Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

Lo­tus’ own-brand all-al­loy twin-cam en­gine came in three guises: two-litre (type 907) and 2.2-litre (Types 910 and 912). If cor­rectly looked af­ter, they’re stronger than leg­end might have you be­lieve. Six-fig­ure mileages are not un­com­mon. Reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing is key.

In­sist on start­ing a car from cold. If the ex­haust starts blow­ing, the man­i­fold is prob­a­bly cracked. That isn’t un­usual. Head gas­kets were a cause for con­cern with the Esprit in pe­riod, and they can be a prob­lem to­day, so a prop­erly-func­tion­ing cool­ing sys­tem is key. Check to see if the pipework – of which there is plenty – isn’t rusty. This sys­tem will be a pain to fix, oth­er­wise.

The trans­mis­sion used in early Esprits was sourced from the Citroën SM. This means re­place­ment parts are ex­pen­sive, if you can find them at all. Also, you need to check that ev­ery­thing works as it should, and all ra­tios en­gage cleanly. It’s a rea­son­ably stout gear­box, but, if the bear­ings are noisy, prob­lems may be lurk­ing around the cor­ner.

There are no cor­ro­sion is­sues to worry about with the body, and the glass­fi­bre ’shell is strong and built to last. Poorly-re­paired crash dam­age and other such bodges are an is­sue, how­ever. Be sure to check for signs of a car hav­ing con­nect­ing with some­thing im­mov­able.

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