Esprit swims into Resto Show
PRACTICAL CLASSICS RESTORATION & CLASSIC CAR SHOW, NEC, BIRMINGHAM
LOTUS ESPRIT S1
The 30th example of the Lotus Esprit S1, built just seven cars after PPW 306R used in The Spy
Who Loved Me and finished in the same colour combination of white with red tartan interior, will make its post-restoration debut on Practical Classics’ stand at the NEC next month. Both the car and the film celebrate their 40th anniversaries this year. The car was restored by Paul Colman, who taught himself upholstery skills after receiving a £15,000 quote to repair the interior.
Also on the magazine’s stand, the Golden Spanner award will be presented to the winner of Restoration Of The Year, the results of which will also be announced at the show.
Editor Danny Hopkins’ Jensen Interceptor will also make its first appearance as a complete car following a long restoration, and the team will attempt to get an Austin Westminster running for the first time in 35 years.
To join Practical Classics, Classic Cars and a record number of owners’ clubs all demonstrating restoration skills at the show, go to necrestorationshow.com to book your tickets.
See this Bond-style Esprit at the show