The Lotus Esprit can be regarded as a British classic, its design has remained synonymous with Lotus since the car was announced at the Paris Motor Show in 1975. The Esprit entered production in 1976 and after several variants over its 28 year production run, Lotus ceased production in 2004 – quite the life span!
The design is peculiar one, but one I’m sure you’ll agree is visually very pleasing. The inspiration behind the original design of the S1 (Series 1) was the brainchild of Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, with his ideas being based upon the aspects and angles of folded paper.
This particular car has received a complete rebuild which was carried out between 2008 and 2010. The car has been painted in Monaco white with the iconic Tartan interior, this was done in an attempt to replicate the Lotus Esprit in the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’
The rebuild really did leave no stone unturned with several experts supposedly believing that this is one of the best examples of an S1 Esprit. In total the restoration was valued at circa £60,000, photographs and restoration receipts are present.
Viewing welcome and highly recommended.
Sep 10, 2015