Lotus Esprit HC Series 3 1987 // 41k Genuine Miles // NOW SOLD SIMILAR STANDARD CLASSIC CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED (1987)




1987 LOTUS ESPRIT HC - Stunning Only 41k Genuine Miles


Stunning... The sumptuous tan half-leather is in fantastic order, the seat bolsters are plump and show no signs of bagging or wear. The original carpets are unmarked and in fantastic order again showing no signs of wear. The leather dash is perfect and supple with no signs of ageing as is the steering wheel and door cards. All electrics work perfectly, all gauges and switches work as they should and are all in original condition.


Finished in jet black with contrasting gold pinstripe the paintwork is incredible throughout having a mirror finish as per the pictures.  All trim, original Cibie lights and Factory Triplex glass are in excellent order.  The 2 tilt position and removable Targa top operates perfectly, does not leak and comes complete with the original bag for storage in the boot.  The pop up headlights sit perfectly straight and are strong and positive in operation.  Panel fit is perfect as per when it left the factory.


All original immaculate BBS cross spoke alloys sitting on new correct specification Pirelli Tyres all round. The brakes have been overhauled and pull up effortlessly.


The 2174cc normally aspirated 4 cylinder engine sounds throaty through the stainless steel exhaust. Starts on the first turn of the key first time every time whether hot or cold, there are no adverse rattles or fluid leaks... perfect. The twin Dellorto's work perfectly and she runs like a dream, the 5 speed gearbox operates smoothly with ease and is very light and precise in every gear.


This Esprit HC is a striking very original car and a genuine time warp example of this iconic British marque. Very low miles supported with a full documented history file and both original keys. These cars are becoming very difficult to find especially in this original condition and documented mileage. The history file contains the original purchase invoice, service history and bills, original Lotus handbooks, 2 original keys plus 20 past MOT certificates including the first one in 1990,  the windows still support the original Norfolk Motor Group supplying dealer stickers along with various original warning stickers.

The Lotus Esprit has been voted as one of the top 10 Coolest Cars in the World by Auto Express Community.

A Fresh 12 month MOT will be issued up on sale and of course the Esprit is HPI Clear.

We will consider any part exchange with funds either way no matter what it is.  We have buyers in all fields of expertise so we would consider modern cars, vans, caravans, motorhomes, motorcycles and of course any classic so just give us a call or drop us an email.

We can deliver any vehicle throughout the UK and Europe using our own covered transport or using one of our vehicle logistic partners, please ask for details.

Low Rate Finance can be arranged please ask for details.

Supplied with a comprehensive documented Condition Report by renowned Lotus Specialists PJS Sports Cars on 27th March 2019.

More detailed pictures and information can be found on our website detailed above.


Widely regarded as the best of the normally-aspirated, Georgette Giugiaro styles Lotus Esprits, the S3 was introduced on April 22nd 1981. Visually updated with colour coded front spoiler, side skirts, air scoops etc. This model also had a new steering wheel, seats and instruments. Derived from the Essex Turbo Esprit, its galvanised backbone chassis featured all-round independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes. Light and agile in the best Lotus tradition the S3 was powered by a mid mounted 2174cc DOHC four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission.

The updated HC model was introduced early 1987 and boasted 172 bhp, 163 lbft thanks to an improved cooling system. The newcomer was capable of 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and 138 mph top speed. Further enhancements were a larger capacity battery, full engine / transmission under trays and adjustable rake seats. The short lived HC was superseded by the X180 Esprit in October 1987 making this model a prized collectors piece.


Based in the heart of Staffordshire in a small village near Cannock Chase we are a family run business that provide a simple but satisfying experience of buying a hand-picked piece of motoring history. Our passion for all Classic Vehicles is second to none. We select only the very best vehicles then present them ready for you to just enjoy.

We are completely hands on with very high standards sourcing the very best and most desirable makes and models. We clean and detail each and every vehicle as we're a bit OCD and love enjoying them at every opportunity.

All our vehicles come with lengthy MOT's, documented history files and a comprehensive pre-delivery inspection so it's ready for you to just enjoy.

Integrity and passion are the cornerstones of our business in creating a truly exceptional customer experience. Whether you are new to the world of classic vehicles or an existing collector, every aspect of our business is geared towards your satisfaction and giving unbiased advise on your chosen investment.

Please feel free to give us a call about any of our vehicles.  All viewings are by appointment only at a time to suit yourself, we are available 7 days a week.

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  • Mileage: 41,000
  • Year: 1987
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Saloon
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Black


  • Engine layout: Mid Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 2.2
  • Engine configuration: 4 cylinder
  • Cylinder layout: Inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine power (BHP): 160
  • Torque (lbs/ft): 100
  • Top speed (MPH): 138
  • Acceleration: 0 to 62 in 6.7 seconds
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Previous owners: 7

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