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  Lot 45
 

1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Sold for £19,125

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: F227 JYJ
Chassis No: SCC082910JHD13367

MOT: TBA

  • Presented in Blue with contrasting gold wheels and cream interior
  • Features power windows, central locking, electric heated mirrors, removable glass roof panel, glass engine cover, factory air conditioning and more
  • Recently subject to a cambelt service and comes accompanied with the service book, a number of previous invoices and the V5 document

In 1987, the Esprit was restyled by British designer Peter Stevens. Stevens, who would later go on to design the McLaren F1, produced a less angular, more rounded Esprit. Giugiaro is said to have liked the new shape, claiming it was perhaps too close to his original design. The exterior changes were accompanied by a redesign of the interior that gave more space to the occupants. The revised Esprit was not given a new "Series" number but is often called by its project code of X180.

Panels for the body were produced using a new process called VARI (Vacuum Assisted Resin Injection). This method, which was patented by Lotus, offered advantages over the previous hand lay-up process. Kevlar reinforcement was added to the roof and sides for roll-over protection. This also increased the Esprit's torsional rigidity by 22%.

Manufactured in 1988 and presented in blue with contrasting gold wheels and cream interior, F227 JYJ is powered by a Lotus 2.2-litre ‘Chargecooler’ engine and features power windows, central locking, electric heated mirrors, removable glass roof panel, glass engine cover, factory air conditioning and more. Subject to a front brake upgrade and OZ Route wheels, the car was recently subject to a top end overhaul including replacement head and head gasket. Currently displaying 71,541 miles, it is accompanied by a service book including 8 stamps, a number of previous invoices totalling approximately £15,000 and a V5 document. The vendor now rates the condition of the interior trim as “good”, with the bodywork, engine, electrical equipment, paintwork and transmission being described as “very good”.

Please note: F227 JYJ was subject to a replacement speedometer on 15 November 1990 at 12,528 miles.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks
andreas.hicks@handh.co.uk
07943584762

 

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