1981 Lotus Esprit Coupe / scc082910BHD10970 Vehicle Information

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

1981 Lotus Esprit photograph

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The 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit has the UK registration plate UVF 464X and was first registered to Lotus on 1 August of that year. Its own Lotus Certificate of Provenance reveals it was allocated to company founder Colin Chapman for his exclusive use. Following Chapman's death in December 1982, it was sold by Lotus in July 1983 and has been in private hands ever since, covering just 11,000 miles and regularly maintained.

Finished in metallic Silver Diamond paint with 'Turbo Esprit' decals, the factory-fitted optional extras include a full red leather interior, air-conditioning and a Panasonic audio system integrated into the headliner.

However, the specification is completely unique as it has several features added at the request of Chapman to improve his own driving comfort and enjoyment. These include power steering – it was the first Esprit ever to have this technology – plus modified and lowered suspension, modified brakes and BBS Mahle lattice alloy wheels.

On 5 August 1981 the car was used by Chapman to promote the latest Lotus range to the then UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, when she toured Norfolk. After landing at Norwich Airport and talking to Chapman, she sat behind the wheel and drove it round the site's private roads. Local media reported that she had said: 'I was tempted to drive away in it.'


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1981 sales)
1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Chassis#: SCC082910BHD11036
Sold for USD$15,011
  2014 Silverstone : The Restoration Show Sale
 
1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit
Chassis#: SCC082910BHD10982
Sold for USD$9,663
  2011 H & H - Pavilion Gardens
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1981 Lotus Esprit's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1981 LOTUS ESPRIT ESSEX TURBOSCCFC20A6AHD109412019 Coys Blenheim Palace $55,000$65,000

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