Lot 165 - 1987 Lotus Turbo Esprit HC
|Odometer reading||69,403 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £33,000|
- 17 service stamps
- Desirable ‘HC’ example
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 Esprit 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 1st August 1987, this Lotus presents extremely well in blue with a beige interior and features a glass roof and original ‘Turbo Esprit HC’ side decals. This is a very good example both mechanically and cosmetically and has benefitted from dry storage. The paintwork is in good order and is complemented by a grey half leather half cloth interior. The cock pit area of this Esprit Turbo is a thing of beauty with great ergonomics. It is important that these Lotus’s are well looked after and this one certainly has been. The service book shows an impressive 17 stamps and the car is supplied with a V5C registration document together with a fresh MoT test certificate. To drive an Esprit Turbo is a great experience; the 2174cc turbocharged engine offers brisk performance coupled with good road holding and guarantees a fun drive.
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