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1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Lot No.: 628

Registration: E464 CMR
Chassis Number: SCCO82910JHD13149
Engine Number: CP910880324722
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 2174
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Sold for (£): 13,500

As the 1980s progressed the Guigaro-penned lines of the Esprit Turbo were beginning to look dated. This prompted Lotus to embark upon a masterful in-house restyling by Peter Stevens at the end of 1987. This new "Stevens" Esprit Turbo was available starting with the 1988 model year. Mechanically the car was identical to the previous year and utilised the same 2.2-litre turbocharged engine as well as a revised four-wheel independent suspension.

‘E464 CMR' was supplied new in the UK on the 21st April 1988 and has had just 6 registered keepers, the previous since 2002. It has only covered a believed genuine 58798 miles as shown on the MoT in March 2014.

The comprehensive history file contains details of significant work that has been undertaken by the previous caring owners. In 2001 it was returned to Lotus in Norfolk to replace the chassis assembly and exhaust manifold. At this point the mileage covered was 52366.

In August 2002, the previous owner who was committed to maintaining it fully over the next 8 years, purchased it. In 2005 with the odometer reading 53057 the engine and gearbox were removed, stripped and rebuilt.

Offered today in excellent condition is a well-pampered Esprit Turbo. The body finished in the original colour of Monaco White shows no signs of cracking. The deep red interior has been re-connolised and wheels refurbished.

Having passed the last MoT with no advisories this example of British sports car history can be bought in confidence. Supplied with a Uk V5C, well-documented service history, many old MoTs, the original owners handbook and maintenance records.

Presented in arguably the best colour combination this stunning Esprit Turbo should always prove to be a head turner.