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1997 Lotus Esprite V8

Chassis number : SCCFE33C5UHF65244

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Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman founded Lotus Engineering in 1952. He was quoted as saying 'adding power makes you faster on the straights while subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere.'

The Lotus Espirt is a series of sports cars built between 1976 and 2004. Initially styled by ItalDesign's Giorgetto Giugaro, and then restyled by Peter Stevens in 1987 and Julian Thomson in 1993.

Launched at the Paris Motor Show in October 1975, production started in mid-1976 with Series 1; Series 2 began in 1978; Series 3 debuted in 1981; Series 4 in 1993, and the V8 model in 1996. The motor is Lotus' own Type 918, all-aluminum, 90-degree DOHC with a flat-plane crankshaft and two Garrett T25/60 turbochargers. In period tests, 0-60 miles per hour was achieved in 4.4 seconds with top speed exceeding 175 miles per hour. These performance statistics are made possible with 500 horsepower and a 3,036 pound weight.

Lotus Cars, with a factory in Hethel, UK, has a long history of producing high performance sports cars - those that go fast, stop quickly and handle well. Part of their success is attributed to building highly engineered cars that are exceptionally lightweight.

Started as Lotus Engineering by Colin Chapman, they have produced notable cars such as the Elite, Elan, Europa, Eclat, Exige, Evora and Elise. They also have a long successful history with motorsports. Today they are owned by Geely Automotive.

Originally delivered to Palm beach, Florida, this particular US-spec Esprit is presented in Calypso Red, with Fawn leather interior, 1 of only 13 such configured. Featuring just 33,000 original miles and three owners, it is a supercar way ahead of its time. It features a U.S. market only removable glass roof along with updated round Lotus LED tail-lights.

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1997 Lotus Esprite V8 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lotus Esprite V8

(Data based on Model Year 1997 sales)
1997 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Sold for USD$55,000
  2022 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1997 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Sold for USD$48,400
  2021 Mecum : Chattanooga
 
1997 Lotus Esprit V8 Coupe
Sold for USD$43,846
  2018 Shannons - Sydney Classic
 
1997 LOTUS ESPRIT
Chassis#: SCCFE33C7VHF65343
Sold for USD$33,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1997 LOTUS ESPRIT COUPE
Sold for USD$46,500
  2001 Kruse Auction - Auburn, IN
 

Lotus Esprite V8s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1997 Lotus Esprite V8's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1997 Lotus Esprit 2019 Mecum : Dallas$25,000  
1997 Lotus Esprit Turbo V8SCC082918VHA153702012 Silverstone : CarFest South 'Pride & Joy' Auction   
1997 Lotus Esprit 2012 Leake Auctions Tulsa$31,500  
1997 Lotus Esprit 2012 Mecum Kansas City, MO$25,000  

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