A life­style choice

New Zealand Classic Car - - Price On -

Some­times, you make de­ci­sions you re­gret. Sell­ing a 1984 Lo­tus Es­prit Turbo be­fore mov­ing to New Zealand was one such de­ci­sion, ac­cord­ing to the owner of this car. He also sold a few other clas­sic cars be­fore mov­ing out here, but there must have been quite a lot of dust in the air the day that his Es­prit drove off in the hands of its new owner.

Luck­ily, he kept in touch with the new owner over the years, and, when he made noises about sell­ing and im­mi­grat­ing him­self, the op­por­tu­nity to buy the Es­prit back was a no-brainer. After a lengthy trip from the other side of the world and be­ing cleared by cus­toms, it was ready for col­lec­tion.

Re­vers­ing the car off the flatbed, the car’s once-again owner no­ticed green fluid un­der the car. First start up and the wa­ter pump de­cided to break. The joys of Lo­tus own­er­ship came flood­ing back, and this marked the start of a three-year (and count­ing) jour­ney to get the Es­prit back on the road.

The de­ci­sion was made to give the car a thor­ough once over, which has re­sulted in the en­gine com­ing out for a re­fresh, and the oil seals, coolant lines, and fuel lines be­ing re­placed, along with the bushes, brakes, and any­thing else that might be needed for com­pli­ance. Next on the cards is a car­bu­ret­tor re­build, sort­ing of the gearshift link­ages, and a bit of fet­tling to make it an en­joy­able driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. An in­te­rior re­trim in Gold Tan leather and re­paint in Lo­tus Rac­ing Green is on the cards once it’s me­chan­i­cally sound. The project is get­ting there slowly, and, hope­fully, this year will see the fi­nal push to­wards fi­nally get­ting it back on the road.

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