1986 Lotus Esprit Turbo Coupé (LHD)
Lot 267
Left-hand drive, 24,160kms and single ownership from new,1986 Lotus Type 82 Esprit Turbo Coupé Chassis no. SCC082910FHH10606
Sold for £18,975 (US$ 31,893) inc. premium
Lot Details
Left-hand drive, 24,160kms and single ownership from new
1986 Lotus Type 82 Esprit Turbo Coupé
Chassis no. SCC082910FHH10606
Initial design work had commenced upon Lotus Project M72 for an extensively remodeled Esprit Turbo rear-engined coupé, as early as 1977. But the company's engineering commitment to the controversial De Lorean project delayed such developments until February 1980 when the Esprit Turbo prototype was finally unveiled at the Essex Lotus Formula 1 launch in London's Albert Hall.

First deliveries of the new Lotus Type 82 Esprit Turbo were then delayed until August that year. The new model was powered by a 2174cc Type 910 long-stroke engine, developed from the preceding 1973cc Type 907 unit. This 16-valve engine was equipped with dry-sump lubrication in road racing style, while mounted just behind the cylinder block and above the clutch bell-housing was a turbocharger from Garrett AiResearch in the United States. This boosted the enlarged 2.1-litre engine's power output to a quoted 210bhp at 6,250rpm.

With this impressive engine installed behind the cabin, the new Esprit Turbo became Lotus's 150-plus mph supercar.

Body styling for the Esprit family was by the charismatic Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and its basic shape remained unchanged in the Turbo model, apart from adoption of a new wrap-around front bumper and spoiler assembly, discreet side-skirts along each sill, a rear spoiler and a pair of engine cooling NACA ducts inset into the side skirts.

During the first year of Esprit Turbo production,we understand that 57 such cars were delivered to enthusiastic new customers. It was concluded that the Essex Petroleum livery was perhaps too garish for some would-be purchasers, although the deep recession of the early 1980s surely had much more to do with restricted sales of a turbocharged supercar...

In a bold move to boost general sales appeal the price was cut from almost £21,000 to £16,917. As the recession dragged on, so general Lotus sales remained depressed through 1981-82. However, sales of the Esprit Turbo headed in the opposite direction and the 1981 sales season saw 116 of these cars produced and sold. The following year, 1982, then saw a further 205 sales, no doubt augmented by the Esprit Turbo's starring role in the latest James Bond epic movie 'For Your Eyes Only'. By the end of production in 1987, Lotus Esprit Turbo production totaled 3,155.

This lovely example of the desirable Lotus Esprit Turbo was acquired new by Olav Glasius direct from Louwman's, the contemporary Dutch importer, and it was first registered for him in the Netherlands on March 28, 1986. It was originally invoiced for the price of 125,000 Guilders "...which was a special price, though it was still an expensive motor car".

Mr Glasius used the car occasionally, on high days and holidays, and its odometer reading of around 24,000 kilometres – some 15,000 miles- is believed to be absolutely genuine. This true recording of what is really minimal mileage for such a car – 26 years after its manufacture – is extraordinary and makes this one of the lowest-mileage Esprit Turbos known to have survived.

This one-owner car features a full leather interior. While it is equipped with radio aerial and speaker system no radio has ever, in fact, been fitted, Mr Glasius preferring to enjoy the song of the turbocharged engine, unsullied by radio reception...

This Lotus Type 82 Esprit Turbo is a one-owner example, offering extremely low-mileage plus the extra cachet of having been preserved for so long within the exceptional Glasius Collection.
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