Colin Chapman would create an automobile that would have a long lasting effect in the world of motorsports and sports cars. The “first” Lotus by Colin Chapman was built in 1946; it was built to compete in mud plugging trials. In 1950 he won his first race at Silverstone, afterwards he decided to build a car that could compete in the 750 Formula in 1951. Successful racing in the ‘50s led to the need of a factory that could be used to assemble the new Lotus Elite. And the 1960s were no different; Jim Clark won two World Championships and also drove a Lotus 38 to victory at Indianapolis in 1965. Moving forward, in 1987 the Esprit was redesigned with special design cues from Peter Stevens and became available in America in 1988.
$23,100 USD | Sold
| Auburn, Indiana
Offered here is a yellow two-door SE (Special Equipment) coupe with a reported 27,000 miles. The interior is finished in black with bucket seats, a radio and a wood dash with a well-placed complete set of VDO gauges. The engine is a fuel-injected inline four-cylinder that is equipped with the mighty inlet “Chargecooler” (Lotus intercooler name) that pushes this engine to produce 264-hp. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The car is equipped with four-wheel independent suspension, air conditioning; power four-wheel disc brakes, steering, windows, locks, mirrors and sunroof. The aerodynamically sleek design is adorned with a low rear wing and strategically placed ducting.
This uncommon Lotus is presented in beautiful condition, and with its stout drivetrain is sure to be a performance match with many other mid-engine supercars. This Stevens-era car has always attracted attention and has the capability to dash to 60-mph in less than five seconds. “One look will tell you: there is nothing in sight.”