Auction Ended:

Tuesday, 29 December, 2020 - 20:00

Lot Status:

Sold

1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo

The new Giorgetto Giugiaro designed Lotus Esprit was launched at the 1975 Paris Motor show, and in line with Colin Chapman’s obsession with weight saving, weighed less than 1000kg. It was a striking mid-engine two-seater with superb handling; however, the main drawback was the 2.0l naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine (160 BHP for European cars and 140 horsepower for US spec cars). In 1980 Lotus introduced the 2.2l engine and began experimenting with Turbocharging with the limited production Essex Turbo (Essex was the title sponsor of Lotus at the time). Power output increased to 210 horsepower. These Essex Turbo’s featured a new Giugaro designed aerodynamic package with a rear lip spoiler, louvered rear covers, a deeper front air dam and air ducts in front of the rear wheels.

The Lotus Esprit occupies a special place in popular culture with a white 1976 Lotus Esprit starring in “The Spy Who Loved Me” James Bond film as an amphibious car driven by Roger Moore. A second appearance in a Bond film (For Your Eyes Only) was made by a 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo with ski racks fitted for its appearance in Cortina.

This Example:

This 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo is a rare dry sump model (the last dry sump car to leave the factory) that preceded the introduction of the wet sump series 3 Lotus Esprit’s and has the same 2.2l turbocharged engine and chassis as the Essex edition cars. It has only covered 61 031 miles since new and has just had extensive mechanical refurbishment which included:

  • A complete engine rebuild
    • New bearings
    • Valves
    • Belts
    • Pistons
    • Rings
  • Rebuilt turbo
  • New clutch fitted
  • New gear linkage bushes
  • Rebuilt steering rack
  • New rear wheel bearings

This represents a rare opportunity to secure a sorted example of an iconic sportscar of the 1980’s

It is available for viewing at the Crossley & Webb showroom in Gardens Cape Town.


Bidding

Bidding Information - 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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Start Date:

Tuesday, 15 December, 2020 - 12:00

End Date:

Tuesday, 29 December, 2020 - 20:00

Followers: 13

Time Left

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Quick Facts

Reference: LOT-000042
Seller: Private
Year: 1981
Manufacturer: Lotus
Model: Esprit Turbo
Derivative: Dry sump
Service History: Partial
Mileage: 61,031 Miles
Engine Size: 2,200cc
Engine Type: Inline four cylinder
Fuel Type: Petrol
Transmission: 5 Manual
Layout: Rear engine - Rear wheel drive
Power Output: 210 BHP
Exterior: Red
Interior: Black

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