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The Lotus Esprit is a sports car that was built by Lotus in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2005. The silver Italdesign concept that eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1972 as a concept car, and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s polygonal “folded paper” designs. Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed, but in keeping with the Lotus tradition of having all car model names start with the letter “E”, the name became Esprit.

From 1996 the Esprit V8 used Lotus’ self-developed all-aluminium, twin-turbocharged (Garrett T25/60 turbos) 90-degree V-8, Code-named Type 918, in front of the Derek Bell developed and uprated gearbox that overcame a lot of the gearbox problems with a much thicker single piece input shaft. The Type 918 engine was detuned from a potential 500 bhp (373 kW; 507 PS) to 350 bhp (261 kW; 355 PS) to prevent gearbox damage. In period tests, zero to sixty miles per hour came in at 4.4 seconds and top speeds of over 175 mph (282 km/h) were achieved

It’s with great regret that I am selling my 1999 V8 Turbo, first registered 15/09/1999 the car spent its first 10 years in the UK before residing in the Toulouse region of Southern France where it remained.  Finished in Lotus Racing Green with Black leather, this vehicle has a comprehensive history folder from both the UK and france and has covered a mere 62817 miles with a full engine rebuild at 51000 miles.

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One of my previous V8's.  Odd advert, but if anyone want info on the car I'll be happy to help.

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1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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The green V8 was the one I put up a while back, surprised that it hasn't gone yet. I know that  @Jack Stone had an interest. Jack - the Sport 350 looks like a really good deal and as Mike S has previous on it I would seriously look at that...

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

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Unfortunately the V8 didn't work out for me, Alan. 350S looks interesting but I'm now closing in on "something completely different" - an Elan Sprint!

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But remember one thing: don't lose your head to a woman that'll spend your bread: Lotus Turbo Esprit (89-11); Lotus Esprit GT3 (12-14): Lotus Evora S (14-17); Lotus Esprit V8 SE "UK Last 15" (18-...) Lotus Emira FE I4 (2024...)

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7 hours ago, Jack Stone said:

Unfortunately the V8 didn't work out for me, Alan. 350S looks interesting but I'm now closing in on "something completely different" - an Elan Sprint!

Well, that really is a VERY different car  :o

1996 Esprit V8, 1998 Esprit V8 GT, 1999 Esprit S350 #002 (Esprit GT1 replica project), 1996 Esprit V8 GT1 (chassis 114-001), 1992 Lotus Omega (927E), 1999 Esprit V8SE, 1999 Esprit S350 #032, 1995 Esprit S4s, 1999 Esprit V8 GT (ex-5th Gear project), 1999 Esprit V8SE ('02 rear)

1999 S350 #002 Esprit GT1 replica

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