THE ORIG­I­NAL ES­PRIT

New Zealand Classic Car - - Automobilia -

In later years, Peter Stevens and Ju­lian Thomp­son smoothed and mod­ern­ized the Es­prit, thus dis­guis­ing the orig­i­nal car’s Gior­getto Gi­u­giaro-styled origami-like styling. It’s also in­ter­est­ing to note that Gi­u­giaro orig­i­nally pro­posed that the new car be named ‘Kiwi.’ How­ever, Lo­tus stuck with its tra­di­tional ‘E’ model nomen­cla­ture. Turn­ing back the clock, this 1:43 die-cast model from Corgi’s Limited Edi­tion range is of the very first pro­duc­tion Es­prit. Re­splen­dent in Sig­nal Red, this model shows off the car’s ‘folded pa­per’ lines per­fectly, and the model also in­cludes pop-up head­lights. The Es­prit’s iconic, sharp style went through three se­ries un­til, in 1987, Stevens rounded off the edges for a smoother ap­pear­ance — the new look be­ing re­in­forced when the Lo­tus Elise stylist, Thomp­son, tick­led up the old beast’s lines in 1993. We’re still wait­ing for the sixth-gen­er­a­tion Es­prit! Corgi mod­els are avail­able from all good toy and hobby shops. Con­tact Toy­mod Ltd (PO Box 18 263, Auck­land, ph. 09 527 0122/Fax 09 527 0144) to find your clos­est re­tailer.

ACBC mas­ter­minded Lo­tus suc­cess from 1947 through to his death in 1982 (7) 2. Re­nault’s 1958 on­wards small coupé, a Frua de­sign for Ghia on ini­tially a Re­nault Dauphine floor­pan — its name changed to Car­avelle from 1962 (7) 3. Flex­i­ble discs, rings or wash­ers used to pre­vent pas­sage of liq­uids, air, gas or dirt — for many years, Bri­tish cars didn’t have good ones, hence oil stains on your garage floor! (5) 4. UK spe­cial­ist sup­plier of oils and other im­por­tant flu­ids for au­to­mo­tive and industrial use (7) 5. Model name for the Ford V8–en­gined ver­sion of the Sun­beam Alpine, built in two main se­ries from 1964 to 1967 (5) 6. Ja­panese car maker, with sev­eral clas­sics to its credit, no­tably its ro­tary mod­els (5) 9. US tyre com­pany, founded in 1900 in Akron, Ohio (just like big ri­val Goodyear!) but since 1988 owned by Bridge­stone of Ja­pan (9) 14. Lex ------- was a four-times Aus­tralian GP win­ner in the 1950s–’60s, and his grand­sons Will and Alex have been suc­cess­ful in V8 Su­per­cars (7) 15. Model name of a suc­cess­ful se­ries of small- to mid-sized fam­ily cars from 6 down, built in eight gen­er­a­tions from 1963 to 2003 (7) 16. Bri­tish com­pany bet­ter known for suc­cess­ful flat-twin mo­tor­cy­cles, but it did make some ef­fec­tive light cars from 1913 to 1922 be­fore and af­ter WWI (7) 19. AC’S clas­sic sports coupé, built from 1954 to 1963, with AC, Bris­tol or fi­nally Ford Ze­phyr en­gines (5) 20. Lan­cia sa­loon and coupé, built from 1953 to 1964 to ri­val Fiat’s 1100/1200 and the Alfa Gi­uli­etta (5) 21. Ital­ian clas­sic car, re­mem­bered mainly for its win in the 1907 Pek­ing-paris rally/race, plus other com­pe­ti­tion suc­cesses from 1905 to 1907 (5)

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