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    Jay Brookstone
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    2003-1/2 Lotus Esprit
  1. Esprit V8 Final Edition Chassis Number (VIN): SCCDC08253HA10545 Engine Number:LL918040131237 (signed by Jason Lane) USA Import Date: May 15, 2004 (last Esprit imported) Current Location: Manhattan Beach, CA Yellow with black interior Former Arnie Johnson/John English Lotus company car Jay Brookstone
  2. I have the last new Esprit shipped to the USA, in May of 2004, #10545. This was Arnie Johnson's/John English's former company car. It now resides comfortably in Southern California where it is driven and pampered. No mods, period. Pictures and history are here: And in the February 2007 issue of THOROUGHBRED & CLASSIC CARS, in the article on the Last Crystal Cove Meet Does it work? So far. To quote a favorite SoCal tune... "It has 8 cylinders and uses 'em all. Got overdrive, just won't stall."
  3. Not only my 2003.5 FE, but also my youngest son asleep in the passenger seat with a Lotus cap on!
  4. Accidentally discovered the Cal and options menu for the odometer to my 2003.5 Esprit FE. This should be the same VDO speedo used on 1999 and up Esprits. To activate the menu, switch the ignition to on them immediately press and hold the Trip Odometer select button. "PULSE" will appear in the ODO readout, and if you wait, some sort of routine will execute ending in "P6170". If you press the button again, before the routine executes, "ADJUST" will appear and if you press it again "AUTOCL" will appear. Waiting on AUTOCL will cause "BUTTON" to appear. I did not experiment further, since
  5. I have a 2003.5 Esprit FE. According to the shop manual (which really seems to stop in 1997 for the engine section, EMM) there are two OBD II ports, one near the battery in the rear and one under the passenger side dash in the front. I've found and used the rear connector to scan the ECU (Auto XRay EZ- Scan 6000). But after alot of digging and poking under the front passenger dash, no OBD II connector has been found. The SIR and Alarm connectors were present (and the tire monitoring system CPU and alarm CPU). I'm interested in knowing if persons with post 1998 Esprits ha
  6. Hmmm... Hi Shah, Hey Gonzalo... and other Espritophiles. One more US Esprit. 2003.5 Final Edition V8. Yellow with black interior. The last Esprit imported to the US, according to Customs records. Not the last built, though, according to Lotus records (that would be Denis' car - also yellow). Link to gallery: Jay
  7. Hmmmmm. An Esprit is probably the LAST car I'd try to crank up to 750-1000HP. Too delicate. Too hard to find parts. Too rare to trash. For that, I'd go with a Viper, as a good friend of mine did. Broken parts are much easier to replace (and he's broken plenty), the the engine is much more robust (and heavy), and the transmission is, too. Plenty of 'em around to play with. Or with a Mitsu EVO, which is really heck on wheels, right out of the box. Lots of engines available, lots of performance shops sell parts. Not too pricey. AWD. I like the Esprit for the whole package - the fact
  8. Hmmmm. Hate to disagree with Slade... but the southern California freeways do empty out at times. Rough roads, though, that can get you airborne at 140 MPH or better, due to uneven overpasses. That said, 140 MPH in a 2003.5 V8, only car on path, done casually, no downshift, full tanks & with passenger. So easy it was scary. Oh.. Also launched the car for about 50 feet, just a little bit off the ground. So... what does the Esprit top out at? The Sport 350's and FEs won't hit the rev limiter until about 185+ MPH (7400 RPM). So... is top speed drag limited? I have a 1999 Road &am
  9. During a stay at the Hyatt Regency on the Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, this week, I spotted a red/tan 1997 V8 Esprit, series number 65352, CA reg. (last 4 digits) J235 on Thursday. The car was parked outside, in front from at least 10 AM to 6 PM, next to a Porsche Turbo S and had a custom center-exit exhaust that cut through a modified rear valence. Tires were Michelin Pilot Sports. Clearly a daily driver, more than 30K miles, I'd guess, but still attracted attention. People were asking "What is it?" Jay
  10. Hey, Otta: Avon Connecticut? Small world. Started out there many years ago. Have friends there still. Still return to East Haddam (very close to the Goodspeed) for 1-2 weeks in the summer. Been quite a few places since. Now living in a Los Angeles beach city. Used to road race along Rt. 9 (when it was fairly new and untravelled) in a 240Z. Thanks for the Optima battery recommendation. Best Regards, Jay Brookstone
  11. Just posted an image of my Esprit in the "Garage" Paul: Thanks for the invite - I'll take you up on your offer and register. Best Regards, Jay Welcome! We have a great Esprit community in OC/LA area (see and meet each Saturday at Crystal Cove just South of Newport Beach (7-9AM). Register on the SCLC site and we'll keep you posted to any local LA/OC events. Cheers! Paul [
  12. Johan: Maybe you could get a few MPH more by removing that blonde from your windscreen! I assume she's duct-taped on? (Sorry, just couldn't help myself when I saw your Blonde-equipped leopard Esprit) Jay
  13. According to my 2003.5 manual (I assume your 2002 will be similar), the OEM battery is a Tungstone 088, 570 SAE amp battery with 100 reserve minutes. Length: 154 mm, Width: 175 mm, Height: 206 mm. The battery in mine is in fact the OEM Tungstone. I'd line to replace it with a spiral-wound Optima unit. Anyone know which one fits? Also, I've take to using a "Battery Tender Plus" to restore and maintain a charge on this and my other low-use vehicles. Though small and only of 1.5 amp capacity, this little wonder will restore and hold a charge on even older, weakened batteries. High
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