1992 Lotus Esprit SE 2.2 Turbo For Sale

£30,000 Or near offer

Price £30,000Or near offer
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lotus
Model Esprit
Year 1992
Mileage 88,000 Miles
Country United Kingdom
Region Yorkshire
Town Wakefield
Telephone 07715 590992
Status Private
  27-Nov-2021
Ref C1405593
First registered in December 1992, the iconic Lotus Esprit SE 2. 2 Turbo 'High Wing' created a striking silhouette, with its wedge-shape and wide body. Noted for its excellent weight distribution and balance, this turbocharged 2. 2-litre car, with its mid-engine, rear wheel drive layout and low slung, two-seater position emits all of the pure supercar traits you’d expect. This SE model is notable for being the first Lotus to be charge-cooled and produced 264hp, hitting 60mph in 4. 7 seconds and a stated 165 mph top speed; impressive performance numbers for its day which all contributed to making it the best-selling Esprit of its time and, naturally, the most expensive.

The modest mileage is backed up by MOT history which runs until September. Around 8, 000 miles ago a full restoration was carried out in the owner’s care and was completed by South West Lotus Centre. Extensive documentation will be provided with the car which supports the following work completed:

1. Engine rebuilt by South West Lotus Centre
2. Gearbox dismantled and serviced by Transmission specialist
3. Resprayed in original Monaco white
4. Reconditioned Turbo
5. Sports exhaust fitted and de-catted
6. New headlights
7. New aluminium radiator
8. Aluminium header tanks
9. New Air Conditioner / charge cooler heat interchange
10. New lower front bumper
11. New fog lights
12. Suspension links (except trailing arms) powder coated
13. Steel braided brake hoses
14. New clutch slave cylinder
15. Steel braided clutch hose
16. EBC brake pads
17. Reconditioned oil cooler radiators
18. Upgraded stereo
19. Alarm & tracker
20. Restored leather interior
21. Recarpeted interior
22. Wheels refurbished
23. New and uprated fuel injectors.
24. New exhaust manifold
25. Uprated clutch
26. Fuel tanks shotblasted repaired and powder coated
27. Adjustable springs and dampers
28. All suspension links upgraded with poly-bushes
29. Most recent service in October 2021 with a new battery, air and oil filter, engine oil change and spark plugs replaced

This is a truly special car to look at, let alone drive… with its super wide body and rear tyres providing exceptional levels of grip and a turbo-induced soundtrack, you’re urged at every turn to push on. The lack of driver aids, power steering and anti-lock brakes combine to provide a ‘pure’ driving experience which is hard to find on modern counterparts. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, despite the Esprit’s decidedly supercar looks, this is a car which provides undeniable, old-school supercar comfort on the road.
The drama you’ll experience while driving it is maximised as you look in the rear-view mirror, only to see the enormous wing; reminding you what a special car this is to own. From the first moment that you find yourself at speed, pulling through the gears with the turbo whooshing in your ear, you’ll wonder what took you so long to own one of these.

With such limited numbers of these hand made cars produced – and this being the special edition ‘High Wing’ variant – this is an incredibly rare, well-maintained piece of British car history. Correspondingly, prices only appear to be going upwards making this a great opportunity to enter the classic Lotus world or add to a collection.
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