Lotus Esprit S2.2: For Sale

This rare 1980s Lotus Esprit S2.2 is up for sale on eBay, appears to be remarkably clean, and comes in a color palate that looks perfectly presentable in 2015.

The Esprit S2.2 was effectively a stop-gap, produced for one year and one month, but brought crucial changes to the breed. The new 2.2-liter Lotus four-cylinder stirred up 160 horsepower and a heftier 160 lb-ft of torque. Underneath, the S2.2's backbone adopted a galvanized steel construction. But that's not why it is remembered. It's remembered because Lotus produced a scant 88 Esprit S2.2 models, making this one rare bird indeed.

Sure, it won't propel you through time and space quite like its punchy 1990s twin-turbo V8 counterpart, but it's quite a lot rarer and arguably better looking. Outside, the Lotus dresses nicely in brushed grey shade, while on the inside it's all red, all the time.

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Lotus Esprit S2.2: For Sale