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1990 Lotus Esprit

Chassis number : SCCFC20B2LHF65517

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Sold for $31,900 at 2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction.
The Lotus Esprit began as the Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Ital Design project car at the 1972 Turin Motor Show. The silver prototype came about as a chance encounter between Lotus boss Colin Chapman and Giugiaro. The design was well received and a protracted development program finally entered production in 1976. The Esprit had the trademark backbone chassis but deviated from previous designs by employing rear and front sub-frames to support the all-independent suspension and engine/gearbox unit. Over the years, the Esprit evolved, gaining a 2.2-liter engine, turbo-charged induction and a new body design. In 1989, the Special Equipment (SE) version was introduced and came with a water-to-air intercooler which Lotus called a Changecooler.

This particular example is a fourth-generation Lotus Esprit Turbo SE finished in British Racing Green over Tan leather. It was delivered new to Virginia. The first owner racked up 2,500 miles of driving during the two years of ownership. The original owner kept the car until 1997 and remained in the Old Dominion state until 2006, covering fewer than 8,000 miles in total during that time. From there, it entered the next owner's care, who lived in Knoxville, Tennessee. The current owner acquired the car in 2013. It currently has fewer than 9,500 miles.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017

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2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $30,000-USD $40,000 
Sale Price :
USD $31,900

1990 Lotus Esprit Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lotus Esprit

(Data based on Model Year 1990 sales)
1990 Lotus Espirit Turbo SE
Chassis#: SCCFC20B7LHF65741
Sold for USD$33,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE
Chassis#: SCCFC20B2LHF65517
Sold for USD$31,900
  2017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1990 Lotus Esprit image  1990 Lotus Esprit image  
1990 LOTUS ESPRIT
Chassis#: SCCFC20B2LHF65758
Sold for USD$30,800
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE
Sold for USD$21,001
  2016 CCA Classic Car Sale
 
1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Chassis#: SCCD82910LHD13629
Sold for USD$17,323
  2016 H & H Auctions - Donington Park
 
1990 Lotus Esprit X180R
Chassis#: SCCFC20851HF65798
Sold for USD$88,000
  2014 Russo & Steele - Monterey
 
1990 LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO 2 DOOR COUPE
Sold for USD$25,025
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2004
 
1990 Lotus Espirit Turbo SE
Sold for USD$21,200
  2003 The Novi Classic Car Auction
 

Lotus Esprits That Failed To Sell At Auction

1990 Lotus Esprit's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo Intercooled S/E Coupe 2017 Collector Car Toronto Spring Classic$54,000  
1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SESCC082910LHA653472016 Historics at Brookland $10,000$14,000
1990 LOTUS ESPRIT TURBO 2016 Leake Dallas Market Hall   
1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo CoupeSCC082910JHA623382009 Shannons Auctions 2009 Melbourne International Motorshow Auction $38,000$44,000
1990 Lotus Espirit SE Turbo 2003 Michigan Spring Classic Car Auction$18,250  

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