Sunday, May 21, 2017

L'esprit d'escalier: 1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo

Have you ever thought of the perfect one-liner reply to some joker on the way home from your tête-à-têtem, there is a term for that L'esprit d'escalier-- roughly translated into english as staircase wit.  I don't have that issues as much as I have the issue of realizing that the price of some junker classic is going to skyrocket into oblivion about six months after prices jump.  L'esprit d'esprit is what I'm going to call this next thing.  Find this 1983 Lotus Esprit offered for $10,000 in Moreno Valley, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On.


The Lotus Esprit (es-spree) enjoyed a remarkably long life with only minor changes in its 28 year lifespan.  Somehow, the little UK based car builder managed to produce over 10,000 examples from 1976-2004 and this 1983 example isn't bad looking for the asking price.  Expect something around 200 horsepower from the 2.2 liter type 910 DOHC 4-banger and surprisingly fun performance from the light chassis.


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10 comments:

  1. "See a better way to drive a Lotus?"

    I like the idea of driving a Lotus, but I'm skeered of a Lotus taking over a spot in my driveway and growing roots.

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  2. Pretty good way to turn heads for 10 grand. No fart can required!!!

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  3. James Bond car that can be confused with Marty McFly's car, being sold for a song.

    I like it.

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  4. Shhhhhhhhhhh. I'm gonna get one soon....dont' go giving these #$%@#$%^#$% speculators a head start on me.

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  5. Wonder if that's something you could get registered in CA. 87 turbo motor with Dellorto carbs? I think the US cars were injected.

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    1. Don't worry. There are still 49 other states and 10 Canadian provinces that could purchase this car.

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  6. Very nice looking car, but I wonder how those seats got that bad in only 26,000 miles of driving. I also wonder about WHY the engine was changed. But nonetheless, that is probably THE most exotic ride you can buy for $10K.

    On a side note, I wish CL would start their location string with the name of the state. For someone like me from out of country, even some of the city names don't help me much. This particular listing starts with "Inland Empire". Good grief, that sounds like a place out of some dystopian SciFi novel....

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    1. @andy schwarm - no offense intended. Is there any extra room in your Survival Bunker? ;-)

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    2. I hate that Seattle's CL also lists some Canadian listings for Washington i will go to CL if i need 2 in that country if i choose.

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