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Obtaining factory build details?

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I want to find out a bit more about my Esprit.

 

In particular, the car's build date and how close it was to the end of Giugiaro production.

 

It seems to have a very late VIN number, which is later than at least one of the Limited Edition turbos, despite my car being a standard Turbo HC.

 

It was only registered in August 1987, so must be one of the last.

 

The VIN ends 12544.

 

Can anyone provide me with a point of contact?

 

Cheers,

 

Pat

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I'm pleased to report that Andy Graham at Lotus Cars was very helpful, and here's what I found out:

 

I had thought that my Esprit must have been one of the very last Giugiaros, as it wasn't registered until August 1987 and has a later chassis number than at least one of the Limited Editions.

 

The records show that it was actually the 5th from the last Giugiaro Turbo built.  This includes the Limited Editions, so most (if not all?) of which were built before mine.

 

My car turns out to be the very last G Turbo built in Monaco White.

 

An interesting and worthwhile investigation.

 

Cheers.

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Did not realise they had it down to that finer detail Pat. Does that mean they know the chassis number of the very last G car?

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Yep, I'm sure that it does.

 

When I'm next near a scanner, I'll post a copy of the letter I received.  It's pretty interesting reading.

 

P

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Ok, here we go.

 

This is a copy of the letter which accompanied my dating certificate....

 

Cheers,

 

Pat

 

 

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Brilliant detailed information for a car that is almost 30 years old - thanks for sharing!

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Nice one Pat! Yes alot more detail then i received when I first bought mine some 20 years ago...... I guess someones finally catalogued the archives at Group Lotus then!

Thats the first time I have seen confirmation of the number of HC Turbos - 136 including the Limited Edition ones......

Rare beasts indeed then! I think 2015 may be time to dust off my old girl!   :smoke:

So I read that then that SN 12551 was the last ever Giugiaro Esprit?

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