Reportedly one of just 246 HCi Turbo models ever built, this 1986 Lotus Esprit is certainly worth our attention.
The HCi variant was the first fuel-injected Esprit, utilizing a Bosch KE-Jetronic fuel injection system and a catalytic converted, on top of the higher compression engine, which is where the ‘HC’ moniker comes from.
When new, the 2.2-liter engine on turbocharged Esprit HC models would produce 218 PS (215 HP) and 298 Nm (220 lb-ft) of torque, with more pull available at lower engine speeds compared to previous incarnations.
This black over tan model, getting auctioned off on Bring a Trailer, comes with a removable roof panel, a 5-speed manual transmission, silver BBS wheels and just 48,000 miles (77,248 km) on the clock. The ad states that 4,000 miles ago, it was fitted with new cam belts, clutch kit, tensioners, rebuilt transaxle, fuel pump relay and ignition coil, among others.
Inside, it’s got wider and lower tan leather seats, to accommodate taller drivers, although the driver’s seat bolster does have a tear on it. Another negative is the non-operational air conditioning system, but at least there’s a Sony head unit with four JBL speakers on-board.