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Robert Crooks' 1986

Robert Crooks from Marple, Stockport, England, owns a 1986 Turbo Esprit in Calypso Red with a Magnolia Interior.


Year: 1986
Colour: Calypso Red
Interior: Magnolia
Driving Style: Normal
Miles per year: 1 – 2,000
Owned Since: 2008
Purchase from: Private
Serviced at: Esprit Cars, Hazel Grove/S J Sportscars'
Other Cars: S1 Elise 111S, BMWX53.0sd
Previous Lotus': None
Why an Esprit: I have wanted an Esprit since my early teens, and had got close to buying a late Stevens number of times in my thirties. I purchased an S1 Elise111s for fun and some track use earlier this year, and this rekindled a desire to own an Esprit, but a Giugaro turbo, the car I fell for in my teens
Upgrades: Since I purchased it last month, it has had a full C service, new front discs and pads, a new steering rack, and a few othher cosmetic bits and pieces. I intend to gradually improve it to close to concours condition.
Problems: None so far


I purchased this car from Gordon Gooch of Scotland in November 2008. I am the fourth owner. The first owner had the car for around 4 years, but did approximately 55k miles in that time. Towards the end of his ownership the car had a new gearbox under an extended warranty - I have evidence to prove this. I am also led to believe the car was fitted with a new engine at Hethel due to some porosity problems with the original engine - but I havent been able to prove this yet. The second owner had the car for around 10 years and added approximately 10K miles. He was from the Sunderland area. Gordon owned the car for 8 years and only added around 3k miles. I am also considering swapping my Elise for a later Stevens car - the Esprit bug has really bitten!



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