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1991 Lotus Esprit
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1 of 1, Pilot Prototype of the Jim Clark Special Edition

1991 Lotus Esprit SE Jim Clark Edition Prototype

Engine No. LP910 9010 27567 C
Gearbox No. 2435

Pilot Prototype of the Jim Clark Indianapolis Special Edition
Car Number 1 of 20 JC Editions Produced
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 Victory Win in 1965
Desirable Turbo SE – 264hp & 5-Speed Transmission
Complete Matching per Lotus Certificate of Vehicle Provenance
Supported by Correspondence from Lotus Archives & Copy of Original Window Sticker
One of the “Holy Grails” of the Esprit Model
Highly Original, Thoughtfully Preserved & Enjoyed
Complete with Original Owner's Handbook & Accessories
Recent Inspection & Scheduled Service
Clean CarFax and AutoCheck Reports

In 1987, the Esprit was restyled by British designer Peter Stevens, also known for the McLaren F1. The X180's exterior changes were accompanied by a redesign of the interior that gave more space to the occupants. The major leap forward came in mid-1989, when Lotus finally made a charge-cooled engine available. The 'Eagle' chassis was standardized on all Esprits at this time, but the derivative with the 264bhp charge-cooled engine became the Turbo SE (Special Equipment). The SE not only had far more performance, which was remarkable by any standard and equal to the performance of the Porsche 911 Turbo of the period, but there had been further changes to the aerodynamics. At the front there was a deeper front 'bib' spoiler, the sills and their associated air intakes to the engine bay had been reprofiled and, for the first time on an Esprit, there was a small free-standing spoiler on the tail. Air conditioning and a tilt/removable glass sunroof were also standard.

According to Lotus Archives and Lotus Certificate of Provenance, chassis number 60194 was completed on the 7th of November 1990 as the “Pilot Prototype” of the Jim Clark Indianapolis Special Edition - commemorating the 25th Anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 victory in 1965. Ultimately, the Special Edition was limited to just 20 individually numbered examples, of which few ever change hands. A small brass dash plaque signifies the prototype status of this particular car. This 1 of 1 example varies slightly from the numbered cars and can be identified by the extra yellow finishes on the exterior body. Lotus cars USA initially used the prototype for demo service, later selling it to Carolina Motor Cars of Charlotte, North Carolina in December 1990 with 1500 recorded miles. The Esprit was sold “new” to a local resident at a sticker price of $89,995 – as verified by a copy of the original window sticker on file.

It's said the Lotus resided in Southern California and Scottsdale, Arizona for many years of its life, while thoughtfully preserved as original with occasional use and regular upkeep. The exterior's glossy Lotus New Racing Green (A65) paintwork remains largely original, with a recent refreshening to the front lower nose and skirts - while the cabin displays nice, supple original Special Gold leather and Sand upholstery in factory configuration. Typical lacquer/laminate cracking is visible on the wooden instrument cluster, but has been retained as original. Factory decals can be seen on the rear glass, door jambs, and tidy front and rear compartments.

The Espirit's 2.2 liter Turbocharged engine performs beautifully. Notable services performed within the last five years, include a major timing belt service, suspension, A/C, and electrical work. While most recently, a Spring 2020 inspection and scheduled service included an oil and filter change, air conditioning recharge, battery, and restoration of the speedometer by Palo Alto Speedometer. All electronics and safety equipment are in proper operating order, with a current mileage of 37,700.

The Esprit SE is further supported by its original Owner's Handbook, keys, Carfax and AutoCheck reports, and recent service invoices. Available now for worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom, DriverSource offers this extraordinarily special Lotus Esprit SE Jim Clark Edition Prototype.

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Additional purchase fees for all retail buyers include: $50 Documentary Fee, $5 E-Tag fee, and Vehicle Inventory Tax of 0.2178% of the sale price (e.g. Sale Price - $10,000 @ 0.002178 = $21.78). All Texas Residents are also subject to a 6.25% Texas Sales Tax and state fees (LICENSE + REGISTRATION, and INSPECTION). Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered.


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