An excellent James Bond Movie Tribute Lotus Esprit Turbo with "For Your Eyes Only" livery and matching "OPW 654W" Hong Kong Registration Mark. Comes with a documented service history, this car marks one of the finest of its kind ever offered for sale in Hong Kong. It is as dramatic and enthralling today as when it was new – a bold but accurate statement, just like the Turbo Esprit itself.
One of the most memorable designs of Italian styling legend Giorgetto Giugiaro, the groundbreaking Lotus Esprit was among the most famous sports cars of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and would remain in production, with the same basic shape but evolving drivetrains, for over 20 years. Low, dramatic, and advanced, with all-independent suspension, a mid-mounted sixteen-valve four-cylinder engine, and four-wheel disc brakes, its performance was as thrilling as its appearance. No wonder that, for a brief time in the films "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only", an Esprit briefly supplanted the Aston Martin as James Bond’s company car of choice.
The Giugiaro styled Esprit was Colin Chapman's first serious attempt at building a supercar capable of taking on the likes of Porsche and Ferrari. First unveiled as a concept car at the Turin Motor Show in 1972, it would be another four years before the first customers took delivery and the Esprit received a considerable publicity boost thank to the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me", with Roger Moore taking to the sea in one that became a submarine.
The turbo version was first seen in 1980's 'Essex Esprit', a special edition model named for its association with Essex petroleum, a major sponsor of the Lotus F1 team at the time. Its engine, known as the Type 910, retained the 2.2-litre capacity of the naturally-aspirated car but utilised a dry sump and generated some 157kW. 1981 saw the debut of Esprit Series 3 and with it the turbo became a regular production car, though it reverted to a wet sump configuration. Although it looked every inch the futuristic Italian-styled supercar both inside and out, the Esprit remained true to Lotus' philosophy of building lightweight car with small-capacity engines and handling inspired by the racetrack.
The Esprit featured in "For Your Eyes Only" meets an explosive end not long into the film, but its time on-screen was memorable enough to lock it into the minds of enthusiasts worldwide. It was the high-performance Turbo model, which the car here exactly replicates the movie car. It even has got the same James Bond "OPW 654W" Hong Kong Registration Mark and the Red Triangular "Burglar Protected" Sticker. Sold new in the UK in 1984, this Esprit Turbo was finished in Jupiter Red with alloy wheels and leather interior. The car comes with fully documented service history comprising service book stamped at the required intervals. The current recorded mileage on the new odometer after full engine rebuild is 2368 Miles. It has a 210 hp, 2,174 cc DOHC sixteen-valve turbocharged four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual rear transaxle, independent front suspension with upper A-arms, lower lateral links, coil springs, and anti-roll bar; independent rear suspension with upper/lower lateral links, angled trailing arms, and coil springs; and four-wheel disc brakes.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 2368 Miles Showing on Odometer after Full Engine Rebuild
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: Originally delivered in Norwich, UK in January 1984. Current owner bought from UK Sports Cars in 2006, Imported and Registered in Hong Kong in 2006 and showing "0 Hands" on Hong Kong VRD. Excellent condition after a full inside-out and mechanical restoration project spanning a duration of 10 years! Original Owners Manual, Service Books, records files are present.
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One of the most memorable designs of Italian styling legend Giorgetto Giugiaro
"007 - For Your Eyes Only" livery and "OPW 654W" Hong Kong Registration Mark.
History and service records presented
2006 - 2016 (~$500,000 Restoration Project)
Full car respray from Jupiter Red to White
Four Wheel restore
Full interior renewal. All leather seats, carpets, dash, door panel, roof
Fully restore A/C System, Hoses, conversion to R134 type Freon
Remove and Rebuild Engine, Carburettors, Water Hoses
Remove and Rebuild Transmission, New Clutch
Replace all worn suspension parts, Renew Lower Frame, Rear wheel bearing
Rebuild Front and Rear Brakes, Hand Brake
Service at 94527 Miles
Service at 94527 Miles
Service at 87525 Miles
48000 Miles Service at 52763 Miles
42000 Miles Service at 46958 Miles
36000 Miles Service at 40107 Miles
30000 Miles Service at 27237 Miles
24000 Miles Service at 22870 Miles
12000 Miles Service at 11843 Miles
6000 Miles Service at 5904 Miles
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Among the longest running of post-war sportscars, the Esprit first surfaced as a Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Ital Design project car at the 1972 Turin Motor Show, the silver prototype having come about following a chance encounter between Giugiaro and Lotus boss Colin Chapman. The car was well received, and following a protracted development programme finally entered production in 1976. The Esprit retained Lotus’s trademark backbone chassis but deviated from previous designs by employing front and rear sub-frames to support the all-independent suspension and engine/gearbox unit. Lotus’s own 2-litre, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine provided the power. The Esprit metamorphosed through several series over the next two decades, gaining a 2.2-litre engine, turbo-charged induction and a new body design along the way. Introduced in 1980, the Garrett-blown Esprit Turbo produced 210bhp and was good for a top speed of 148mph with 60mph attainable in 6.1 seconds.
Though the car still carries the Esprit tag, the1980 Turbo Esprit is effectively a new car, with the 16-valve engine having been punched out to 2174cc, using a bore of 95.25mm and a stroke of 76.20mm. A Garrett T3 turbocharger which is mounted downstream of the twin Dellorto carburettors supplies boost up to 8lbpsi and the engine operates on a 7.5:1 compression ratio. The turbocharger lubrication is direct from the main oil gallery, with drain to the dry sump (which later changed to a wet sump).
The Esprit 5-speed gearbox has been retained and is attached to the engine block by a new alloy bell housing, while power is transmitted via a new clutch with increased capacity to the wheels via plunging constant velocity jointed driveshaft. The Turbo Esprit's backbone chassis is a completely new zinc galvanised and incorporating a wider front box section and suspension mounting points. A new space frame engine and transmission section is included, giving a four point wide-based mounting system and increased torsional stiffness. The front of the chassis houses a new full-width radiator and oil cooler with increased capacity.
There have been changes made to the cockpit, including an instrument panel which now boasts a turbo boost gauge and speedometer running up to 170mph. All the switch-gear is backlit when main and side lights are illuminated. The seats have revised foam foundations and new head restraints.
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