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    Lotus Turbo Esprit - 1982 Motor Show Car (1 of 2), Lotus Turbo Esprit - 1980 White FYEO spec (1 of 4) (SOLD)
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  1. Seen between Frant Road and Mount Ephraim I was in Ice Blue Turbo Esprit
  2. I'm looking for a full spare set of keys too but would like to get originals if at all possible. This is what my current set consists of Ignition - Curtis AA-3 / USA. Key code BLxxxxN Doors - Wilmot Breedon FT / Made in England Fuel cap - Dominion Lock (DL) WS11 / Made in Canada Boot - HD / BL/RO (this is the same shape as the ignition key. Online sources seems to show AA-3 and BL/RO and related) I know Lotus made the most of sourcing parts from other manufacturers but to have keys (and therefore locks) made in 3 different countries of three different shapes and sizes seems a bit unusual. I'm therefore wondering if my keys are replacements cut from any available blank. My 1977 Daimler has different door, ignition and boot keys and they are different shapes and sizes too but at least they are all Wilmot Breedon and follow a logical coding system that it is easy to find replacements for.
  3. YAH 855X is 1249 1308
  4. 11271 incase you haven't figured that out already.
  5. Can't believe I hear you're thinking of selling!
  6. @Lex Templar yes I am, I cover all the wedge Lotus' now. Have got 172 Elite, 245 Eclat, 1553 Excel and 4005 Esprit with varying amounts of data from just reg and chassis number up to full build record. I haven't been on here in a while as I also have a Jaguar/Daimler XJC register and with a bit of spare time during lockdown have been learning to build a website for all the data. I aim to do something similar to this for the wedge Lotus' eventually. Take a look at work in progress here and what data a Lotus site might have: Here is what I have in terms of Esprit, split by vin sequence formats S1 - 173 S2 - 227 S2.2/S3/Turbo - 1619 X180/SE - 1034 S4/SE/S300/S4s/V8/GT3 - 509 V8 SE/V8 GT/GT3/S350 - 443
  7. But shouldn't it be something like 79080790G rather than 10790? MPW 81V was 79110854G. Unless it was car built in November 10790 suggests its a 17 digit VIN car which doesn't make sense
  8. are you sure it wasn't 10890? 790 would have been a pre vin chassis number and therefore not prefixed with a 1. This should also make it a late S2 not even a S2.2 From what I've read and heard from various sources including Andy Graham Lotus referred to D10858, D10859 + D10860 as development cars and D10895, D10896, D10897 + D10898 as Pre production.
  9. 0 - Lotus never did a JPS Elite or Eclat
  10. Does anyone have contact details for Angus Watson? I have the 1982 Motorshow Turbo Esprit and have been trying to identify the Elite, Excel and S3 on the stand from that year.
  11. There were different sequences for different markets so not necessarily. Given where you are located your 12 digit will probably not be a D which means there were another 9 built in the sequence after yours.
  12. Yes I've only ever seen it referred to as brown by Lotus. Their interior colour names have never been that adventurous so Tobacco would be an anomaly. I wonder if it has been confused by the very rare exterior paint colour Tabac
  13. For the UK there were 135 or 136 HC Turbo and 45 HC NA. These numbers I have got from certificates issued by Andy Graham. European LHD numbers were significantly lower than UK throughout production so I would guess at 10-15
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