1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo For Sale

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Auction price:  
US $200.00
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Item Location: 
Escondido, California, United States
Exterior Color: 
Calypso Red
Coupe, 2-Door
Interior Color: 
Tan Connolly Leather
2.2Litre I-4, DOHC, Gas, Turbocharged
Number of Cylinders: 
5-Speed Manual
Drive Type: 
Rear Wheel Drive
Leather Seats, CD Player
Power Options: 
Power Antenna, Air Conditioning, Power Windows
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Description 1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Reluctantly parting with my 1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit. 

Classic wedge shape by Giorgetto Giugiaro and precision handling by Colin Chapman. Designed for long road trips, for high speed cruising in comfort and style. The perfect car for a long vacation or a sporting drive. Calypso red exterior over tan full Connolly leather interior. Exterior 2-stage finish is shiny with deep reflection. Interior leather has no cracks, rips or tears on seats, door panels, dash or rear bulkhead. Headliner and sun visors are defect free. The galvanized steel chassis is rust-free. Body is all fiberglass. The weatherstripping around all of the doors, windows and trunks shows no sun damage. It is soft, plyable, and seals all openings with no wind or water leaks.

The turbocharged 210 Hp DOHC 4-valve aluminum engine with Dellorto side draft carburettors and 5-speed manual transmission are in excellent condition. The carburetors are well balanced giving even running idle and smooth progressive operation throughout the engine's RPM range on the road. The turbocharger was factory tuned to provide the feel of a much larger engine. The engine pulls like a train all the way to redline. It does not consume oil between changes. The transmission shifts smoothly and the synchronizers are in excellent condition. The only operational modification from original stock on this car is the addition of a braided stainless steel line that has replaced the original red plastic hose between the clutch master cylinder and the transaxle mounted slave cylinder. All service is up to date with new timing belt and water pump in December of 2013. It has had regular (every 3,000 miles) oil changes under my 9 years of ownership. 

The front suspension has been rebuilt with new bushings, wheel bearings and brake pads this past May. The brakes have a firm pedal and work perfectly without pull, vibration or squeal. The rear brake pads have plenty of life remaining. The rotors (the car has four wheel disc brakes) are true and do not have any scoring. The tires are in good condition with no signs of uneven wear. There is no curb rash on the light weight alloy factory BBS wheels.  

The factory air conditioning was serviced this year and operates correctly. The power adjustable outside rear view mirors and power windows work properly as does the rear window defroster. The sound system has an upgraded Blaupunkpt AM/FM/CD head unit with six premium quality MB Quart speakers (two 4" mid-range speakers in the dash, two tweeters in the cowl panels ahead of the doors, and two 6" diameter drivers in the rear bulkhead). Original factory locations were used for the stereo head unit and speakers. No interior panels were cut or modified for their installation. All of the window glass is clear and free of pitting, scratches, stone chips or cracks. The windshield and its extruded aluminum trim were replaced last winter. The windshield wiper blade was replaced at that time as well.

The exterior was repainted in the original color using modern 2-stage materials prior to our ownership. The finish has a few chips here and there from road driving commensurate with the car's age. There a couple of the minor spiderwebs typical of all fiberglass bodied cars (one about the size of a quarter on the hood and in the A-pillar plinth adjacent to the windshield). Some settling of the paint is evident on the headlamps and nose, again commensurate with the age of the finish. Starshield clear vinyl protectant is installed on the nose and front chin spoiler. So there are no stone chips on the front end. The exterior finish, while not perfect remains very presentable.

Both front and rear trunks are in excellent condition. They hold enough soft luggage for my wife and I to take sufficient gear to support 2-week road trip vacations. Or to make the occasional shopping trip to Costco! The rear trunk carpeting is near perfect. The original and ununsed factory jack, wrench and spare tire are present in the front trunk. The gas struts for th==both the front and rear trunks were replaced at the beginning of this year. All locks and latches work smoothly and correctly.

This Turbo Esprit is a well maintained driver's car. It is not a garage queen. It is an unmolested driver. The car is driven regularly by mature non-smoker owners. As such the listed mileage is approximate since we continue to drive and enjoy the car and will do so until it is sold. It has never been accident damaged or tracked. It is always garaged and fitted with a sun blocker to protect the dash when parked outside. Everything on the car operates correctly. This car is fast, quiet, smooth and fully sorted. It needs nothing and is ready to drive anywhere.

The car is available for local inspection. Interested parties should contact me if they wish to have a PPI performed at the buyer's expense.

If you have any questions please call me at 760.403.5372 after working hours please (between 6:00pm and 10:00pm California time). If I don't answer please leave a message with name / return phone number and I will return your call.

The fine print:
Any bids submitted by persons with negative feedback or questionable history will be deleted unless cleared by seller via direct telephone contact in advance. The car is advertised elsewhere and I reserve the right to end the auction early if sold.

It will be the responsibility of the winning buyer to cover any and all costs of taxes, shipping and delivery. A non-refundable $1,000.00 deposit is required within 48 hours of auction close. Title transfer and delivery of the car will not be made until all funds are paid in full via cash or funds verified cashier's check. 

Note: This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller has made every effort to describe the vehicle's condition as accurately as possible and shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle.

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