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Lot 202: Lotus Esprit 2.2 Litre

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The Lotus Esprit was built by Lotus between 1976 and 2004, as well as a future release in 2013. The silver Italdesign concept that eventually became the Esprit was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1972 as a concept car and was a development of a stretched Lotus Europa chassis. It was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro's polygonal folded paper designs.

Originally, the name Kiwi was proposed but in keeping with the Lotus tradition of having all car model names start with the letter E, the name became Esprit. The S2.2 was produced as a stop-gap model from May 1980, almost identical to the S2 but with an enlarged 2.2 litre type 912 engine used. Importantly, the S2.2 also introduced the use of a galvanised chassis. These cars are extremely rare even among Esprits: according to Lotus, only 88 were produced in its thirteen-month production span.

This lovely genuine example in Juniper Red has spent the last 20 years in dry storage; hence the car has only covered a mere 25,000 miles since new. The present owner has brought the car back into circulation with a fresh MoT and is now presented in wonderful original condition throughout. A truly iconic British sports car which is as stunning today as it was when launched 40 years ago.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number202
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberHCL 609Y
Chassis numberSCC085912CHD11429
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2