Lotus Esprit cars for sale. Used Lotus Esprit cars available for sale from individuals and dealers from around the country. The exotic looking Lotus Esprit was built in the United Kingdom from 1976 and 2004. The Turbo Esprit was introduced in 1980. The Lotus Esprit was redesigned in 1987 and 1993.
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To reduce development costs, the Lotus Esprit used parts from other car manufacturers. Esprits before 1993 have numerous British Leyland parts and Esprits built after 1993 have many GM (Vauxhall, Opel) parts. G Esprits have Citroën gearboxes as found in the Citroën SM and Maserati Merak, while S Esprits have Renault UN1 gearboxes, with the exception of the North American Esprit Turbo which retained the Citroen gearbox for 1988 only.
Lotus Esprit door handles come from Morris Marina / Austin Allegro and were kept until the S4 model in 1994 when instead GM Calibra door handles were used. Early models used a Momo steering wheel, later ones had the same as the Pontiac Trans Am.
Lotus S1 Esprits have Fiat X1/9 rear light units. Until 2002 it had rectangular Toyota rear lights from the 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno and RWD Toyota Corolla Coupe, later replaced with the same round light as the Lotus Elise II.
The aerial mount and whip on the S4 and V8 is the same as the GM Calibra and Tigra. The side mirrors are from the Citroën CX. Non SE foglamps from about 1989 are GM Astra MK1.
The Lotus Esprit fan motors come from the Ford Fiesta MK2. The alternator on the V8 models is a standard GM unit also found in the V6 Opel Omega B and the earlier Lotus Carlton/Omega which also provides many of the interior plastic fittings such as door handles and steering column.
The Lotus Esprit clutch slave cylinder on the 98 onwards models is the same as a series 2A Land Rover from Girling as is the master cylinder. The front suspension of the S1 and S2 came from the Opel Ascona. Front GT3 Brake Pads (Brembo) are the same as on a Fiat Coupe turbo or a Peugeot 406 3.0 V6.
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