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1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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£18,495

  • Mileage38,079
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine2.2L
  • LocationShaftesbury

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1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo

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Introduction

Jacob Boodrie
Professional Consigner

The Lotus Esprit was the flagship of the British brand at its point of production

The fastest Lotus of its time with a sleek exterior and a simplistic interior, oh… and pop-up headlights – Peter jumped at the chance of driving one. He has owned it since brand new and has given so much care over the years and will be sad to see it go. A beautiful low mileage example – please read more about Peter’s journey.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Jacob after meeting Peter the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Peter is a fantastic guy. In the ‘On the Road’ video, he tells us that he is the only owner of this vehicle and bought it back in 1989.

He has used it fondly over the initial years as his primary car but needed to get a larger, more practical vehicle that suited his lifestyle. It then ended up in his parent's garage for some years – rent-free!

Our consigner Jacob felt really comfortable in the passenger's seat as Peter took him around his local area in Dorset. We would like to say thank you to Peter for being such a pleasure and we can’t wait to find the car he has loved for the last 30 years a new home.

We are sure Peter will be sad to see this car, go, but he desperately wants someone to get in miles this car truly deserves.

Peter
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Exterior

All credit must go to Peter here. The overall condition of the car looks to be in excellent condition.

Wheels and Tyres

The car is fitted with excellent condition original Lotus alloys. These are paired with Pirelli Cinturato P1 195/60/15 tyres on the front and 235/60/15 on the rears. Please see the images to see the full condition.

Bodywork

The bodywork is in excellent condition and is a testament to how Peter has cared for it over the years. It also has established ‘turbo’ decal around the body. The bumpers were made larger from its production predecessor giving a ‘meaner’ look.

Paint

Peter had the Esprit resprayed to a beautiful shade of black – this compliments the aggressive bodywork superbly. It is showing no signs of degradation – we are really happy with it.

Glass and Trim

Please review the photos of the windscreen. There is a slight crack – however this passed it’s MOT as a minor defect. The trim of the car is in excellent condition.

Interior

We at Trade Classics absolutely love the interior of this vehicle – it screams everything good about the 80’s and is beautifully simplistic. There are limited electrical features that allow you to focus solely on driving.

Seats and Carpets

Both the seats and carpets are in great condition – the leather has been maintained well under Peter’s ownership and shows no sigs of degradation upon our initial inspection.

Dashboard

The gauges and interior are in very good condition, as can be seen in the media file. The large profile of the dashboard will make you feel in control of this sporty machine. It is worth noting that the rev counter is a replacement (the original had a matching white needle). Peter has the original unit that we understand could be sent for rebuilding if someone wanted to get back to the original look.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Both are in excellent condition with no issues. Both original. There is a beautiful ‘Turbo’ decal in between the gear stick and stereo.

Mechanics

As the turbo kicked in you start to really hear what this car is about. Please watch our ‘On the Road’ video to experience being in the passenger seat.

Engine and Gearbox

The car started first go from cold – (see the cold start video). The engine soon settled into a smooth tick over. Peter didn’t give it enough revs and cut out, but as you can see on the second attempt – there were no issues. The Esprit Turbo was fitted with a 2.2L engine. As Peter smoothly changes through the gears, you can hear no issues that jump out in this respect.

The Drive

The car really drives great. As the turbo kicks in Jacob said he was impressed being in the passenger and was excited to see and hear more of the car’s potential.

Suspension and Brakes

Please watch the video to see the car accelerating, steering and stopping. The brakes worked really well when stopping – presenting themselves with no extra noises. The hard suspension produces a slight rattle along the country roads of Shaftesbury.

Electrics and Other

The electrics on the car work just as expected and Peter assures us that this is still the case after our inspection. We cannot get over the pop-up headlights – working well and a thing of the past you will never get back with modern cars. There is a really good history of the car that Peter has recorded over the years and details all electrical faults that have been fixed by local mechanics.

History and Paperwork

Peter has owned this car all of its life with a great recorded history of all MOT’s and adjustments.

All major faults noted on the car have been fixed right away meaning Peter has really cared for this vehicle. During 2015, after Peter had not driven it regularly for some years, the car underwent a major service that fixed and replaced many parts of the vehicle.

Please see the images below to review all the paperwork that comes with the car.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
09.10.2019 MOT & Cam Belt 38,064
22.05.2018 MOT 38,053
08.05.2017 MOT 38,023
02.10.2015 Service 37,895
Key Details
  • ModelEsprit Turbo
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date16.06.1989
  • CC2174
  • Mileage38,079
  • HistoryVery Good
  • ColourBlack
  • Interior ColourBlack / Grey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #SCC082910KHD13450
  • Engine #CP910881125592
  • Last Service02.10.2015
  • MOTPass - Due - 10.2020
  • HPi ClearYes - Clear
  • Former Keepers0
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandPirelli Cinturato
  • Tyre Age2015
  • LHD or RHDRHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned30 Years
  • Key FeatureCondition - One Owner







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Sims Craig
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Sims Craig

Good evening,

Is the Esprit still for sale?

I am interested as with a few others thus if you can get back to me asap would be appreciated.

Many Thanks.
Craig (Mob 07940099865)

Steve
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Steve

I am interested in this Esprit. I would like to view the car and chat to the owner as soon as possible.
My name is Steve. I live in Newbury. I will pay by bank order or cash which ever is preferable.
My details are
Tel, 07881820471
Email, stevestt10@gmail.com.
Kind regards
Stephen Street.

Duncan Pattinson
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Duncan Pattinson

What is the reserve for the car to be sold?

Kulraj Salh
Admin

Hi Duncan, the car didn’t sell at auction, and is now available for £19,995. Please feel free to give us a call on 01926 426 635 to discuss further.

Duncan Pattinson
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Duncan Pattinson

Many thanks
Tried calling no answer
please private message

Stew Cobden
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Stew Cobden

Hi Is the car still for sale

Peter Dyer
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Peter Dyer

Hello, what is the lowest cash offer that is acceptable for the car.
Kind regards
Peter

a1j8
Member
a1j8

Hello Peter, sorry to see Reserve was not met, I am interested in the car, may I ask what you were after? thanks, Alex

Adam
Admin

Morning Alex – I’ve just dropped you an email… look forward to hearing back from you soon. cheers adam

longman
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longman

great write up trade classics. very thorough. might get you guys to sell a car for me.

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