ONE of the great Lotus sports cars — a 1992 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE High Wing
ONE of the great Lotus sports cars — a 1992 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE High Wing — is the star of a summer auction, writes Nigel Wigmore.
One of two original factory press cars, the Esprit will be auctioned at Classic Car Auctions (CCA) on Saturday, June 18, at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre in Leamington Spa.
In the year that Lotus celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Esprit, the sale is a good opportunity to acquire an important example of this model.
This rare “High Wing” variant will be up for sale with an estimate of between £22,000 and £26,000.
A right-hand drive manual example, finished in Calypso Red with leather interior, the car is described as being in very good condition, with just over 59,000 recorded miles.
The High Wing was the only model produced by Lotus in 1992 after the final run of the Elan. It sported the Esprit&rsquos most radical wing to date, along with a revised front bib increasing the top speed to 165mph.
With a repackaged interior providing additional space, only 64 examples were produced — making it a model rarely seen on the market today.
The current owner describes the car as the most rewarding Lotus he has ever driven.
Included in the car&rsquos documents file are an MoT certificate valid until December 2016 and a Lotus “Certificate of Vehicle Provenance”.
Guy Lees-Milne, general manager at CCA, said: “We&rsquore huge fans of the Lotus Esprit, which perfectly encapsulates Colin Chapman&rsquos philosophy of ‘simplify, then add lightness&rsquo in a supercar package.
“At CCA we specialise in offering special ‘everyman&rsquo classic cars. This Lotus, with an attractive guide price, definitely fits the bill and will provide the new owner with a whole host of fun. The June Sale is our biggest to date with over 160 cars for auction, and we welcome fans of all the marques to come along and invest in a classic to love and enjoy.”
For more information, visit www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/lotus-esprit-ex-motorshow-car