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1986 Lotus Turbo Esprit HCI 50k Miles, Fully Serviced
This Glacier Blue 1986 Lotus Turbo Esprit HCI (High Compression Injection) is a beautiful example of the iconic British exotic car. This classic Lotus features a dark blue leather interior and is in superb condition.
In 1986, only 454 Turbo Esprits were produced (according to my research) making this a truly rare car. If you appreciate the stunning and dramatic lines that Guigiaro penned, then this is the car for you. In addition, this car has only been driven 50,000 miles and has been meticulously maintained and serviced. Car also features a built-in Cobra radar detector (front and back) in case you feel the need for speed. Vin # is SCCFC20A5GHF60857.
In March 1986, at the Geneva motor show, the Turbo HCPI (HC = High Compression, with Petrol Injection) was unveiled. The compression ratio had been increased to 8.0:1, maximum boost pressure was up, and not only was this the first Lotus to use injection — the familiar Bosch K-Jetronic layout — but it also had a catalytic converter in the exhaust system. The packaging engineers had done their best to make the cockpit more roomy, for the seats had been widened and lowered, while the footwell area had been enlarged. Not only was the engine more powerful and more torquey than before, but the chassis had been improved with wider-section tyres (195/60s at the front, 235/60s at the rear), while there was a new front spoiler and a larger radiator intake. To drill home the message this car also had HCPI decals. The ‘Rest of the World’ derivative of this car, titled Esprit Turbo HC, was put on sale in October 1986. It shared the same high-compression head of the HCPI, but retained its Dellorto carburettors and was not fitted with a catalyst. Like changes made to the normally-aspirated Esprit at the same time, the latest HC also had an uprated cooling system and adjustable-rake seats. It was a more expensive car than before - £24,980 in the UK, which was an increase of £l,540 on the original type. Compared with the earlier Turbo there had been a 10 per cent torque increase, which made an immediate and obvious difference to the performance. When Autocar tested the car in 1987, it was summarized as: ‘In many areas ... a very practical supercar ... a remarkably satisfying device with which to cover long distances quickly. But with many less expensive sportscars now offering similar performance, the Lotus begins to look a little less attractive than it did three years ago. The same cannot be said for its styling, however, which remains truly exotic.’
Vehicle Condition - - I have not personally inspected or photographed this vehicle. I am relying on the pictures and descriptions provided by the seller. I can tell from speaking with the owner that this Lotus Esprit Turbo HCI has been lovingly and expertly maintained. This is a wonderful example of a classic British Supercar.
Please note that the car is located in Nyack, New York. The seller invites and encourages any interested party to come out and inspect the car personally or have it inspected by a third party. Seeing will surely be believing.
I have shipped many classic American and German cars to Europe. It is very possible that this great Lotus will find its way back to England or other European country. I welcome European interest and will be very glad to assist in making arrangements to have this car shipped safely across the ocean.
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This item is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied unless there is a warranty in effect from the factory. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item.