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1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo Low Miles Great Condition Right Color Low Reserve Look

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Date: 2014-03-27

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1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo Low Miles Great Condition Right Color Low Reserve Look for sale

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View Our Other Listings | Contact Us | Print this listing 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo Low Miles Great Condition Right Color Low Reserve LookGREAT LAKES CLASSIC CARS1128 Lexington Ave Bldg 5 Suite ARochester. NY 14606Call Us Today(800) 510-3797Ask Us A Question

 Vehicle DetailsYear: 1985Make: LotusModel: EspritVIN: SCCFC20A7FHF60602Stock Number: E-0100Mileage: 46696Transmission: ManualEngine: 4 Cylinder. 2. 2 LExterior Color: BlackInterior Color: TanTitle: Clear Description 1985 Lotus Esprit TurboUp for auction is this beautiful 1985 Lotus S3 Esprit Turbo with well recognized "JPS" (John Player's Special) badging. Let's just call it a fine example of a Lotus S3 Esprit Turbo. There's no mistaking the lines and performance abilities of these 1980's Supercars. Roger Moore as James Bond drove them in more than one movieSharon Stone looked beautiful in oneJulia Roberts in Pretty Woman drove one "as if it was on rails. "1985Just to name a few. Many others have owned and or sat behind the wheel of these unique cars. This particular Esprit is a two owner vehicle originally from the sunny state of Florida. Very well maintained and in Great condition. Good looks and performance to spare make driving this Lotus lots of fun! Thumbs up and many nods. Body is in great shape and paint has plenty of shine. (repainted once before due to fading from Florida sun)Interior is also in good shape. (seat covers have been replaced by newer matching mesh cloth)Wheels are in excellent shape clean and bright!Tires are like new. Have many receipts and documents in which shows major recommended maintenance and service to turbo completed within the past two years. This car has always been stored indoors and it shows based on the cleanliness of the undercarriage and overall condition. Low miles. 2. 2L TurboJPS Colors and EmblemsExtremely LOW Production numbers make it an instant rare automobile. No disappointments on this Lotus.   a small article copied from wikipedia below.  Turbo Esprit and S3 (1981)Third generationProduction1981–1986Model years1981–1987Engine2. 2 L type 912I4
2. 2 L type 910/910S turbo I4Transmission5-speed manual transmissionWheelbase2. 40 mm (96. 1 in)Length4. 25–4. 90 mm (166. 3–168. 9 in)Width1. 60 mm (73. 2 in)Height1. 10–1. 20 mm (43. 7–44. 1 in) 

By the close of 1980. Lotus were effectively building three different models of Esprit. with distinct chassis designs and body moulds - the Domestic (i. e. UK) S2. 2. the Export S2. 2. and the dry-sump Turbo Esprit. Introduced in April 1981. the Turbo Esprit and S3(Series 3) Esprits marked a necessary consolidation: both new models had a common chassis. inheriting much of the configuration of the Essex cars. whilst body production was based on a single common set of moulds.


The S3 continued to use the 2. 2 L type 912 engine of the S2. 2. 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. [8]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; the S3 gained the more substantial bumpers. yet retained the simpler sill line and glazed rear hatch of the S2. 2 body style. Both models were supplied with 15" BBS alloy wheels.


For the 1985 model year. the S3 and Turbo underwent some slight alterations to the bodywork and to the front suspension. [10]

  1987 Turbo Esprit HC 

In April 1986. the final incarnations of the Giugiaro-styled Esprit were announced. with raised engine compression giving rise to the 'HC' moniker. This increased the output of the naturally aspirated engine to 172 hp (128 kW; 174 PS) and 160 lb·ft (217 N·m) for the Esprit HC. and to 215 hp (160 kW; 218 PS) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m) for the Turbo Esprit HC. with the increased torque available at a lower rpm. [11]

1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo (North America) 

For markets with stringent emissions requirements (mainly the United States). Lotus introduced the HCi variant. teaming the higher compression engine with BoschKE-Jetronicfuel injection and a catalytic converter- the first fuel-injected Esprits. This engine had the same peak power as the carburetted version. but at a somewhat higher engine speed. and torque dropped to 202 lb·ft (274 N·m). [10]




a small article copied from www. lotusespritworld. com



Esprit     Production Figures

I have managed to get hold of the Factory Excel Spreadsheet     of figures for Esprit Production from 1976 to production end. This is the same file one could find on a standing deskin the factory. used to keep a record of production numbers. It's not     perfect. as it doesn't give figures for every different model. but does give     a yearly figure for most of the different engine types. You'll see what I     mean as you read on.

These figures are the closest you'll get to finding out the     official numbers of Esprits made. At the end of production in February 2004. nbsp;    Lotus had made only 10. 75 Esprits over a 28 year period with an average of     only 381 Esprits made each year. Remember. that figures for the whole world. nbsp;    with Esprits being shipped from Norfolk to Europe and America.

Only when you start looking at the production figure to you     real see just how rare Esprits are. Consider that the most made in one yearis 1058 in 1988. Which is low. but considering over the rest of the 26 years. nbsp;    yearly figure only topped 500 on 5 occasions and with these numbers spread     across the world. I'm surprised anyone's ever seen one!

10. 75 Esprits that have been made in total. we would have     lost quite a few from crashes. engine fires and generally wear. I guess there     are only around 9. 00 Esprits in the World. A truly rare automobile.

Production of the Esprit finally finished on     20th February 2004 when the last car was past from Production to Sales

YearLotus           Esprit ModelsEsprit
N/ATurboHCPIGMP4INTRCLS4S300S4sV8V8GTS350GT31976*134           1341977*580           5801978*~553           5531979~474           4741980~8057          1371981~^185116          3011982^160205          3651983^84343          4271984^104418          5221985^12726262         4511986^72136246         4541987#78186198         4621988176387375120        1058198990103 121563       87719902251 8698       7791991 9 3113       1251992 1  17241     1781993    6223325     3201994     339301    3701995     468331    3851996     3 30260  263191997       51752 972791998        14299 603011999        1233539132102000        171488 2222001        81201 1012002        157   1572003        119   1192004        16   16 2919227488125216086256436712372044219610675

* = Esprit N/A Series 1
    ~ = Esprit N/A Series 2
    ^ = Esprit N/A Series 3
    # = Start of X180 Body Shape (Peter Stevens)

Turbo– Cars with Turbo (Garratt T3) and Dell'orto     Carburettors (early cars had twin 40's and later cars had twin 45's)

HCPI  – Cars with Turbo and Bosch     'K' Jetronic Fuel Injection (compression ratio was increased hence the HC)

GMP4 – Cars with General Motors (GM) Fuel Injection     (Delco Electronics ECU)
GMP4 – Similar Engine spec to HCPI but with     more sophisticated control system to meet stricter USA emissions requirements     
GMP4(has     on board diagnostics ability)

INTRCL– Cars with GMP4 Injection and fitted   with an Intercooler (water to air) to increase Power.

From Lotus
    'As for production figures for HC Giugiaro we are    looking at a figure of 308 which will also include Bosch injected cars but    it is  difficult to give an accurate breakdown of how many were non injected. '

Esprit's imported to North America through Lotus Cars USA. nbsp;    Inc total as follows:

1997 = 132
    1998 = 95
    1999 = 113 (Esprit V8)
    1999 = 8 (Sport 350)
    2000 = 91
    2001 = 97
    2002 = 100
    Total = 636 (Dave Simkin. Lotus Cars USA)

I'm currently trying to find out why the chart only has a     record of 42 Esprit Sport 350's being built. I was under the impression that     around 54 had been produced. I will update when I get an idea of which figure     is correct.

Essex Production Numbers
Information from Lotus Cars Ltd

Essex Commemorative Lotus Esprit Turbo
45 Cars were built / used as Essex Units
UK Spec. – 31 Cars (4 Development. 4 Pre. Production & 23 Production)
Export Spec. – 14 Cars (3 Development & 11 Production)
No USA Spec. Cars were produced.

Sport 350 Production Numbers
Information from Lotus Cars Ltd
The original Proposal was to build no more than 50 cars (to keep the model       exclusive) All the unique parts were ordered to a maximum of 50 (this included       enough of some parts to satisfy Service needs where necessary) Production     build totalled 42 cars.

I can confirm this as we ordered 50 sets of 'AP Racing' Blue Front Calipers.        At a stock check earlier this year we had 8 sets in stock subsequently used       on some Japanese spec. cars. The last of which goes on line next week. I       also confirmed the figure by checking the Engine build records:- Between       30th Nov. 1998 (first engine) and 24th Jan. 2000 (last engine) 42 Production       engines were built plus 1 for Service stock.

So in all 42 genuine Sport 350 cars were produced at the factory.

UK Registered Esprits
(Source: DfT 2004) by Carl Charlesworth

Since looking at the production figures for the Esprit I was fascinated      to know how many are actually left on UK roads. In my case. the S4. I knew      that it had to be a lot less than 300. After joining the Lotus Esprit forum      recently I decided to pull my finger out and do some chasing around to      see what was available. After a week of chasing around different contacts      I finally got a useful response from DVLA with a contact number on it.       I called them up and spoke to a very helpful chap. After some initial confusion      on exactly what figures I wanted he said he understood and still believed      he could provide the information I required via email in a couple of hours.       Sure enough a few hours later I received the email with the following stats.
      I did not provide him with the Esprit types. he was able to list the different      versions he had registered.

      These are the DVLA numbers of Lotus Esprits registered in the UK during    2004.

Lotus Esprit397Lotus Esprit Turbo386Lotus Esprit Series 31Lotus Esprit Turbo SE103Lotus Esprit Turbo21Lotus Esprit S Turbo4Lotus Esprit Turbo S494Lotus Esprit Sport 3007Lotus Esprit S4s56Lotus Esprit V8 Turbo172Lotus Esprit GT3107Lotus Esprit V8-GT89Lotus Esprit Sport 35025All Lotus Esprit vechicles1462Source: DfT 

My thanks and credit to Mr M. Gray Aguye at DfT for the getting the figures    together.

LEW's Verdict
      As you see the figures don't really add up. Only 1 Esprit S3 registered        and taxed in 2004 seems a little low. We don't know the exact requirements        for a vehicle to make it into these numbers. but we guess. that the vehicle        needs to be taxed and have a valid V5 document. We also believe that some of the S3's may have something different on there V5        document. Either just Lotus Esprit. or maybe under turbo. Any UK registered        S3 owners might like to email        uswith what their Esprit has as make and    model on there V5. This may help us get to the bottom of these figures and make a little more sense of them.

The total number of UK Esprits is very low. but probably won't included      some cars that are currently off the road being fixed or having long-term      restoration and may not include Esprit currently with dealers. who may      not have re-tax while in the showroom. Having said that. it's not likely      to really bump the numbers up too much. So we seem to be looking at under      1800 Esprits in the UK at present. That is unless your all driving around      untaxed!!!!

Unfortunately there aren't any figures to how many of the 10. 65 Esprit stayed in the UK. A high percentage where shipped to the US and some ended up in Europe. So we are unable to work out if this number is realistic or not. But just think of your Esprit as a little rarer than you thought!

Lotus Esprit World has been contacted by both S2 and S3 owners who have checked  their V5 documents and found it to just read 'Lotus Esprit'. So it seems the  figures could be more accurate than we first thought.

We'd still like all UK Esprit owners to check their V5's and see what      their Esprit is listed as. If it's different from what it should be. please      email LEW.




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 Features & Options

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

5-Speed Manual

AM/FM Stereo

Air Dam

Air conditioning

Alloy Wheels

Body Side Moldings

California Emissions Compliant

Center Arm Rest

Center Console

Cloth Upholstery

Compass/Temp. Gauge

Coolant Temp. Gauge

Courtesy Lights

Front Bucket Seats

Front Spoiler

Ground Effects

Interior Hood Release

Leather Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power windows

Radial tires

Rear Defroster

Rear Spoiler

Rear-Wheel Drive

Sport Steering Wheel



Tinted Glass

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