Lot 142 - 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo Anniversary Edition No.25
|Odometer reading||45,925 miles|
|Estimate||£16,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,120|
Built between 1976 and 2004, the Lotus Esprit 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. 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 remarkably well kept Turbo Esprit, number 25 of the Lotus 40th Anniversary run, has been family owned since 1991 and is presented in pearlescent white with blue trim. As revealed in the original stamped service book, this example was fully maintained by the supplying Lotus main dealer until 1996 and 38,221 miles at which point the car was then serviced until 2010 by a local specialist. In 2010 the vendor unfortunately lost the use of his sight and handed the vehicle down to his son who has kept the car garaged ever since and not covered more than a handful of miles. Recently the decision has been made to re-commission the car providing it with a new MoT test certificate and service ready for a new enthusiast to snap up this future classic which will still sprint to 60 in under 6 seconds and reach speeds in excess of 150mph!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.