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1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Lot 30 (Chateau Impney, 10th July 2016)

Estimate
£14,000 - £18,000
 

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Lot details
Registration No: XHP 185
Chassis No: SCC0829103HG13217
Mot Expiry: June 2017

- Reportedly 1 of just 252 Lotus Esprit Turbo (X180) cars made from 1987-1991

- Built to special order complete with bespoke interior and various delete options

- Cambelt service by Paul Matty (Nov 2015), 69,700 miles, V8 GT wheels, Janspeed exhaust, fresh MOT

Lotus are understood to have made just 252 examples of the Esprit Turbo (X180) from 1987-1991. Styled by Peter Stevens of McLaren F1 fame, the revamped model was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds and 152mph. According to accompanying copy factory correspondence, chassis SCC0829103HG13217 was supplied new by Randles of Stoke-on-Trent to Richard Haywood Esq. of Turbo Construction Ltd, Gwent. A special order car finished in Mediterranean Blue with Blue / White leather upholstery, its build specification also included a glass sunroof, normally aspirated-style tailgate / engine cover and air-con not to mention the absence of any Turbo badges, ashtrays or side stripes. Further customised in more recent years via the addition of uprated disc brakes, Esprit V8 GT wheels and a Janspeed exhaust, the two-seater has also been treated to fresh brake pads (2015), a cambelt service by marque specialist Paul Matty (2015, circa 250 miles ago) and new coil springs / Gaz dampers (2016). The extensive history file contains an original handbook, brochure, old MOTs dating back to 1991 and numerous invoices. Road registered as 'XHP 185' and displaying some 69,700 miles to its odometer, this smartly presented, special order Esprit Turbo is MOT'd until June 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: The vendor forgot to renew this lot's MOT certificate which expired last month. However, he has arranged for the car to be MOT tested by local firm Paul Matty Sportscars on behalf of a new owner.

 

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