The Lotus Esprit was made from 1976 to 2004. The models manufactured in 1980 were the Series 2, the Essex Turbo Esprit and the Series 3. The model was based on a concept by Italdesign and all variants used a common set of molds. The original engine was a 2-liter, 4-cylinder unit with an output of 160 hp. From May 1980, the S2.2 model was produced as a stopgap before the arrival of the S3. As its name suggests, an enlarged engine powered the S2.2 with a capacity of 2.2 liters. The Essex Turbo Esprit boasted a new turbocharged, dry-sump engine with an increased output of 210 hp. The next upgrades were the new Turbo Esprit and S3 models, featuring a revised chassis using the configuration of the Essex model as a base.
1980 was a milestone year for Lotus, with the introduction of new models featuring significant improvements and the discontinuation of special editions. Please don’t hesitate to call the member of The Beverly Hills Car Club team to ask any questions you may have on the different models and variants. The friendly staff is always happy to discuss with other classic car enthusiasts. When purchasing a classic, it is recommended to hire an expert to carry out a complete pre-purchase inspection. This will allow you to have a better understanding of the model, its condition and history. Should you need help finding an expert in your region, please don’t hesitate to ask The Beverly Hills Car Club team. The staff will gladly share their contacts and give you more information on the best practice for buying a 1980 Lotus Esprit.
The Beverly Hills Car Club has a wide inventory of classic cars for sale, including models of 1980 Lotus Esprit. Call the friendly staff today to inquire about the current availabilities. The team will assist you in your research, purchase and ownership experiences in a hassle-free environment.
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