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this is a strange car,

its reg. in 1981, it must be a develomend car from lotus, as i read the ad.

but it has a 907 or 912 engine inside, (i think its a S2.2) and build over to turbo,

it has the rare compomotive, and the bumper from a essex, (without letters) and so on,


what do you guys think?


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I am selling the car due to lack of space. "











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Yes the one in the Book was type 79A this is Type 79B both development cars.

Its my car and I have run out of space but cant make my mind up whether to keep it or sell it. I think its a great thing for me to own but I need more room !

Its has many features that are unique.

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Let me know If you have a S1 esprit for sale 🙂

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I like to remember my car: Early Turbo Esprit S2 fuel Injection and Convertible


It is also a 907 2.2 Motor with Turbo and Injection and definitive from the same time range  and it is a prototype.

It has also already a galvanised chassis, 4 Sub wheels and inside it looks the same (still a shame).

But this car is still not accepted by Lotus


So prototype owners: we should exchange more Information.



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Hi Wolfgang

I dont think your car was a Lotus Cars created prototype that's why they don't recognise it. Many of the engine modifications on your car simply do not follow the engineering thinking of Lotus Cars at the time.  It might have been a prototype for the St Tropez conversions that had nothing to do with Lotus Cars themselves but were a company who bought the standard cars and converted them or perhaps another specialist coach builders conversion. It would be interesting to find out.

Cheers Michael

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