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Owner: Caig Riley

State: Victoria

VIN: SCC085912LHD1XXXX

Model: 1990 esprit

Vehicle History: Purchased in June 2005 from a little Asian man in Sydney who had clearly neglected and miss used the vehicle. The car had been imported from china by himself where he did things only an imbecile would do to an esprit, ie; glue an ashtray to the dashboard !! Anyhow once I had the car in my care I had the engine rebuilt by Luke at automotive diagnostics in Ringwood and a few other minor jobs done by Steve Taylor in bayswater. There are many more things on the esprit list that I plan to do, all in good time in esprit world I guess.


Owner: Mino Dalla Costa

State: NSW

VIN: SCC082910RHA6XXXX

Model: 1996 Esprit

Vehicle History: forth owner, purchased the car in July 2006 and at the time it had approximately 38,000 klms on the clock.It is in immaculate condition both interior and exterior. It has 10" wide wheels on the back with 8" on the front. I recently had the clutch done and also now replacing the accumulator on the ABS system.


 

 

Owner: Bruce Garvie

State: QLD

VIN: SCC082918VHA1XXXX

Model: 2000 V8 Esprit Twin Turbo

Vehicle History: Fly yellow with black leather interior. Has had Recaro race seats fitted and Momo sports steering wheel. Upgraded, fully adjustable springs and dampers from Germany. Upgraded Willwood brakes - 6 spot front, 4 spot rear.

  • Engine now produces 575 Horsepower due to:
  • O-ringed block
  • Forged pistons
  • Red Race ECU
  • High flow roller ball bearing T25/T28 turbos
  • Custom made intercooler kit
  • Gearbox has been upgraded with single shaft gear with straight cut 1st gear and hardened 2nd gear. Entire gearbox assembly has been cryogenically frozen for hardening and strength

 

Owner: Steve Waterman

State: Western Australia

VIN: 082910CHD1XXXX

Model: 1982 Esprit Turbo

Vehicle History: Built on the 10th December 1982 - just a few days before Colin Chapmans death, and delivered to Station Garage Taplow (UK) before somehow finding its way to Hong Kong in the 1990's before arriving in Perth late in 2000 as a partially restored project. After an extended restoration period replacing many parts, that also included new stainless steel petrol tanks, and fully rebuilt gearbox with many new parts and crown & pinion, the car finally hit the roads again in January 2004 to join the 20 or so other Esprit in Perth. Work has continued with ongoing suspension upgrades, new leather and much more.


 

 

 

Owner: Andre C

State: Victoria

VIN: SCC082910THA6XXXX

MODEL: Esprit S4s

Vehicle History: I am the first registered owner. She just reached 38,000km.I bought 2 S4s's - one black and this mustard one. I was using the black one as an every day car and the mustard one was pampered with the intention of keeping it forever. She is the only Norfolk Mustard S4s in the country, out of 16 S4s's in Australia. She is a genuine 1996 built (one of only 30).She has the following modifications (all parts are genuine Lotus from their later models or their race cars): #6 Red Race Chip,larger secondary injectors.
high flow 2.5" exhaust, K&N filter, adjustable suspension and shocks, drilled and vented brake discs, EBC brake pads, longer 5th gear, cryogenically strengthened gears. nylothane bushes throughout, s/s cables throughout dynoed at 364 bhp (270kw).
performed 0-100kph in 4 sec, 1/4mile in 12.2sec and 307kph top speed, all GPS veryfied.

Cosmetic improvements: 04 Esprit door sills. 04 Esprit rear decal, Esprit valve caps, Esprit wheel centres, Esprit seat belts, Woodgrained shifter, surround Woodgrained stereo, Yellow pipping on seats, Talking Viper alarm with proximty sensors Talking reverse sensors Talking built in radar detector.


Owner: Hans

State: Indonesia

VIN: SCC082910MHA6XXXX

MODEL: Esprit SE

Vehicle History: My Lotus Esprit SE Turbo 1993 already used engine competitions & transmission


 

Owner: Dave Taylor

State: Western Australia

VIN: NA

MODEL: Esprit S4

Vehicle History: My Esprit was imported into Sydney around 1997 when it received it's plates. We purchased from Alf Barbagallo's in 2003 as second owners. I've made the usual improvement modifications, she has been cared for by Francois Lusser of Swiss Automotive and is currently insured with Shannons.


Owner: Ian Menzies

State: Queensland

VIN: NA

MODEL: 1981 S3 Esprit

Vehicle History: Built 1980, First sold in 1982, Australian Delivered car. 2.0L motor. Black-badge model. This car has been well looked after and is in very good unmolested original condition


Owner: Kingsley Dunstan

State: Western Australia

VIN: NA

MODEL: 1981 S3 Esprit

Vehicle History: Have owned the car for around 10 years. Made a burr walnut dash, rebuilt the head including new inlet and exhaust valves, new head gasket etc. new water pump, new timing belt tensioner and the usual Lotus rebuild items. Fitted 295 x 15 Yokohamas on the rear.


Owner: David Jones

State: Western Australia

VIN: SCC085912EHD1XXXX

MODEL: 1984 S3 Esprit

Vehicle History:Purchased on an extended trip to the UK in 1997. I got as much maintenance done to the car before shipping it to Sydney as a Personal Import. Got pulled over by the Highway Patrol on the F3 within an hour of picking it up at the docks! Unfortunately since buying the car I have spent more time working away from home so have not driven it as much as I need to to satisfy my love of the Esprit. In 2004 I moved to Perth and shipped the car to the west coast where I have yet to register it


Owner: Peter Why

State: Western Australia

VIN: NA

MODEL: 1979 Esprit S1

Vehicle History:This car has had 3 owners including myself. I bought it in 2003 from Dave Sullivan who had owned it for some 20 years. Dave was a well known racing driver in Perth and also had an Elan +2. In the past 6 years the car has had less than 1,000 kms of use being garaged by Dave and myself. I have had over $8,000 of work done on it by Sports Car Garage Welshpool, Perth including an upgrade to the cooling system making it more efficient.


Owner: Geoff Winder & Kristine Bennett

State: NSW

VIN: SCC082912LHA1XXXX

MODEL: Esprit 1990 SE

Vehicle History: We purchased the Esprit in 1997, the third owners. It had just been imported from the UK and was in poor condition. We have slowly rebuilt just about everything on the car since. We have travelled from Sydney to Hobart, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in the car and attend track days a couple of times a year. It is still going strong.
Upgrades and modifications are numerous.

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Owner: Ian Riddell

State: NSW

VIN: SCC082910KHA6XXXX

MODEL: Esprit 1989 SE

Vehicle History: Bought in 2000 with 50,000km on the clock (if you can trust Lotus clocks???). Now has 60,000kms. Lots Of Trouble, Usually Serious but I'm slowly winning the battle for reliability. Club Lotus and the Elan Factory have been invaluable & have probably saved me 10's of thousands in servicing costs. I now do most of the work on the car myself (most servicing centres leave it in a worst state than it was before). I'm currently working on the cosmetics, but really need to sort out the air conditioning system (Help!). Very few mods other than necessary ones (99% original). Anyway, it has been a real experience owning it.. and it's my pride and joy


Owner: Guy Stevens

State: VIC

VIN: NA

MODEL: Esprit 1989 SE

Vehicle History: I am the 3rd owner and have had the car for 10 years. There are only 7 RHD fuel injected Guigiaro Esprits in the world, all in Australia and mine is the last one built. Maintained in top condition regardless of cost, and maintained pretty much original specs


Owner: Roger Harris

State: NSW

VIN: SCC082910JHD1XXXX

MODEL: Esprit 1988 Turbo

Vehicle History: Bought July 2007 UK and shipped to Australia. The car is under restoration as its been registered for the Australian market.


Owner: Simon Stagg

State: SA

VIN: SCC082910RHA6XXXX

MODEL: Esprit 1994 S4

Vehicle History: Vehicle History:Purchased in the UK in 2003 and Personally Imported to Oz in 2006. Now resides in Adelaide. 47k miles on the clock. The car gets out every week, which is a lot more than it did in London. This particular Lotus has the honour of being the most viewed Esprit on the Lotus Esprit Forum


Owner: Steve Grobler

State: Western Australia

VIN: SCC082910KHD1XXXX

MODEL: 1988 Exprit Turbo

Vehicle History:: Bought the car from UK owner in mid 2007. Arrived Freo Sept 2007. Previous owner had the car for 8 years and did all his own maintenance - very well looked after. Has about 83,000 miles on the clock and 500 miles since new pistons/liners. Right now I am preparing the car for WA registration. Brake pipes need to be replaced as current ones have no compliance markings. Catalytic converter may have to be added too...


Owner: Dave Everett

State: NSW

VIN: SCC085912FHD1XXXX

MODEL: Esprit S3

Vehicle History: Imported from the UK in November 2007


 

Owner: Justin Green

State: QLD

VIN: NA

MODEL: 1990 Turbo Esprit SE

Vehicle History:I bought this car 3 years ago in Melbourne from a business partnership breakup. Prior to that it belonged to Mike Palmer, ( hi Mike!) It was part of the stock market crash of 1988, the year it was built, and was reposessed and sat in a wharehouse where it was bought by a businessman along with the remaing 14 of the 25 that were imported in 1988. He kept this one as the Australian Brochure car as it was the only one that was painted in the Claret Red in 1988 and had it registered and spec'd as a 1990. It has been O-ringed and has 3" Exaust with High Flowed T3 and is running 10.5lb of boost delivering 230 horses at the wheels. Citroen Transaxle is now semi reliable due to crogenically treated gears, crown wheel and pinion.Mostly Manitained by Team GP in Melbourne and now at Brisbane Tuning and Turbo here in Brisvegas, Nice clean old girl, well maintained and a pleasure to drive.


Owner: Leonard Stapp

State: Western Australia

VIN: SCC082910THA6XXXX

MODEL: Esprit Turbo S4s

Vehicle History:Australian delivered 1996 Esprit S4s.
4th owner. Lived in QLD until 2002.
Has been in Perth ever since.


Owner: Robert Costa

State: NSW

VIN: TBA

MODEL: 1984 Esprit

Vehicle History: Ex South Australian car originally imported between 1985 and 1989. Purchased in 2007 and currently registered in NSW and undergoing a number of repairs and upgrades.


Owner: Reynold Peterson

State: NSW

VIN: SCCDA08263HC1XXXX

MODEL: 2003 Final Edition Esprit V8

Vehicle History: One of the last 15 UK cars. OZ Crystal Titanium Wheels, Kelsey Hayes ABS, Limited Slip Diff, Climate Control, Twin centered Federal Exhaust with Aluminium 'Cheesegrater' Grill, Round tail lights and all other additions as per the last cars. The last 15 cars had all options and upgrades, both mechanical and cosmetic, as standard. Factory standard and Immaculate.


Owner: Paul Steinberg

State: Victoria

MODEL: 1980 Turbo Esprit

VIN: SCCFC20A8AHD1XXXX

Vehicle History:3rd one ever built (non-Essex, but with all Essex features)


Owner: Tony Drake

State: Western Ausatralia

VIN: SCC082910DHD1XXXX

MODEL: S3 Esprit 1983

Vehicle History: Vehicle has got 38,000 km


Owner: Kenneth Walsh

STATE: NSW

MODEL: Esprit Turbo SE

VIN: SCCO82910KHD6XXXX

Vehicle History: Bought this car after seeing it advertised on the Lotus Esprit Australia website. It was imported from the UK to Queensland in 2006. Despite having been complianced and registered in Qld it had to have an engineering inspection to be registered in NSW.


Owner: Rob Tomlinson

STATE: QLD

MODEL: 1981 Turbo Esprit

VIN: SCC082910BHD1XXXX

Vehicle History: Built & registered in '81 with what I believe to be a rare dry sump engine configuration. Quite a way into the production run and still a dry sumper?!?! Don't really know much about the history of the car as I brought it as a restoration project. Acquired in 2002 and just about done. A few warts on the paint and a belt service to do, plus a few other little jobs. Looks a lot better than when I brought it, with new leather, new paint, new badges & decals, refurbed wheels, new tyres, all new brakes & suspension... A very long list of works completed. And I just had to bring her to Australia with me from the UK


Owner: Graham Smith

STATE: ACT

MODEL: 1988 Esprit Turbo

VIN: SCC082910JHA6XXXX

Vehicle History: I purchased this car in 1996 from an overseas owner cause it was just sitting in Paul McCreery's workshop! Rebuilt the engine after a wastgate problem overboosted, blowing headgasket & took out the pistons & liners. Wasted my time on a hand made clutch, going back to stock. Most awesome thing I have ever driven, but that doesn't stop me wanting a Sport 300 or a McLaren F1!


 

Owner: Peter Chrisp

STATE: WA

MODEL: Esprit 88 turbo

VIN: NA

Vehicle History: I had this car for 11 years now and its been the most reliable with just nigly things going wrong. I use it a lot its a normal car for me I change the oil when it gets dirty and it gets regular hard driven and i think thats why its so good.


Owner: Ben Allen

STATE: VIC

MODEL: Esprit Sport 300

VIN: SCCO82910RHAGXXXX

Vehicle History: I have recently bought the car. It has 34000km on the clock. It is all original. The previous owner had the car for 6 years and kept it immaculate.


Owner: Fred Faddoul

STATE: VIC

MODEL: 1985 Turbo Esprit.

VIN: SCC082910FHD1XXXX

Vehicle History: Just purchased the car about three month ago, it has done 85000 original km, had two previous owners who loved it and looked after it very well, the car has always been garaged and never had anything major done to it, and is in immaculate condition.


 

Owner: Tony Papas

STATE: VIC

MODEL: 1994 Turbo Esprit.

VIN: SCC082910PHA6XXX

Vehicle History: One owner purchased as a 50th Anniversary and registered for the first time in 1998 directly from the Lotus importer Monark Imports. In 2007 the car was used to test some performance upgrades to support the Australian local market. The project produced 40% more horse power from the factory setup. The upgrades are featured on this website.


Owner: Ken McGregor

STATE: Northern Territory

MODEL: Esprit V8 1999

VIN: SCCDB0823WHC1XXXX

Vehicle History:Australian delivery Sept,1999 Victoria 43.000 klm's. It has the updated interior with the Small instrument console. Very original car in excellent condition.


 

Owner: Andrew Selvaratnam

STATE: Western Australia

MODEL: Esprit V8 1998

VIN: SCC082918VHAXXXXX

Vehicle History: Originally purchased & registered in the UK by an Airline Pilot who was extremely fastidious & made sure that the car was optioned with the best of everything. Arrived in Australia in late 2005 and I acquired it in 2006 (4th owner). The car is totally original and in extremely good condition with every receipt & service document duly logged & archived. I drive it regularly at least once a fortnight on weekends, weather permitting. I carry out all my own servicing, including belt changes & tensioning, etc (I have obtained all the Lotus factory tools to complete the majority of service requirements) as I do not trust anyone else to satisfactorily & honestly maintain the vehicle. Real knowledge of the V8 is extremely rare in Australia, including the factory dealers, and I’ve found it easier to obtain the tools & knowledge myself. It also makes maintenance much cheaper, but much more fun as I enjoy having a tinker and they are relatively easy to service. No real problems with the vehicle, but I never drive the car hard (maybe firmly from time to time) and respect its limitations. Fabulous supercar to own, with mind numbing performance, that still turns heads everywhere it goes.


Owner: Michael Bierton

STATE: Western Australia

MODEL: Esprit S4

VIN: SCC082910RHA6XXXX

Vehicle History:After dreaming about this for 18 years and looking for 18 months, I finally found this S4 after actually giving up looking an hour earlier. The car was purchased from Giles Cole after I spent 4 hours on fathers day in 2008 looking at the car.
Love it.


Owner: John Rhigas

STATE: SA

MODEL: Esprit V8

VIN: SCC082918THA1XXXX

Vehicle History: The car is a 1996 Esprit V8 as advertised in the "4 Sale" section on LEA. I purchased the car in NSW in December 2008. The car is now registered in South Australia where it resides.


Owner: Michael James

STATE: Western Australia

MODEL: 1988 Esprit Turbo

VIN: SCC082910JMD1XXXX

Vehicle History: Recently purchased (September 2008) via Melbourne from Japan. 33,000 km on the clock (previously one of 40 vehicles in a private Japanese collection) .Some of the usual mods but otherwise original .Excellent condition generally; have had some minor repairs made to passenger door electric window (sticky switch) and primary headlights (mirrors discoloured) - the latter a bit of pain!
.Just in process of registering in WA (interstate vehicle/registration transfer leaves a lot to be desired) .Waited 20 years to buy this, my favourite of all models. Absolutely love it.


Owner: Jerry Allen

STATE: QUEENSLAND

MODEL: Esprit Turbo

VIN: SCC082910JHD1XXXX

Vehicle History:I bought it in the UK in April 2008 and imported myself to Queensland. Arrived in September and complient/rego etc by mid October. Sailed through all its tests, Phew! Goes really well, and looks better in the flesh than in photos. A real head turner. No PAS is the only niggle.


Owner: Allan Jansen

STATE: NSW

MODEL: Sport 350 V8 #14

VIN: SCCDA0825XHC1XXXX

Vehicle History: The car is a 1999 Sport 350 with 17 000 miles on the clock. It is in very good condition but is now undergoing further improvememts to bring it back to as new condition


Owner: David Giles

STATE: South Australia

MODEL: Esprit Turbo 1990 SE

VIN: SCC082910LHA6XXXX

Vehicle History: Purchased from Greg in Tasmania 12/08.
Greg imported it from Hong Kong in 2005.


Owner: Maurice Oteri

STATE: Western Australia

MODEL: 1996 Lotus Esprit s4

VIN: SCC082910RHA5XXXX

Vehicle History: Purchased out of Wollongong, NSW February 2008, Last owner held for 8 years, has spent something close to $30k on various works in that time - currently traveled 64000kms which I am using


Owner: Dean Savage

STATE: QLD

MODEL: 1996 Esprit V8

VIN: SCC082918THA1XXXX

Vehicle History: I have owned this car since February 2005.It has now only travelled 33,500km and is mint original condition with a FSH. I personally imported the car when I emigrated to Australia in August 2008.


Owner: Rudi Annus

STATE: NSW

MODEL: Esprit Turbo S

VIN: SCC082910MHD1XXXX

Vehicle History: I bought this Esprit in 1995 in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. It had 12,000 miles on the clock and had been the demonstrator for Gateshead Lotus. My ex wife and I then spent a year driving around 21 countries in Europe. I shipped it back to Australia in 1996 then drove it a further 10000 miles around OZ, totalling over 30000miles (50000 kms) in 22 countries. I still drive it regularly but it has still not reached 80000 miles yet. Still going strong and will never part with it as I have lots of photos and an incredibly comprehensive diary of the trip that will give me countless hours of memories in a few years when my kids check me in to Pittwater Palms


Owner: Michael Lee

STATE: NSW

MODEL: Lotus Esprit V8 MK1

VIN: SCC082918THAXXXXX

Vehicle History: One of the imports by Monarch and sold through
>Barbagallos 28.8.1997. Liners have been done, twin clutch plate fitted,
>turbos overhauled and in immaculate condition


Owner: Ken Price

STATE: VIC

MODEL: 1997 Esprit V8 MK1

VIN: SCC082918THA1XXXX

Vehicle History: Just purchased from Qld. Researching history, but it was apparently a Vic car up until a few years ago.


Owner: Steve Marsden

STATE: NSW

MODEL: 1988 Esprit Turbo X180

VIN: SCC082910JHD1XXXX

Vehicle History: Purchased from a UK owner in May 2009, the owner had the car for 13years and it was driven as a 'dry weather only' car. Arrived in Australia in August 2009, some minor work required to get NSW Engineers Certificate and rego. I was very lucky -the car is in better condition than I could have hoped for.

 
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