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Year: 1984

Manufacturer: Lotus

Model: Turbo Esprit

Country: UK

Peter Boita

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1984 Lotus Turbo Esprit

This Lotus Turbo Esprit is a 1985 model year car. It was built in 1984, and was specified with every factory option available in that year including the unique all-over White Out paint finish and the lift-out tinted-glass Targa roof panel with wind deflector, which is stashed in the factory-original handcrafted Lotus storage bag.

The Esprit has been cherished throughout its life, having always been stored in perfectly balanced humidity of around 50 percent to ensure that nothing corrodes and the classic 1980s Magnolia ‘ruched’ leather interior remains supple. When the current owner purchased the car, he diligently sourced various period accessories. As a result, the Lotus is accompanied by a red plastic Kingavon-brand petrol can, the 1985 issue of the famous Krooklok anti-theft device, the correct AA book for the period, plus various JPS-branded accessories such as a cleaning cloth, air fresheners, reflective door protectors and beach bag, not to mention a classic JPS Player cigarette packet. Of course, JPS was the sponsor of the Lotus Formula 1 Team at the time.

A cassette by contemporary group Shakatak sits ready to put into the (very pricey) Blaupunkt Toronto stereo cassette/radio. Interesting fact: the owner used to deputise as a drummer with this very band before Shakatak made the big-time.

The Esprit also sports its original tool kit and full service history from Lotus ‘guru’ Miles Wilkins. There are two sets of pristine keys on the correct Lotus Turbo keyring, and the full history from day one including Lotus Cars’ original build sheet. It retains all the original factory labels, warning, for example, “Close roof panel before opening T/gate”. It even has the factory tyre-pressure labels.

Featured throughout the Jeremy Walton book Lotus Esprit: The Complete Story, this Lotus has also been photographed for inclusion in the highly regarded Beaulieu Automobile archive. It has been diligently and regularly serviced and ‘exercised’ throughout its entire life, and as of 2020 it has still only covered just over 2000 original miles from new. Consequently, it remains in factory-fresh, time-warp condition.

Fettled diligently to ensure peak appearance, performance and pleasure, this pristine car starts ‘on the button’ every time. It has been a source of delight when taken out for lunch on the perfect summer’s day by the recently retired owner, who now intends to drive it much more often.

In 2019 the Lotus won the 1980 class at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace, and it also took the Most Original award at The Belgravia Concours. As the owner says: “It’s only original once!”


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