LOTUS ESPRIT S1
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?