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Andrew Pearce's 1986

Andrew Pearce from Sydney, Australia, owns a 1986 Turbo Esprit in White with a Magnolia Interior.


Year: 1986
Colour: White
Interior: Magnolia
Driving Style: Fast
Miles per year: 1,000 – 2,000
Owned Since: 2012
Purchase from: Private
Serviced at: Myself
Other Cars: Jaguar XJ8, Nissan Patrol 4.2 TD, Ford Falcon Ute
Previous Lotus': None
Why an Esprit: Always likes the 'G' Cars styling, and always wanted one since I saw my first S2 at a car show. Then "The Spy Who Loved Me" cemented the want.
Upgrades: None
Problems: No real problems, but does need some TLC to bring her back 100% health. Just at 26 Y.O. some bits are showing age
Info: See below


Have been looking for a good Esprit for many years now without much luck. I had been watching the private classafides for a while, and notices the car late 2011 / early 2012, but was then gone. In June, the advert was back (at a reduced price!) so organised a test drive, and after a long 4 hours of deciding, I purchsed it.

The car was imported from the UK in 2010 by the previous owner, who got it regularly serviced, but wasnt mechanical enough to fix the "little problems"

The car came with Service & Parts manuals, a fair bit of history particularly by the lase owner in the UK, and makes me the 5th owner with 40,000 miles on the clock. Also came with a Certificate of Provernance from Lotus confirming the cars origins

Being 6'4" tall, the driving position had to be addressed, so removed the seat spacer & runners and now fit much better. Later, Ill look into removing some seat padding or changing the drivers set type entierly.

During the first few months, I spent most weekends fixing rattles, doing battle with "Lucas the Prince Of Darkness" (Dim-Dip module playing up - not required in Oz, so have by-passed), and generally getting to know the car.

Planning to remove the engine at Christmas 2012 and replace timing belts, rubber hoses the big "C" service etc and througherly check out the mechanics.

I plan to keep the car as standard, but will upgrade items to improve the reliabilty as required.


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