A Lotus Esprit formerly owned by company founder Colin Chapman is up for sale through British dealer Mark Donaldson.
As detailed by Motor Sport, the car is a 1981 Series 3 Turbo model with some modifications specified by Chapman, including power steering and a pollen filter to help alleviate his hay fever. The car rides on a lowered suspension, with modified bodywork to reduce wind noise, according to the seller.
This car is one of approximately 143 Turbo Esprits with a dry sump engine oiling system for the engine, which was blue printed.
Chapman’s car is a 1980s throwback, with “Turbo Esprit” graphics and stripes, red pleated upholstery, and a roof-mounted Panasonic RM 610 stereo.
In addition to Chapman, the Esprit had at least one other notable driver. In August 1981, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher briefly drove the car around Norfolk Airport, with Chapman in the passenger