Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale

| 17 Aug 2021
Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale

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Six Lotus Esprits are to go under the hammer with online auction house The Market by Bonhams, bidding opening on Monday 23 August.

All six come from the same private collection but will be sold as individual lots.

Leading the way, in terms of pre-sale estimates, is the 1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo Essex S3, number 17 of 45 produced, which is predicted to achieve £105-150,000.

New tyres wrap round its original 15-inch Compomotive split-rim wheels, and having been unused for 15 years it has been extensively restored, plus it’s being sold with a substantial history file, a 1:18 scale model of the car and some spares.

Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale
Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale
Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale
Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale

Next, with a £75-120,000 guide price is the one-of-64 1994 Esprit Sport 300, finished in eye-catching Camel Racing Yellow teamed with a blue- Alcantara-trimmed cabin.

It is a 50,500-mile, right-hand-drive example with a manual gearbox and, according to vendor The Market by Bonhams, it is thought this is the first time a Sport 300 model has been offered at auction.

Meanwhile with a £75-100,000 estimate and one of the world’s best-known paintjobs is the ’78 JPS Edition Esprit S2 that’s also in this collection.

This car is the 21st of the 100 built, it has never been restored, has covered fewer than 14,000 miles and is described as being ‘in fabulous condition’.

Then at £70-90,000 is a three-owner, 31,000-mile, right-hand-drive 1999 Esprit Sport 350 V8, finished in silver with a black leather/blue Alcantara upholstered interior.

Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale
Classic & Sports Car – Incredible Lotus Esprit collection for sale

The final two in this Lotus collection are a Calypso Red 49,000-mile 1995 Esprit S4S said to be in ‘simply astounding condition’, which is being offered with a guide price of £50-60,000 and, from the same year, an Esprit S4 GT Commemorative Edition that has covered 37,000 miles.

The latter is number nine of 11 built to celebrate the marque’s 1994 British GT Championship victory, it wears a metallic Lotus Brooklands Green livery and its authenticity extends to the original radio/cassette that’s included. Its pre-sale estimate is £35-50,000.

“To have secured just one of these limited-edition Lotus Esprits for sale would have been fantastic but to be able to offer all six from the same private collection is unbelievable. It is a great opportunity for aficionados of this iconic British marque to own the Lotus of their dreams,” said Tristan Judge, director at The Market by Bonhams.

Bidding opens on Monday 23 August 2021 and runs for a week; find out more here.


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