Lot 436 - 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo
|Odometer reading||58,874 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £7,000|
|Result||Sold - £8,400|
The Lotus Esprit built between 1976 and 2004 was unveiled in 1972 as a concept car and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro's polygonal 'folded paper' designs. Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed but, in keeping with the Lotus tradition of having all car model names start with the letter 'E', the name became Esprit.
Introduced in April 1981, the Turbo Esprit and Series III Esprits marked a necessary consolidation; both new models had a common chassis, inheriting much of the configuration of the Essex cars whilst body production was based on a single common set of moulds. The SIII continued to use the 2.2 litre, type 912 engine, whilst the Turbo Esprit reverted to a less complex wet-sump lubrication system, retaining the power and torque outputs of its dry-sump predecessor. The interior for both cars was revised and featured new trim; combined with changes to the body moulds this resulted in more headroom and an enlarged footwell. Externally, the Turbo Esprit retained the full aerodynamic body kit of the Essex cars and featured prominent 'Turbo Esprit' decals on the nose and sides.
This 1988 Turbo is presented in white with contrasting black wheels and red leather interior, a striking combination. Having covered less than 59,000 miles, this example has had a chassis assembly replacement in 2001 by Lotus and with the previous owner offering a 'fix-at-all-costs' attitude, a full documented engine re-build took place in 2005 with less than 6,000 miles covered since. Offered with a full service history up to and covering 36,000 miles and having had such documented engine work completed in 2005, this car has a significant service history and with the current vendor an enthusiast who has garaged and used the car sparingly during the summer months, we can safely say this car has been well cared for. Offered with this car is also the original wheels and original tool kit and, combined with a very reasonable estimate, this is a chance to own a classic 80's supercar.
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