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Tim Shaw's 1985

Tim Shaw from Brighton, England, owns a 1985 Turbo Esprit in Calypso Red with a Cream Interior.


Year: 1985
Colour: Calypso Red
Interior: Cream
Driving Style: Fast
Miles per year: 8-10,000
Owned Since: September 2005
Purchase from: Private
Serviced at: No service as yet, but will be performed by Lakeside Engineering in all likelihood
Other Cars: 1989 Honda CRX 1.6/16v(ABS Rev 2 version)
Previous Lotus': None
Why an Esprit:  
Upgrades: Oil and coolant!
Problems: Nothing serious, mostly electrical niggles. But hey, Lucas parts and age are the cause! Suspension could do with a tidy up, or replacing, which is my next planned job before my dad moves to France!
Info: See my little miss hap here

I bought the car at the end of September 2005, after having looked for an Esprit for 6 months. I found mine at Shoreham airport, owned by the bloke with the FAA World Record for flying round the world in a helicopter in both directions.


It had been well looked after as it had been part of a collection (I believe it had been acquired as part-payment for purchase of a helicopter!), and looked absolutely mint sat in the hangar next to a Lambo Countach, pretty much in the same exceptional condition.


I've never really had any problems with my Esprit, I do have sporadic coolant loss, and the engine does burn a bit of oil, but not in huge quantities, so I guess it's just the age of the engine. I'm considering having the engine rebuilt to HC spec, just to future-proof the car and make it more reliable, after all, a classic car more often than not is a very good investment.



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