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1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo
1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo
IMG_7411 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7401 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7404 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7405 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7408 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7410 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7418 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7419 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7420 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7421 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7422 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7423 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7424 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7426 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7427 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7428 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7429 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7430 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7431 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7432 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7433 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7434 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo IMG_7435 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo


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Estimate: £14,000 - 17,000
  • V5 Present
  • MoT Oct 2022
  • Chassis number: SCC082910JHD13051
After the launch of the Giugario‑designed Esprit in 1976, the next major development was the introduction of turbocharging in 1980, initially in the Essex Turbo Esprit. In 1987, the very angular Esprit was redesigned by Peter Stevens ‑ later to pen the McLaren F1 ‑ with a shape that closely followed Giugario's lines, but added a few softer, more rounded edges.

This striking red 2174cc Esprit Turbo is one of the Stevens models, and was registered in April 1988. Its MoT is valid until October 2022. The vendor tells us that it had three former keepers before being purchased by Cooper Hirst Auctions in 1998, with the title transferred its owner Richard Hirst. Unfortunately, all its documentation was destroyed in 2008 when there was a fire at the auction house's premises in Chelmsford. However, a letter from Richard Hirst's son in 2017, included in the paperwork, states that he believes the car was regularly serviced when in use, and had a history supporting this. It spent around nine years in dry storage, while under Hirst ownership.


After the vendor acquired the Lotus in 2017, it has mainly been SORN in dry storage. The mileage ‑ currently reading 39,962 ‑ is believed to be correct, but can't be warranted.

Included in the paperwork folder is the current V5C, correspondence between Richard Hirst's son and the vendor (including some photocopies of newspaper reports regarding the Chelmsford fire), and recent bills such as work to renew the pop‑up headlamp mechanism (£394.38 in September 2021) and a new radiator, shock absorber and brake parts, plus other sundry items (£1794.00 in March 2018) and headlamps (£342 in 2016). There's also 2008, 2016 and 2018 MoT certificates plus Kenwood CD player instructions.  

While the body shows some signs of age, and there's some wear to the beige leather interior, overall the Lotus presents well. The driver's seat has lost some of its support, and the driver's external door handle can be temperamental.

PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO PRODUCED 12TH OCTOBER BY ACA OF THIS CAR.
After the launch of the Giugario-designed Esprit in 1976, the next major development was the introduction of turbocharging in 1980, initially in the Essex Turbo Esprit. In 1987, the very angular Esprit was redesigned by Peter Stevens - later to pen the McLaren F1 - with a shape that closely followed Giugario's lines, but added a few softer, more rounded edges. This striking red 2174cc Esprit Turbo is one of the Stevens models, and was registered in April 1988. Its MoT is valid until October 2022. The vendor tells us that it had three former keepers before being purchased by Cooper Hirst Auctions in 1998, with the title transferred its owner Richard Hirst. Unfortunately, all its documentation was destroyed in 2008 when there was a fire at the auction house's premises in Chelmsford. However, a letter from Richard Hirst's son in 2017, included in the paperwork, states that he believes the car was regularly serviced when in use, and had a history supporting this. It spent around nine years in dry storage, while under Hirst ownership. After the vendor acquired the Lotus in 2017, it has mainly been SORN in dry storage. The mileage - currently reading 39,962 - is believed to be correct, but can't be warranted. Included in the paperwork folder is the current V5C, correspondence between Richard Hirst's son and the vendor (including some photocopies of newspaper reports regarding the Chelmsford fire), and recent bills such as work to renew the pop-up headlamp mechanism (£394.38 in September 2021) and a new radiator, shock absorber and brake parts, plus other sundry items (£1794.00 in March 2018) and headlamps (£342 in 2016). There's also 2008, 2016 and 2018 MoT certificates plus Kenwood CD player instructions. While the body shows some signs of age, and there's some wear to the beige leather interior, overall the Lotus presents well. The driver's seat has lost some of its support, and the driver's external door handle can be temperamental. PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO PRODUCED 12TH OCTOBER BY ACA OF THIS CAR.
  • V5 Present
  • MoT Oct 2022
  • Chassis number: SCC082910JHD13051
Estimate: £14,000 - 17,000

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