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Brand New 1989 Esprit! (SOLD 38,600 $)

Postby tweetdriver63 » Sun 24.05.2015, 23:39

Holy crap! I don't know what this car will fetch, but a brand new 1989 Esprit, stored properly since new, with only 84 miles on it!!! Who knew such a car even existed?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lotus-Esprit-Le ... 1473617707
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby epipete » Mon 25.05.2015, 01:30

The advert contains a typo then as it says 84k!
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby tweetdriver63 » Mon 25.05.2015, 01:43

Yeah. It's a typo. The picture of the odo shows 84 miles.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby bingoking » Mon 25.05.2015, 04:00

I saw this one as well and at 84 miles got my heart racing, then I read the description 84,000 miles.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby tweetdriver63 » Mon 25.05.2015, 05:10

bingoking wrote:I saw this one as well and at 84 miles got my heart racing, then I read the description 84,000 miles.


Folks, look at the pictures. There are two close-ups of the speedo, and the odometer definitely says 84 miles, and the condition appears to totally agree with that. The 84k in the description is obviously a typo.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby epipete » Mon 25.05.2015, 08:26

tweetdriver63 wrote:Yeah. It's a typo. The picture of the odo shows 84 miles.


Despite it being obvious and supported by the pictures it's still a bit of an 'own goal' having such an error in the description.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby lotusflasherman » Mon 25.05.2015, 12:29

Never mind the mileage. Who wants a car with a cassette player for heavens sake? :lol:
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby wayne » Mon 25.05.2015, 22:54

2004 limited edition (I out of 16 cars). 0 kms £42k Esprit
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby lotos » Tue 26.05.2015, 15:23

Let's see what a bad investment the original buyer has made here. MSRP in 1989 was around ... $80-90k. Store for 26 years, and turn that $90k into ... $40k? Let's see where this ends.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby tweetdriver63 » Tue 26.05.2015, 18:04

EBay is not where I would sell it, unless all else failed
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Scott J » Tue 26.05.2015, 23:35

my 05 Mini Cooper has a cassette player much to my surprise, I love it cos I can play all my old cassettes, nothing in the house to play them on, and wife not into 80's Indie anyway :D
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby lotusflasherman » Wed 27.05.2015, 00:58

Scott J wrote:my 05 Mini Cooper has a cassette player much to my surprise, I love it cos I can play all my old cassettes, nothing in the house to play them on, and wife not into 80's Indie anyway :D


Wow, that's old school... would that be a 1905 Mini Cooper then? :lol: ... and you've still got cassettes that actually play? Goodness, I found cassettes and performance cars incompatible as the coil of tape got shaken about too much when I hit a bump and it would go all 'wow and flutter' when the coil collapsed, and then shortly after, jam up. I converted all my cassettes and LP's to mp3 format years ago. I have got a cassette player in an elderly motorcaravan but that permanently has a cassette with a magnetic head, wire and jack plug that came with an early 'Discman' type of personal CD player so the jack gets plugged into the phone for mp3 files stored on that to be amplified through the head unit.

I've removed the OE Pioneer Radio/ CD player in the Elan and now have a Blaupunkt Brisbane that has no CD player but plays MP3 files from a SD card - very lightweight unit and the 32 GB SD card currently has 3,300 tracks using only 12.5GB of it so still room for plenty more. I'll let somebody else work out how many CD's I'd have to carry to provide that. Brisbane unit can also use the Nokia handsfree phone unit to play mp3 files from the phone but they are all on the SD card anyway so don't use that option..

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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Doug » Wed 27.05.2015, 05:21

I'm going to watch this and see where the bids end up. Likely they will go higher than I'd want to bid, but for the right price this would be a fun car to get. I figure I could drive it a few years and still sell it reasonably as a cherry low mileage car? I may call the number and see what his reserve price is.... :bonk:
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Dave Eds » Wed 27.05.2015, 05:56

No Doug, just get your Evora :poke:
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Tuga2112 » Wed 27.05.2015, 09:59

I'll never understand these nearly no mileage cars.

cars were made to be used. sports cars were made to be enjoyed, 26 years in a garage isn't neither. a complete waste of an esprit in my opinion, just hoping the next owner actually enjoys the car.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby lotusflasherman » Wed 27.05.2015, 11:04

Tuga2112 wrote:I'll never understand these nearly no mileage cars.

cars were made to be used. sports cars were made to be enjoyed, 26 years in a garage isn't neither. a complete waste of an esprit in my opinion, just hoping the next owner actually enjoys the car.


:agree: Can't even claim it was a good investment. A waste of money and a waste of a car.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby tweetdriver63 » Wed 27.05.2015, 18:36

lotusflasherman wrote:
Tuga2112 wrote:I'll never understand these nearly no mileage cars.

cars were made to be used. sports cars were made to be enjoyed, 26 years in a garage isn't neither. a complete waste of an esprit in my opinion, just hoping the next owner actually enjoys the car.


:agree: Can't even claim it was a good investment. A waste of money and a waste of a car.


Probably thought it would be worth a lot more after 25 years back when they got it.
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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Rambo » Wed 27.05.2015, 18:59

What a waste of a lovely car keeping it for that long in a garage.

Totally agree with Tuga - cars like this were meant to be enjoyed and driven hard

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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Rambo » Wed 27.05.2015, 19:04

"Tires were stored in plastic bags to elimate dryness and to keep fresh"

Would you really want to drive on rubber that was 26 years old ? Wonder when the cambelt, tensioners, water pump, belts were last changed :shock:

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Re: Brand New 1989 Esprit!

Postby Doug » Thu 28.05.2015, 15:48

Well I text the seller. Seems the Reserve price is $75k !! :shock:

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