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Robert Crooks' 1989

Robert Crooks from Marple, Stockport, England, owns a 1989 Esprit SE in Monaco White with a Blue Interior.


Year: 1989
Colour: Monaco White
Interior: Blue
Driving Style: Normal
Miles per year: 2 – 4,000
Owned Since: 2008
Purchase from: Private
Serviced at: Esprit Cars, Hazel Grove/S J Sportscars'
Other Cars: 1986 Lotus Turbo Esprit, BMWX53.0sd
Previous Lotus':

S1 Elise 111S

Why an Esprit: Always wanted one since I was a kid Love both the G and S cars so have one of each
Upgrades: Larini twin exit exhaust, PUK 2 chip, Sports CAT, S4 wheels
Problems: None so far


I purchased my SE from Paul Chandler on LEF. Mechanically it was in great condition, but there was some gel cracking in a few places, and the paint was flaking off on a few edges from a PO's respray. Decided the car deserved a full respray, and based on Kato's experience with Surface & Design, I asked them to do it. Went with the original Monaco White because it is such an iconic colour on an Esprit.

I delivered the car to them on Friday 27 February and they had it for more or less 6 weeks. They gave me regular progress updates throughout this time and sent photos every couple of days (attached). They found that the bumpers were so badly cracked that they needed replacing. They got a local firm to make up moulds and produce the new bumpers and only charged me the price of bumpers from alternative suppliers, so they now have the moulds for future use. They really did provide a top quality service.

The car looks amazing in its new white paint. I took it to my service guy the week after collection. He has worked on Esprits for nearly 30 years, and he described it as the best respray he has seen on an Esprit in terms of the quality of finish. He is a stickler for quality and originality.


I have also replaced the stock wheels with S4 wheels, which give the car a much more contemporary look, but kept the original wheels for potentially showing the car. I have also fitted a Larini twin exit exhaust and sports CAT which sounds awesome.

The car will be on display at the LEF stand at Donnington on 18/19 April 2009.


These were taken at the Snetterton Lotus Festival, June 2009.



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