This 1983 Lotus Turbo Esprit is #44 of 50 “INVESTOR’S EDITION” Cars that were specially designed and built to bring Lotus back to the American Marketplace. All but a few of them were painted this (Chrysler) two-tone silver with specific hand painted badging on the driver’s door, customizable silver plaques imbedded in the steering wheel, specifically trimmed interiors, and removable – venting glass sunroofs which would not become available on any other Esprit for another few years. Additionally, each car’s engines and chassis were blueprinted (sadly, this paperwork is no longer with this car). This car has just turned 36,000 and has been meticulously maintained – especially by it owner previous to me who is one of the country’s most respected Esprit experts and resources for information regarding the cars. Recent work – mostly under his stewardship includes:
It’s all tuned up and the belts are fresh – most importantly being the timing belt that was replaced with the top-of-the-line GATE’s BLUE BELT which allows for significantly increased duration in time and mileage before requiring replacement. The timing belt tensioner was rebuilt at that time as well. Water pump and front main seal are reported to have been done during these services as well. Valves clearances were checked and deemed correct. We addressed some ignition timing issues and a new vacuum capsule was made for the distributor and put in a new coil and wires. Went through the distributor and replaced the internal seals, the bushings are all still tight. The distributor has been re-curved by Lotus Cars USA so the timing is no longer by the book. It’s currently set to the LCU recommendation which is still conservative. All fluids have been flushed and filled. The timer module for the engine venting is non-operational and replacements are no longer available. This piece was strictly an attempt at aiding in emissions reduction by venting excess heat over the carbs. It does not have any influence over engine performance. The A/C needs charging and scheduled to be done the week of Sept 13th.
They went through the suspension and motor mounts and replaced any worn rubber. The passenger side Sway Bar bushing has already started to crack (these are known to fail regularly on these cars, but are also the easiest bushing to replace). The front dampers were just replaced with new OEM style units from SJSports Cars who commissioned them to be developed. The front calipers have been rebuilt. The wheels were removed and resurfaced, polished and balanced. Tires are OEM sizes are all four corners and all Pirelli. They have excellent tread depth and no sign of weather-checking. Original unused spare is still in front trunk.
To the best of my knowledge, all lights, and indicators are functioning. A new BlueTooth stereo with phone mic and rear-view camera was recently installed. This came with new rear speakers mounted in original spaces and with original covers. Fronts are disconnected. Glass is all excellent. Paint is well above average with minor chips, spider webbing, and a few areas of failing clearcoat. Worst spot is peeling from base of driver’s side view mirror. Leather was replaced by a P.O. in original style and red piping. It is well above average with a couple of scratches and minimal shrinking. Factory security alarm was decommissioned years ago.
This car looks and runs brilliantly! It’s an excellent example of early 80’s Super/Sports Car performance and style. It is for sale – AS IS / WHERE IS with no warranties expressed or implied. P.P.I. is welcomed by appointment at buyer’s expense