from Lotus? If so, can I ask which dealer did you go through and how long it took or is expected to take to get the front clam?

The reason I'm interested because I'm waiting on a replacement clam from Lotus and want to gauge they turn-around time on a new front clam.
I did get a replacement from Lotus. The replacement took about 2 months if I recall correctly.

They thought there was one in stock in Cali, that they'd have it in 8 days, but inventory was wrong. It's taken nearly as much time to get the paint right and everything put back together; they had to bring in a specialist to perfectly match the Chrome Orange.

In all, it's looking like it'll be 4 months without my baby. The guy before me was 6 months.

I went through EuroMotorcars in Bethesda, MD, which is no longer a Lotus dealer or repair shop as of a couple weeks ago. I don't know if their body shop will still take a Lotus, but someone did come in after me with a busted up Red clam (so sad to see) so possibly.

Cheers!
Sean
 
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