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1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo Series III [Type 82]

1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo [Type 82] in The Great Muppet Caper, Movie, 1981 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

1981 Lotus Esprit Turbo Series III [Type 82]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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peteyg UK

2020-04-02 20:37

It's an Esprit Turbo, not S2.

993cc VA

2020-12-28 14:55

Yes, 1981 Turbo S3 [Type 82]. Has the Compomotive wheels with painted-letter Goodyears, looks like early dry sump Turbo. Also must be grey-import car, official US sales started in 1983.

-- Last edit: 2020-12-29 23:23:09

993cc VA

2020-12-29 23:27

Strange: This filmed according to IMDb 9/1980 to 2/1981. Essex Turbo's were available in Europe and RoW from 8/1980 (never in US). "Normal" Turbo Esprit's -like this one- were available from 4/1981, US from 1983... But Lotus were known at the time to forcefully promote any new Esprit variant as soon as they managed to assemble a prototype months before proper production... The US-spec Turbo's were already engineered by the time the Essex had come out but kept waiting for the right time to launch to US market.

From http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EHistory/EspritTurboHistory.html:
"Although the Essex Turbo Esprit, price £20,950, had been announced in February 1980, deliveries did not begin until August that year, immediately after the summer holiday shut-down. However, although development work had been completed to ‘Federalize’ the sensational engine, the Turbo Esprit, as already explained, was not sent to the United States at this stage."
"...From April 1981 a Turbo Esprit in conventional colours, but still with all the appropriate body panels and decals, was made available for £16,917.."
and finally
"Before the end of 1982, a new company, Lotus Performance Cars, was set up on the East Coast, headed by John A Spiech, previously General Manager of Ferrari, North America - a 1,000 cars per year operation —and it was suggested that 350 cars would be sold in 1983..."

Gag Halfrunt UK

2020-12-30 00:10

This looks like a studio backlot set, so the scene may have been filmed in the UK.

/vehicle_251380-Chevrolet-Impala-1970.html has a wider view of the set.

993cc VA

2020-12-30 00:44

I just read that part on imdb, the whole thing was filmed in England... So might be a prototype Turbo or even a prototype Turbo Essex as talked about here: Link to "www.thelotusforums.com"
(surely not made for USA then)

-- Last edit: 2020-12-30 00:45:36

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