I'm selling the 1988 esprit that I purchased from a board member back in February. Here is the link to the original sale thread on the car:
Stunning 40th anniversary 88 Esprit Turbo for sale
I'm not selling it trying to cash in in any way - in fact at my asking price I lose several thousand over what I paid out for it (adding service).
The car lived up to the original ad's hype. It is fantastic looking, inside and out. My wife and I drove it back to Atlanta from Dallas and it ran like a charm. Since then, only about 300 miles have been added, bringing the total to 26,300 miles.
I had the car serviced at Lotus of Atlanta to replace the timing belt, and with it they replaced the water pump (done since the labor to get to it was already paid for). I asked them to check for any other needs, and they ultimately also changed the drive belt, compressor belt, camshaft oil seal, water outlet & cam cover gaskets, oil (5W30 synthetic), and coolant. Total cost, and yes I feel stupid, $4,500.
Issues. Well, on the way to LOA, the speedometer began to give wild readings, and now pretty much doesn't work. Sometimes it acts drunk, but generally it stays at zero. ?? I haven't had it looked at. Also, the passenger window decided to no longer work, so it's stuck fully up.
Physically, the only "blemish" is a slight crazing below the passenger side spoiler mount, I'm guessing from people closing the lid by pushing down on the spoiler. It is much less significant than describing it would have you think. You have to really look to see it.
Why am I selling? I'm just not smitten with it. It needs and deserves a passionate caretaker.
I got a great deal in buying it for $15,000 (thanks David). I'm selling it now for $16,500 (remember my insane service cost).
Thanks for looking.