Hi I'm looking to bye a lotus esprit and I will be honest I don't know what I'm looking at my heart has settled on a Lotus Esprit Turbo 40th Anniversary Limited Edition is its a good idea I know this model does not have the chargecooler,it has carbs is this less complicated and would it be worth getting it converted to k jet pleas help so I can justify buying one to me self
A few thoughts from an owner of two Esprits ('85 Turbo & '96 S4s)........
Why don't you want a chargecooled version? It's only a radiator and a water pump!
Having rebuilt Turbo carbs, I would say injection is far simpler. As for converting to K jet, it's a lot of work and new parts. You would be better off buying a car with GM injection.
A question you should ask yourself is, will I be working on the car or do I have to pay someone else when something goes wrong? As a guide I budget about £1000 per year (every year) for servicing/repairs/upgrades with myself doing all of the work.
Another question is will it be your only car? If you have to use it every day, older cars are not very nice in the wet. If I touched a wet white line in my Turbo it would instantly step sideways.......
Buying an Esprit is just the same as buying any other car, check that everything works (haggle when it doesn't). Check where it's been serviced, and contact the garages concerned to confirm, etc.. If you're not sure what to look for, take someone that does.
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