LO­TUS ESPRIT S1

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Best 1976 Buys - RICHARD GUNN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

In 1976, no­body did it bet­ter than Lo­tus, which un­leashed a car that as­ton­ished the world. The Esprit had su­per­car styling – all sleek wedge-shaped Gi­u­giaro-penned an­gles and points – and a mid­mounted en­gine en­sur­ing that its han­dling was as ra­zor sharp WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £32,000 EX­CEL­LENT £25,000 US­ABLE £18,000 PROJECT £12,000

as its ap­pear­ance. Of course, its 2.0-litre four-cylin­der 907 en­gine didn’t quite of­fer Lam­borgh­ini or Fer­rari lev­els of ve­loc­ity, and stick­ing it in the cen­tre of the Esprit didn’t do won­ders for its abil­ity to stay cool. But never have Wol­frace al­loy wheels found

a more strik­ing place to call home than on these cars.

And now, the first of them are tax-free. What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of The Spy Who Loved Me – the 007 film that launched the car into global celebrity?

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