Cover star esprit for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

This 1992 Lo­tus Esprit Turbo SE High Wing – one of two fac­tory press cars – will be auc­tioned on 18 June. It has 59,000 miles on the clock and is es­ti­mated to sell for be­tween £22,000 and £26,000.

The Lo­tus is one of just 64 High Wing mod­els made, and as a press car it starred on nu­mer­ous mag­a­zine cov­ers in the early 1990s. It was then bought by the cur­rent seller, a Lo­tus ad­dict who ap­pears to have kept the SE in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. It comes with an MoT and a Lo­tus cer­tifi­cate of ve­hi­cle prove­nance.

The High Wing SE was a short-lived model, with Lo­tus valiantly try­ing to hold up sales un­til the S4 ar­rived in 1993. The wing in­creased sta­bil­ity and al­lowed the Esprit to hit 165mph, but pos­si­bly more im­por­tant from the driver’s point of view was the in­crease in cabin space over the pre­vi­ous model.

The Lo­tus will be auc­tioned by Clas­sic Car Auc­tions (CCA) at the War­wick­shire Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Leam­ing­ton Spa. Guy Lees-Milne, gen­eral man­ager at CCA, says: ‘We’re huge fans of the Lo­tus Esprit, which per­fectly en­cap­su­lates Colin Chap­man’s phi­los­o­phy “sim­plify, then add light­ness”, in a su­per­car pack­age.’

www.clas­s­ic­ca­rauc­tions.co.uk

High Wing Esprit is for sale 40

years af­ter the first Esprit S1 rolled off the pro­duc­tion line.

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