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    Default 1998 Birkin S3, well sorted and major updates

    Yellow Birkin S3 built in 1998, $25k obo, constantly updated, well sorted, easy to drive, RELIABLE, 2 liter Zetec, T9 5 speed transmission.

    Odometer now shows 64xx miles, it had 2164 when I took delivery on July 5th 2014. With slipping clutch (as described by previous owner), excessive rake and shocks set to maximum stiffness, I can see why nobody drove it much! With the clutch slave cylinder bled, rear shock pre-load and damping reduced it now rides comfortably and handles magnificently. Firmware update for ECU and tuning made the engine start instantly and run strong. Cold air intake brought more top end power and smoother running yet. Front facing intake rig now installed, rear facing rig included.
    Raceline water rail, Stewart Manufacturing electric water pump and controller, electric fan, East Coast Alternator 6 pound 2025 UltraMini 55 amp installed 2018. 2 Ford reprogrammed ECUs, 2 PCM and ignition modules included. Engine believed to be Series 3 because it has aluminum and steel sump, offset water pump, and horizontal oil filter. Fresh Ford plug wires, T9 standard ratio transmission flushed and fresh Redline gear lube 2020

    Easily removable headlights with integral turn signals make aiming easier, includes new and used chrome buckets. Old style front turn signals and fender signals included.
    New, non-tinted windshield 2020 Spare windshield mounts could be used for a polycarbonate, shortened windshield.

    Wide track front end, installed Spring of 2019, has all new A-arms, ball joints, stub axles, steering arms, brake rotors and 4 piston Wilwood calipers,
    Wilwood .75 brake master cylinders, fender stays, working fenders and new front fenders. The new front end is quick and easy to align (street and track alignments now practical) and improves handling with 2 wider track than original.

    Jaz 15 position, single adjustable coil over shocks, corner weighted for 190 lb driver and half tank of gas.
    15lb Braille battery
    2 quart Accusump with electric pressure sensing valve, braided line in passenger compartment, aluminum rack mount for easy installation and removal in passenger seat area.



    Shortened fiberglass seats, reinforced driver's seat, OEM upholstered and light weight aluminum rear interior panels, 3 point belts installed, 5 or 6 point driver belts included, Hella battery cut off switch.
    Heater/fan unit, all interior panels, carpet, insulation, seat adjusting rails, and OEM external mirrors are included.
    Mini 7 four panel wink mirror with left and right side blind spot mirrors mitigates need for external mirrors


    Shown with 4 silver Enkei RPF1 wheels with 2015 195-50-15 Dunlop Direzza Sport ZII Star Spec tires.
    2019 Bridgestone 195-50-15 RE71R tires on Black Enkei RPF1s with Black 948 Racing wheels (slightly wider front and rear track)

    Rear track variable from 52-56 (63" edge to edge) with included spacers and wheel selection.
    Quaife limited slip installed spring of 2017.


    Tall (broomstick test) 5 point track day roll bar has removable SFI padded Petty bar. The bikini top and doors work with both roll bars. Tonneau cover works with street and track roll bars sans Petty bar. For track events, I mount the Accusump rack where the passenger seat goes. OEM top works with the OEM roll bar now installed. All weather gear in excellent condition. Caterham clear and Birkin tinted wind wings.


    OEM 11 gallon tank. 3 piece trunk liner allows easy removal for changing roll bars, damper adjustment, rear axle maintenance. Driveshaft safety hoops. braided stainless DOT approved brake lines, braided fuel and oil pressure gauge and Accusump lines. Lightweight stainless steel Magnaflow side exit muffler (clears chassis dyno, saves 6 lbs.) and quieter, stock rear exit stainless steel muffler, heat shield and pipes.


    Lightweight fiberglass boot cover, spare tire rack, license plate light, some special tools, spare clutch, oil cooler included.


    Maintenance notes, Birkin build manual, Escort 4000pg factory pdf, T9 transmission manual, note book setup notes, measurements, Zetec and other info, bracket and panel templates, prototype rear compartment bottom panel.





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    Looks very nice and well sorted! Good luck with the sale.
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    I went to take a test drive of this car about a week ago and I wanted
    to pass on my notes.

    TLDR: Great car, if I was a Colorado resident I probably would have
    bought it but titling in California in the time of Covid is tricky and
    I have a fun car to tide me over.

    Background/comparisons:
    I was interested in this car to replace my Locost with a 1600 xflow.
    The chassis in my car is running out of reasonable upgradeability and
    jumping to a new chassis before any more power or handling upgrades
    make much sense. I’ve also taken rides in a Superlite R400 and a 1700
    xflow although I have not driven either.

    Power:
    The car has tons of power that is accessible over a wide RPM band, I
    was held back by road limits from ever getting out of 3rd gear but it
    was smooth and quick to rev up at all times.

    Comfort/handling:
    Much more comfortable ride than either my Locost or the R400.
    Personally I like the stiffer ride and sparser cockpit but it was nice
    to not have my organs bouncing around too much. The seats had tons of
    side - to - side support and at 5’9 the car was plenty big enough. I
    really enjoyed the clear view of the driver’s side front wheel and I
    knew exactly where the car was at all times. Both my Locost and the
    R400 have aeroscreens which I really like, but the wind deflectors on
    the windscreen really helped make the airflow more comfortable. In
    the 1700 xflow I've been in without wind deflectors the airflow could
    whip around the windscreen and apply uncomfortable pressure to the
    outside ear, which was not the case here. Seller made it clear that it
    would be easy to tighten up the shocks for track use or if you prefer
    a little stiffer of a ride. The exhaust makes it nice and warm
    without requiring a heater, but was never uncomfortably hot. The
    braking was much stiffer than I am used to, because I’m a bit shorter
    than the seller I was using a foam block to be in a comfortable
    sitting position and I couldn’t easily apply as much force as I would
    have preferred, but it’s reasonably straightforward to adjust the
    pedal box or potentially move the seat forward. Previously the seat
    was on adjustable rails but it is in a fixed position now.

    Fit/finish/accessibility:
    The car is in great shape, sensible upgrades have been made, using
    existing mounting holes wherever possible. Seller showed some track
    upgrades that come with the car that I was especially interested in as
    I have not been confident to take my Locost to the track and I would
    like to, but I don’t know enough about them to evaluate. It is much
    easier to get to components in the car to do repairs or upgrades, the
    Locost I drive has a one-piece fiberglass body and a removable bonnet
    but access is terrible outside of the engine bay. This car has
    removable body panels with access to the engine area, area behind the
    dashboard, sub-trunk area, etc.

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    Did your car sell?

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    Not yet


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    How much extra gear comes with the car?

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    Is there any other way to contact you?

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    Try to PM me, I think that works. Or accept PMs to you. Everything listed is included, might be a few more things, everything Ive collected for this car goes with it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by carguy1315 View Post
    Try to PM me, I think that works. Or accept PMs to you. Everything listed is included, might be a few more things, everything Ive collected for this car goes with it.


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    For some reason I don't have the option to PM

    I understand, I'm trying to figure out how to get everything else to Florida, the car is easy.

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    My email is: carguy1315@gmail.com


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