There’s an unwritten expectation that certain classic cars will only ever be restored by professional specialists for customers who only ever write blank cheques. Wonder if the phrase ‘blank PayPal‘ will ever catch on? I digress. The Lotus Esprit, having reached exotica status, falls into that category. Just being a Lotus is arguably enough to earn the cliché. Step forward Matt Oxley, the saver of Lotus basket cases. His restoration and transformation of a £200 Esprit is the kind of real life story that has so far eluded all the current crop of classic car-related TV shows. Forget the lame, scripted drama; ditch the newsreel history bits and instead focus on the determination, skill and can-do attitude of enthusiasts such as Matt.
I’ll admit it – I’m jealous as hell Matt found an Esprit for the cost of a year’s road tax. I’d hit ‘Buy It Now’ on eBay quicker than a bad earth in a wooden Range Rover if one appeared. Wouldn’t we all! So, I must thank Matt for rekindling my long-lost desire to own an Esprit. Not sure how well the news will go down back at the ranch, but if the Landy doesn’t work out, I’m throwing caution to the breeze and the DS will have to wait, too.