Lot 131 - 1994 Lotus Esprit Turbo S4
|Odometer reading||18,538 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,280|
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.
Originally registered on 19th May, 1994, this exceptionally low mileage Lotus has only had two former keepers. Presented in the delightful colour combination of metallic blue with cream leather interior, it is in exceptional condition. The current vendor has owned L227 RML for the last six years and has fastidiously maintained her. Driving a Lotus Esprit Turbo is an experience to remember with ample power available and a superb note from the exhaust, this car certainly epitomises supercar performance at a fraction of the price. The low slung comfortable driving position, smooth and simple to use gearbox and extraordinary road-holding all combine to putting a smile on the drivers face. Offered for sale with a V5C registration document, a full years MoT test certificate and a history folder, this Lotus Esprit Turbo S4 will certainly attract attention from keen buyers and enthusiasts alike.
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.