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Year: 1999

Lotus began delivering the Esprit in 1976 and the final examples of the

10,500 units built didn’t roll out of the production halls until 28 years

later in 2003. Its extreme, yet classical and timeless wedge shape was

based on design proposals by Giorgetto Giugiaro and didn’t undergo a

major facelift until 1988.

The low vehicle height of just 1.12 metres is also extreme and makes it

appear incredibly fast, even when stationary. Most Esprits were fitted

with 4-cylinder engines with a 2 or 2.2-litre displacement.

From 1996, the Esprit could also be ordered with the newly-developed

3.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Approximately 1,500 buyers now found themselves equipped with car engines on a par with the super sports cars from famous Italian car manufacturers.

The exterior is finished in the striking combination of Azure Blue with Gun Metal Grey, 6 spoke O.Z Racing wheels. Along the side and to the rear there are various decals celebrating Lotus and even a Colin Chapman signature to the rear.

The interior is striking with the door cards and Carbon Fibre Bucket seats being trimmed in Magnolia leather with blue Alcantara inserts, the seats have V8 embroidered to the top and the door cards have the Lotus Emblem to the centre. The rest of the interior is finished in black leather and carpet throughout.

To the road, power certainly is not in short supply with the 3.5 litre V8 twin turbo engine producing 345 hp, and as ever the lotus has the handling ability to support this power.

I purchase a centre Stainless steel exhaust from PNM Engineering in august of 2019 and the car sounds awesome. We also refreshed the wishbone bushes, gearbox and engine mounts.

It has had a 17 dealer services as stamped in the service booklet. A major service was carried out in July 2019 which include Cambelts, tensioners and idlers totalling £1600. It has just been serviced on 16th June 2021 at a cost of £1100. This was also when the MOT was done.

A video of the car can be seen here.

I say in the video that they are full leather seats.  That is incorrect they are leather and suede!

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