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Hello everybody,

I have an Esprit SE High Wing (1992) since last year.

Now my questions are :

How do i know if it is a real High Wing ?

How many where made in total ?

Where do i find this information ?

I looked already at "" but could not find it.

Thank you very much for your help.



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Make a note of the chassis number and e-mail that over to Lotus or your local dealer.

From that they'll be tell you if it s a genuine High-wing or an after-market adaption.

Unlikely to be the latter because they were not that popular. Not many people liked the position of the wing.

I think there numbers were very low, less than 50 from memory, again for the same reason.

Wing Commander Dibble DFC<br /><br />
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Being a fan of the SE (as it's the last groundbreaking Esprit they made, once they made sub 5 seconds with the chargecooler every Esprit they made from then on was an SE variant IMO)), i can tell you i have seen with my own eyes:

Highwings with leyland doorhandles.

Highwings with S4 doorhandles.

Highwings with SE door cards.

Highwings with S4 door cards.

Highwings with SE sills.

Highwings with S4 sills.

And even a highwing with instrument pods in the A pillar as a factory S4 prototype idea.


Very much like the sport 300, some have more SE parts and some more S4 bits.

Like the man says, only the chassis number fired back at the factory will 100% confirm it.


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