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1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo
"Investors" Edition quick explanation...
In 1983, after several years of absence, Lotus returned to the US market. A new private Import & Distribution
company - Lotus Performance Cars was formed with the help of 50 Investors. The principal investors who enter to a
total value of 1, 8% (or 150.000 US Dollars) to the capital of the new distributor, Lotus Performance Cars, received
the first batch of Lotus Turbo Esprits. They were called the Special Edition, or as they were also know, the
“Investors' Edition." A series of 50 cars were manufactured in 1983 to accompany the financial transaction by
Lotus. The cars featured specially painted bumpers the same color as the two-tone side body panels and tinted
sunroofs (an extra that was not available until 1985) and the engines were balanced and blueprinted. A
commemorative plaque " Investor's Special" was screwed to the wheels. 48 of the 50 cars manufactured were sent to
the USA. These units were the first build of Turbo Esprit cars for the USA following a period of inactivity in
supplying cars to that territory.
Brian Angus, Lotus Cars: The Specification of these cars included such items as Special Body Paintwork,
'Powercurved Engines' and 'Matched Suspension'. The Engines were Run In & Powercurved on the Dyno. This exercise
included checking engine ignition & valve timing etc. to ensure optimum performance. Compression & leakage checks
to ensure Run In success. The Power figures were recorded and printed out onto a Graph which was supplied with the
car. The Suspension components (Springs & Dampers) were checked and matched pairs allocated to the cars. These cars
had the following specification:- They were all built to the owners specification which included :- Removable
tinted glass roof panel, Individually tested engine with power curve, Individually tested and matched suspension
ride control units, Comprehensive security system, Hall marked English silver plaque on the steering wheel
personally engraved for the driver. Individually hand sign-written 'Special Edition' insignia and serial number on
drivers door External colour scheme and interior trim exclusive to Special Edition (Optional)
Start of the vehicle build on production line was October 1982 and the cars passed to Sales (PTS). The first cars
(83 MY) were PTS in February 1983. In August 1983 the first of 50 'Special Edition' Cars was passed to sales.(at
this point 105 'Standard' cars had been built). The last of the 50 cars was passed to sales in October 1983.
Thanks to Brian Angus from Lotus Cars for the Information.
This one is # 43 of the 48 delivered to the US. You probably already know Esprits are rare to begin with but an
"Investors" Edition? Wow! Even more so! For all you Wedge Head fans out there, calm down, stop drooling and read
on. Here are a few details regarding this wonderful car.
First let me say, if you're into car shows, you'll have no problem winning Best in Class and depending on the
caliber of the event, possibly Best in Show. It's been on the cover of Lotus Ltd's Remarque magazine as well as
featured in a Hemmings Sports and Exotics article. This Esprit is probably one of the most enjoyable cars I've ever
driven. While a V8 Esprit is at the top of the evolutionary ladder, this 83' feels more nimble, more raw, more what
a Lotus should be. The steering is light, the woosh from the turbo inlet intoxicating. The blow off valve release
sounds so...mechanical, but not annoying like a modern day "boy racer". For a car without ABS, the brakes are
phenomenal. It's obvious how Lotus got it's reputation for great handling cars. Perfectly tuned. Stiff when you
need it but no where near harsh. Shifting is a breeze and I'm happy to add, no issues with 2nd gear syncros!
Everything works on the car! All switches, gauges, and lights. Even the high tech overhead digital clock works.
I have the original Owner's Manual as well as a copy of the original window sticker and "Investors" Edition
handbook. Ownership history goes back to the 90's with receipts to go along with it. I personally know the 3
previous owners. All Lotus Ltd members. True Wedge Heads.
The paint is original except for the area around