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Saw this on eBay from my Esprit feed (@Bibs, has the TLF bot been turned off, nothing on here from mid December?)

LOTUS ESPRIT V8 SE SPORT MIGHT PX

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Looking at the photos something is not quite right about it - I had better call the British Transport Police - so out of curiosity I had a closer peek. This is not criticism of course, just observations, being something of a V8 nerd. If it isn't "original" that's fine by me.

First up, it is not a V8-SE but a V8-GT. Model Year 1998 specs are:

98 M.Y. Esprit V8
Esprit V8; VIN: w 5408 plus 5374, 5382, 5385
As previous with following principal changes:
Restyled interior with compact instrument binnacle, new
centre console and tunnel top.
Four instrument set, new tell tale clusters, Elise style
push switches. Deletion of boost and oil
temperature gauges and time clock.
Cobra 6422 security system with remote operation.
revised interior climate control system, with rotary
selector switches and electro-pneumatic flap
operation, Stepper motor water valve. New face lever
gas strut for tailgate. New low effort clutch release system with new
hydraulic cylinders and rigid pipe. Revised
clutch fork and stiffer alloy clutch housing.
V8: Revised twin cable gearchange mechanism
dispenses with translator. Modified transmission
selector cross shaft. New Kelsey-Hayes EBC 430 anti-lock brakes
electrohydraulic control unit. Single fuel filler.

Esprit V8-GT: January ‘98
Esprit V8-GT; VIN: W 5442
As Esprit V8 with following principal changes:
No rear aerofoil.
Long type rear body spoiler.
Matt vinyl interior trim.
No a.c. (compressor retained for belt routing).
V8-GT decal in rear quarter window

It has the decal and the longer rear transom and of course the updated small binnacle interior. Factory options look like:

- Leather SE seats (GT had S350 vinyl type?)
- Air con

"Not quite right" mods:

- 96/97 AWI six spoke wheels instead of OZ Saturns, I muchly prefer them anyway!
- Front indicators inverted
- Bee sting aerial missing
- 96/97/S4s rear wing, interestingly one of the pictures shows it without (although this might be a different car):

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Misinformation:

Safety Features: Alarm, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS), Driver Airbag, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Immobiliser, Passenger Airbag

Nope!

  Interior/Comfort
 
: Air Conditioning, Auxiliary heating, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Power-assisted Steering (PAS), Power Locks

Erm, no..!

However the price, looks very attractive at £27k for a low mileage V8, but there are a few riders on that which would make me rather wary:

YEARS MOT 34K MILES FROM NEW ,LFSH ,THE CAR IS ON THE VCAR AS A CAT D ,WAS HIT ON THE OFF SIDE FRONT WHEN THE CAR WAS A YEAR OLD ,.THE CAR WAS FULLY REPAIRED AND BEEN ON THE ROAD EVER SINCE .IT STARTS DRIVES AND STOPS AS IT SHOULD .THERES NO DOUBT THOSES LOTUS ARE ONLY GOING ONE WAY IN PRICE AND THATS UP THE WAY ,SO IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A INVESTMENT ITS BETTER THAN MONEY IN THE BANK , THE CAR HAS A LITTLE CRUNCH IN REVERSE AND EVERY ONE SAYING IT NEEDS A CLUCH ,SO I HAVE A NEW CLUCH KIT AND A TIMING BELT FOR IT, CAN SUPPLY AND FIT FOR NEW OWNER FOR EXTRA .THE LOTUS IS STILL DRIVING GOOD THE CLUCH IS NOT SLIPPING

Just the one timing belt then? You pays yer money and makes yer choice I guess!

 

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I tempted fate...now my Esprit V8 IS in bits...(sob)

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Like you I like the wheels, awful long way for me to visit mind being in the South West, I like the solid roof but would be weary of the crunching box.

Thanks Alan as wasn’t aware of most things you picked up on.

Dave :) 


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Ah, good spot Dave. I think the solid roof was standard on the V8-GT ilo of the glass one for weight saving (it is quoted as being 40kg lighter than the 96/97 V8 and 98-01 V8-SE). That along with skinny seats, no aircon or rear wing.


I tempted fate...now my Esprit V8 IS in bits...(sob)

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