Lot 72 (Chateau Impney, 9th December 2015)
Registration No: C759HMC
Chassis No: SCC082910FHD12181
Mot Expiry: April 2016
- 1 of 1,537 examples made and last registered keeper for 22 years
- History file dates back to 1990 @ 17,021 miles (now showing 41,200)
- Maintained by Lakeside Engineering since 1996, last cambelt change 2013
The Turbo Esprit unveiled in 1980 was effectively a new car with completely fresh galvanised chassis. The engine was increased in capacity to 2174cc which, together with a Garrett T3 turbocharger, resulted in an output of 210bhp - sufficient to endow the slippery-shaped Lotus with a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds and top speed of over 150mph.
'C759 HMC' is one of just 1,537 such Esprits made and was looked after for its previous keeper, David Preston of Ilford, by Barry Ely Sports cars. The supercar's current registered owner acquired it in November 1993, when it was indicating 29,000 miles (the odometer now reads 41,188), for 19 years of which it has been maintained by marque specialist Lakeside engineering of Addlestone, Surrey. Notable bills include: 22/10/2004 @ an indicated 38,222 miles - new water pump and head gasket £1,903.13; 27/11/2008 @ an indicated 40,094 miles - new fuel pump £538.77; 25/6/2013 @ an indicated 40,589 miles - cambelt and auxiliary belts replaced, brake master cylinder overhauled £1,613.63; 28/10/2014 @ an indicated 40,879 miles - cam carriers overhauled, oil service and other fettling £3,298.02. The Lotus is presented in Red, features a Sand-coloured leather/cloth interior and rides on period-correct BBS alloy wheels. An apparently very genuine, well-maintained example.