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Make: Lotus
Model: Esprit
Type: Coupe
Doors: 2 Doors
Year: 1978
Mileage: 55630
VIN: 77100505H
Color: White
Engine: Inline 4
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Other Color
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Santa Ana, California, United States

1978 Lotus Esprit 1978 LOTUS ESPRIT S1. MATCHING NUMBERS ENGINE. Additional Info:

Offered for sale, from KURT TANNER MOTORCARS, is this fairly nice and original Lotus Esprit. This car was recently purchased by us from a dealer in Sacramento, CA who bought the car originally from it's long term California owner. The car still retains it's original blue/yellow license plates and shows that it's been off the road in storage for the last 27 years, since 1992!

The body on this car looks very decent overall, with nice fitting panels, and no signs of accident damage anywhere. Paintwork appears to be older to the car and in very average condition, and looks to have been repainted only once. The car's original fiberglass body has acquired about 2-4 chips that could be professionally repaired for a good result. Overall, there is some typical light spidering in various places in the gelcoat, which can be attended to during it's next repaint. The front and rear bumper on the car could use replacement, as they are the original and have suffered in the California sunshine. The car still retains its 5 original, desirable Wolfrace alloy wheels.

The interior looks to have been re-trimmed in the past trying to keep the car's original pattern. It's currently livable and usable as is, but could use some tightening in a few areas. All of the window glass is it's original Triplex brand in generally very good condition, with a replaced "Safevue" windshield at some point. The car is missing some of it's rear window glass trim.

Mechanically, the engine is exceptionally clean and runs fantastic, with no leaks. The car's mileage seems believable. It starts nicely on the key with a battery and fuel gravity fed into the carbs. Oil pressure is excellent. There's zero exhaust smoke. The quattro valve cylinder head sounds nice with healthy clearances. It revs well and would only require a simple service/tune-up. The braking system and clutch hydraulics need a major servicing to make it roadworthy, as it's been I storage all of this time. The engine cover and partial air cleaner is missing, but can be sourced.

The car's underside looks quite tidy and clean.The chassis is in excellent condition and very solid, with no signs of rust or accident damage, being a California car. Also included is the original jack and handle in its factory bag.

Overall, this exciting, low mileage, desirable Lotus Esprit S1 Coupe in great colors, is a rare offering with only 718 examples produced worldwide from 1976 to 1978. It can be mechanically serviced and improved to be driven/enjoyed very soon in it's current condition, and later cosmetically restored. These early Lotuses are becoming more desirable as of late as collectors are realizing their scarcity, and this low mileage, California car presented for sale here is a wise investment going forward.

Please look at all pictures and call or email with any questions.

We will assist in shipping worldwide. The following prices do not include import taxes / fees, optional insurance, or additional fees charged by the export company. Shipping rates are$995 (small car) / $1,095 (mid size) / $1,195 (large) to the following ports: Bremerhaven DE, Southampton / Felixstowe UK,Antwerp BE, and Rotterdam NL. Shipping rate(small car) to Le Havre France is $1295

The description above is general in nature and not to be solely relied upon by buyer. Buyer is responsible to verify authenticity, matching numbers, condition, year, model, make, type, rarity, provenance, and all other relevant information. Seller does not make any warranties expressed / implied regarding the vehicle’s design, compliance with any manufacturer specifications or government regulation, mechanical operation/condition, safety, or any components parts. Seller makes no warranties in regards to vehicle’s mechanical road-worthiness, and Buyer agrees to perform a mechanical inspection/service before operation of vehicle.

This car is sold with a clear title and is available for inspection by appointment.

This car is located in Southern California,35 minutes (30 miles)from the Los Angeles Port of Long Beach.


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