Lotus Turbo Esprit
Pearlescent White / Silver (grey) Connolly half leather
2.2 litre twin cam four-cylinder 210 hp
Finnish (EU) historic registration
After the Aston Martin DB5 the original Giugiaro designed Lotus Esprit is arguably the second most recognizable means of secret agent transport, especially in white.
Turbocharging and four cylinders seems like a cost-cutting compromise in comparison with the naturally aspirated V8s usually found in mid-engined purebred sports cars, but the Turbo Esprit with its pressurized Dellorto carburetters goes against common sense and gives a fun driving experience unlike anything else, especially in the way it sounds. This Youtube video helps to get some idea.
Fresh out of a full engine rebuild. Improved exhaust manifold assembly complete with new turbocharger and wastegate improves the performance considerably, is much lighter and sounds even better than original. All parts were sourced from SJ Sportscars in Devon, UK -authorized heritage Lotus dealers.
This Turbo Esprit is one of the batch of four imported by the established Toyota importer Korpivaara Oy in Finland, right after signing their importer contract with Lotus Cars in 1986. In the following years only one more non-Turbo / Series III Esprit followed, making it total of five Esprits ever officially imported to Finland. Six owners from new, longest ownership from 1997 to 2009.
From Mobilisti magazine article in 2016, pictured below is the first shipment of Lotus cars arriving in Helsinki in February 1986, with three Excels and the Turbo Esprit offered here;
To clarify the rarity of a European specification (or any non-US) left hand drive Turbo Esprit, here are some statistics;
Total number of all Lotus Esprit versions produced 1976-2004: 10675 cars
Total number of Giugiaro styled Turbo Esprits 1980-1987 : 3200 cars
Total number of Turbo Esprit produced MY 1986 : 382 cars
Total in 1986 for “rest of world”= LHD excluding US and Canada : 32 cars, four of which to Finland
The following information has been provided with the Certificate of Provenance from Lotus Cars
P02 Pearlescent White with standard decals
half silver leather with silver cloth inserts
silver nylon carpet
limestone polyester roof lining
half leather trim
special request for heated seats
04/1986 delivery service, Auto Jalonen Oy
first owner Herttoniemen Lukko Oy (Ltd), Helsinki FI
08/1986 service, 9495 kms, Auto Jalonen Oy
04/1988 ownership change Comnor Oy (Ltd), Espoo
10/1989 ownership change Nores Oy, (Ltd), Espoo -same owner of company as before
09/1992 ownership change Mrs/Ms T Hall-Nyyssönen
09/1996 ownership change Mr H Välimäki, Helsinki FI
MOT/TUV inspection, 62000 kms
04/1997 MOT/TUV inspection
07/1997 ownership change Mr J Mutka, Sippola FI
07/1998 MOT/TUV inspection, 67000 kms
05/1999 MOT/TUV inspection, 68000 kms
11/2000 MOT/TUV inspection, 69000 kms
10/2002 MOT/TUV inspection, 69000 kms
10/2005 MOT/TUV inspection, 71000 kms
06/2009 ownership change Mr I Lario, Helsinki FI
06/2009 MOT/TUV inspection, 72000 kms
04/2011 MOT/TUV inspection, 69000 kms
08/2014 MOT/TUV inspection, 73117 kms
04/2017 ownership change Harri Asunta Oy Ltd
05/2018 MOT/TUV inspection and registration on historic plates, 73496 kms
– next roadworthiness inspection in June 2020
2017-2018 comprehensive mechanical restoration by Kariste Sports and Classic Service including;
new main bearings
all gaskets top and bottom
new big end bearings
new belts and crank pulley
new engine mountings
new cam belt and tensioners
new distributor cap
new ignition leads and spark plugs
new clutch kit; centre plate, pressure plate and pressure bearing
new clutch slave cylinder
new upgraded exhaust manifold
replace all water hoses
water pump overhaul
all liquids and filters
Transport to most of Europe 600-1000 Eur.
Worldwide shipping, always for best available rates.
Located in Finland (EU) 30 mins from Helsinki airport.
Please note all viewings are by appointment only.