Tuesday, November 17, 2009

1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo

If I am ever asked to list my top 10 favorite body designs, this car will be on that list.

The Esprit was introduced in 1976. It was one of Giorgetto Giugiaro's "folded paper" designs. At the time it was a very modern looking car, but as time went on it started to look dated.

In 1987 Lotus introduced the Peter Stevens styled Esprit. While virtually every piece of the car was new, it retained the feel of Giugiaro's original design. It was a masterpiece. The basic look of Stevens' Esprit remained in production until 2004, when the Esprit line was discontinued. It looked as beautiful in 2004 as it did in 1987.

The Esprit Turbo is a 4 cylinder car that gets to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds. That was a remarkable time for a 4 cylinder car back in 1987, and it's still extremely competitive today.

Like so many other exotic cars I've written about, maintenance is a must on an Esprit and parts are expensive. It is also not an easy car to work on. Besides the cost of parts, it will cost you more in labor as there is more time involved in doing even some of the simplest tasks. As "The Official Lotus Esprit Fact File" website says, "accessibility to various engine components involves dismantling of 20 unrelated components that just happen to be in the way".

This car is being offered for $19,500.00. The seller describes it as "near perfect" and judging by the pictures, that's not an exaggeration. The car has just 17,000 miles on it.

Located in Walnut Creek, CA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

One of the reasons I wanted to write about an Esprit again (I wrote about one in June) is the "The Official Lotus Esprit Fact File" website. Every time I look at it I realize just how good it is. It's an enthusiast site, but it gives an honest description of the car and it includes it's minuses along with the pluses. It's fun to read even if you don't own an Esprit. Find it here. (Beware... There is some music that comes on when you first enter the website. Turn down the volume.)

A little useless trivia: According to one website, the name Kiwi was proposed for this car, but in keeping with the 'E' naming format of Lotus tradition, the name became Esprit... Thank god.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I purchased this car about 4 years ago. Now has 18.5K miles. Still smells new inside.