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1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo for sale by auction. This 1989 Lotus Esprit was sold new by Valenti Motors of Watertown, Connecticut and remained in the state with its original owner until it was purchased by the selling dealer in 2019. Finished in red over tan leather, the car is powered by a turbocharged 2.2-liter inline-four paired with a five-speed manual transaxle. Features include a removable roof panel, air conditioning, front fog lights, power windows, and a Sony sound system. This X180 now shows under 3,800 miles and is offered in South Carolina with manufacturer’s literature, a tool kit, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Connecticut title.
The Peter Stevens restyle of the Esprit in 1987 included revised lower body panels, all new glass panels, and tail lights sourced from Toyota. The fiberglass bodywork on this example is finished in red with black lower sections. Close-up photos of the body, paint, and trim can be viewed in the gallery below.
15″ factory-equipped Route OZ wheels are mounted with older Goodyear Eagle NCT60 tires, and a spare wheel wearing a Goodyear Grand Prix tire is located in the front trunk along with a tool kit.
The cabin is trimmed in tan leather that extends from the seats to the lower dashboard, center console, and door panels. Equipment includes power windows and locks along with air conditioning, a removable roof panel, and an aftermarket audio system consisting of a Sony stereo, equalizer, speakers, and trunk-mounted amplifier and CD changer.
The three-spoke steering wheel frames VDO instrumentation including a 160-mph speedometer, a tachometer, and gauges for oil temperature, oil pressure, boost pressure, fuel level, and coolant temperature. The five-digit odometer indicates under 3,800 miles, fewer than 100 of which were added by the selling dealer.
1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo engine. The turbocharged 2.2-liter DOHC inline-four is equipped with a multi-port electronic fuel-injection system. An oil change was performed in 2020.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transaxle. Additional underside images can be viewed in the gallery.
1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo. The Carfax report shows history in Connecticut and South Carolina and lists no accidents or other reported damage from its first entry in May 2002 through its most recent in December 2020.
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