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Offline flamestone

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Ok Esprit experts, what's the story on this early model stuff?  This one has been for sale for quite a while, so is it over priced, too fragile, too expensive to maintain, or just not that desirable compared to other models?

Just curious at this stage as I've run out of space for more cars right now.  But I love almost anything designed by Giugiaro, so...

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?R=9678776

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Last Modified Date    6/04/2011
Vehicle    1987 LOTUS ESPRIT S3
Price    $30,000*
Kilometres    107,000
Colour    Black
Interior Colour    Sand
Transmission    5 speed Manual
Body    2 door 2 seat COUPE
Drive Type    Rear
Engine    4 cylinder Unleaded Turbo 2.2L (2174cc)
Engine Number    CA910880124572
Reg Plate    XZC 958
Reg Expiry    OCT-2011
Road Worthy Certificate    Yes
Vehicle ID    9538289
Brief Comments    Turbo Esprit HC in excellent condition.
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Last of the Giugiaro designed cars.



Imported from the UK.



Rebuilt by UK Lotus Specialist PNM Engineering (including new chassis).



Recent work includes:



- all new belts

- oil change

- coolant change

- new clutch release bearing

- reconditioned water pump

- new thermostat

- exhaust manifold studs replaced

- waste-gate reconditioned

- reconditioned fuel sender

- timing adjusted and carburetors balanced

- new sunroof seal

- new tires

- new CAT exhaust for ADR compliance (original exhaust now fitted)



Full leather interior.



Comprehensive history and import paperwork (import approval & VASS).



CD parts list and workshop manual.



Original Owner's Handbook.



Certificate of Provenance from Lotus Cars.



Clarion head unit to be fitted.



An excellent example of this classic car.



Comes with original sales brochure, a 1/18 AutoArt replica model and various Lotus Esprit books.



No.77 in Top Gear's Top 100 Sexiest Supercars.



Own the most striking looking Esprit!




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Is that possibility the eBay Esprit from last year???



* Edit - no it's not........



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It's not that far away............




I can feel a tyre kick'n coming on.................



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It's not that far away............




I can feel a tyre kick'n coming on.................

Well yes, that is one way to satisfy my curiosity.   :D



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Just waiting for Andecorp to drop in.........



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From the pics it looks mighty clean inside and out for its age.
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From the pics it looks mighty clean inside and out for its age.


+1 Engine bay looks really clean!!!



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The HC is the best Giugiaro Esprit.

But, this is high mileage and import. Good reason for people to say away regardless of price, so it will take a while to sell.
Also, new chassis??
You make something idiotproof, they'll make a better idiot.



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this is high mileage

But these are relatively low stressed engines aren't they?  100k is still a lot, but surely not near terminal if serviced regularly?


Also, new chassis??

Major accident repair?  I can't think of any other reason for a big job like that.  Or was this the era of chassis cracking after a few kms?



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But these are relatively low stressed engines aren't they?  100k is still a lot, but surely not near terminal if serviced regularly?


Major accident repair?  I can't think of any other reason for a big job like that.  Or was this the era of chassis cracking after a few kms?

The engines are very good and reliable. But that is a lot of mileage on UK roads!
Chassis' were galvanised from 1985, so no issues there.
You make something idiotproof, they'll make a better idiot.



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