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Lotus Esprit 1978 (Series1)

With original Gearbox, Engine and Chassis; I bought this road going car as a rolling restoration and have done a considerable amount of work.

The car is fitted with a Lotus 912 (S3 NA) engine with the intention of rebuilding the original 907 engine having clocked 100,000 miles which was running when removed and is included in the sale (some parts have been bought in anticipation of a rebuild).

The engine swap was carried out in Feb 2013 and runs really well with very good torque however the car has not been dyno tested yet but has been driven.

There are some good mods on this car that will not be visible on the road. There are also things to do: It needs new door hinge bushes (SJ do this bespoke to each car) the crossgate cable is slightly loose but the transmission is good and the shifter is good so it\’s just the linkage mech.

These may be done by the time the car is sold as they are not expensive or major work and the car is running regardless.

The car does not have original paint, it was Monaco White from the factory but has been resprayed pearl white. New badges and decals that were bought in anticipation are included in the sale.

The interior is a pleasant grey leather which was originally Brown marcasite and cream interior, which will look amazing and a welcome respite from the green and red Tartan the Bond car was tastefully stripped of.

I have a huge history of work done to restore the car and given it\’s got all the original numbers – a potential value of £40,000+ when restored should give any buyer a lot of confidence to go in, with room for improvement, without compramise to the vehicles impecable heritage and appreciating market value.

The registration plate PPW 306K is included in the sale, originally registered SWS 13S, these are DVLA Reg numbers never issued to a car before.

The original mileometer returned to 000 recently giving the perfect opportunity of marking a restoration project with only a few hundred miles on the clock a potential show stopping car or collectors item without compromise.   

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