Tony Krncevic's 1977
S1 Year: 1977 Colour: White Interior: Saddle Driving Style: Normal Miles per year: 0 – 1,000 Owned Since: 2005 Purchase from: Private Sale Serviced at: Service myself. Parts from R.D. Enterprises, JAE, Tingle's Other Cars: 1985 Porsche 944, 1987 Jaguar XJ6, 1977 Esprit S1 Previous Lotus': These are my first two Why an Esprit: 'I've wanted one for almost as long as I can remember. Read my answer to this question under my other S1 if you are bored!
I've always wanted an S1, but more specifically, it had to be white, with a tan or saddle interior. When I bought the red one, I was following the good advice of "buy the best example you can find". . . . but what I really wanted was a white one. So here it is!
Upgrades: Lumenition ignition, Spax adjustable dampers, upgrade to Dellorto carburetors from Federal-spec Zenith-Stromberg. Modernised fuse box and independent relays for fans. Motor mounts, wheel bearings, and the other usual stuff. Problems: 28 years' worth of California sun, plus a few odds and ends. Info: See below
I purchased this car in December 2005, fulfilling a lifelong fantasy of owning a WHITE Esprit S1.
The day I bought the car, in Arizona, at an elevation of 7200 feet. December 2005.
The previous owner of this car, in California, bought it locally with the engine in pieces, and from 1998 to 2005, completed an engine rebuild as well as a lot of other mechanical restoration. In 2005, He moved to a smaller home high in the mountains in Arizona. He no longer had room for the car, and wanted to see it go to a good home where it would be completed.
Loading it onto the trailer for the 2000 mile trip home. The journey home, somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico. Endless miles of desert!
As I purchased it, it was running and drivable, but in need of a little tuning, a lot of sorting, paint, trim, and most of all an interior. The interior was originally brown marcasite with beige seats/inserts. However, when it faded, a previous owner SPRAY DYED it black. From there, it faded and became brittle to the point that just touching it would make it crumble and leave fine brown dust everywhere.
Home in Ohio -- first drive!
I am retrimming it in a saddle-coloured leather. Not an original colour, but it is what I always wanted, and I am otherwise keeping the style (stitching, trim, etc.) like original.
I have acquired many of the trim pieces needed, and have spent a lot of time sorting out small mechanical issues. I hope to have the car back together and fully useable in Spring 2007.
As it sits now: Clean, safe, dry . . . interior is out for new upholstery.
This is an early S1 where the colour was sprayed in the mould. The finish is original, and while not really in good condition, should polish out to look decent. I am going to hold on to the original finish for now, and learn as much about it as possible so that when I do repaint it I can do it right.