Thanks for your reply and offer but it's the 1997 beast I'm after. Some pic's of the current state 98 machine you have would be cool nevertheless.
I got in contact with Kona in a vain hope to see if they would rummage around their warehouses to uncover one. The replies were nice but no luck...19/03/13:
Hi, that's a real bike for sure in the photos; I put that one together for the pictures. It was sold so long ago I can't even access the shop that bought it in my software. The computer I have can't roll back that far. I'd say to try posting want ads on places like Pink Bike, Retrobike.uk, MTBR.com and so on hoping to find one that is still intact and for sale. Last night:
It was a really slick bike, it looked amazing in person.
At least the big corporate machine that is Kona today recognises our crazy "little" addiction