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Lotus Esprit Turbo Dry Sump FYEO Essex Spec For Sale (1981)
|I am selling my beautiful Essex Spec dry sump Lotus Esprit Turbo which is basically identical to the one used in the James Bond movie as driven by the late sir Roger Moore "For Your Eyes Only" and is one of the very first production (24th) Esprit Turbos to leave the Hethel production line. Its the very early phase 1 version chassis number 0973, engine number 9012 build date December 1980 signed of production February 1981, 4 months before the Launch of the movie. I have a certificate of conformity from Lotus that this is only 1 of 3 Esprits, mine being the 2nd to leave the production line in Monaco White with the Essex Livery including the Panasonic roof stereo , Air con, full red leather interior and the Essex split rim Compomotives. I have tried locating the other 3 by contacting Lotus Archives and on the Lotus Forums dry sump register but they are either not registered or listed so this could be the only one left in existence, to have the James Bond L25 Monaco White dry sump with the Essex Interior is even rarer than the Tobacco interior. It was registered by Reg Vardy Group in 1981 as there demonstrator and transferred to his son John Vardy who registered it later that year private registration JV 5 who kept it until 1982 with recorded mileage of 4038 miles now registererd LVR912W, I have lots of receipts from my self and the previous owner the car has now covered just over 36000 miles, with vosa confirming regular (every year) MOT intervals over the last 11 years equating to just over 2000 in total miles. It has now been recommisioned by myself and the previous owner over the last 3 years including;|
Full engine rebuild in 2014 with Lotusbits Ltd (parts to do the build only)
New clutch( fly wheel skimmed)
New stainless tanks (safety issue)
New belts (cam, alt,oil etc)
New pipes all round
Alternator/starter motor reconditioned
Underside cleaned and undersealed
New brake pipes fitted all round
Brake callipers reconditioned
New mot till June 2018 no advisories as per previous year
Essex compomotives restored 2016
Carbs totally overhauled August 2017
Full body (windows out restoration in 2016) including all door and tailgate rubbers, decals, bumpers, mirrors etc
The interior has been professionally cleaned and detailed and looks like new.
As a whole you wont find a better one and with its rarity you wont find another especially not a For Your Eyes only dry sump in this condition with all the goodies attached, roof stereo etc and COP from Lotus to confirm this, this is in a different league to the others advertised. Only investors and Lotus enthusiasts will now this, it even has the original Good Year 1980's tyres on it, obsolete nearly 30 years ago, it has new carpets(Black) which need changing as the COP says Red and a few other minor things apart from that its finger licking good and a good tax free investment if your a private buyer as this will only go up and up in value and a one in a life time opportunity and the only dry sump Esprit turbo on the market in the world advertised at present (to the best of my Knowledge)
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