For a car that's not been in production of 10 years, it still have a present on tweeter, which didn't exist in the public relm back when you could buy a new model from Lotus. Here's a couple of pics we've seen recently.
Esprit Video on Vimeo
Check out this cool video on Vimeo featuring a beautiful yellow Giugiaro Esprit.
2014 Calendar 'First Batch'
First batch of 2014 Calendars where posted on 23rd November and are now in the postman's care. So all orders made on or before 22nd November have been shipped.
Here's a list of owners who can claim there free calendar (shipping to pay) as their Esprit made it into next years calendar.
If your name appears above after submitting a picture for the calendar, please email email@example.com to claim your free wall calendar.
2014 Calendar 'Now Available'
Order yours now
Our 2014 Calendar is now available for ordering at www.esprit4sale.co.uk. We will dispatch orders every saturday, so you should expected your calendar on a Monday or Tuesday (UK) when you order. Any problems ordering please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you sort anything out. Remember our paypal is email@example.com and add the correct postage to your orders. We look forward to keeping an Esprit in your life everyday next year.
A list of owners who's Esprit made it into this years calendar will be up shortly. They can claim one free Wall Calender (postage to be paid) via email once the list is up.
Esprit on Show
at the NEC Classic Motor Show
Looks like there's a GT3 and Essex Esprit on show at the NEC today from what's been tweeted on twitter. See our re-tweets for a look.
Classic Car Weekly Interview (NOW!)
7th November 2013....
I am looking to conduct a phone interview by lunchtime today of an owner of a Lotus Esprit. I am aware the deadline seems short but we've been let down on an owner's view piece by a freelancer, and we have an imminent press deadline! Any queries, please shout!
Japan Lotus Day 2013
27 October, Fuji Speedway Paddock
Tthe annual event in which Lotus cars from all over Japan get together, took place on October 27 on a splendid autumn day after the typhoon. The Fuji Speedway paddock was tinged with Lotus-colours as 520 cars and 1,200 visitors participated in the event with owners and fans alike enjoying this special day.
Many visitors came to see the Lotus F1(R) Team 2012 showcar, the ‘E20’ which was proudly displayed having played the important role in F1 GP last year. Lotus' Chief Engineer of Vehicle Dynamics, Matthew Becker participated in the 2-Eleven Cup for LOTUS CUP JAPAN as a guest driver, and having never driven the circuit did very well to finish in second place. He spent time with owners and fans talking about the race and explained the attractiveness of Exige S which participated in Concours d'Elegance.
But the star of the show was the Exige S! Many were waiting in line for a demonstration ride in one of the two cars running during the event. No one who experienced the passenger ride on the Fuji Speedway could suppress their excitement! The last event of the day saw 200 Lotus cars in a parade - everyone it seems was very reluctant to leave Fuji International Speedway, next year should be even better!
Calendar is currently being printed, then to the binders and should be available in a week or so.
No rolling stone....
Apparently this esprit has been sat at a jap crap specialist for years.. The customer left it with them years ago but never returned to pick it up.... He's now had enough and is going to do it up.... It just made me laugh the picture of it that's all..... :-) in fact there's 2 of them... Very weird. I don't know the full story as of yet, but its bound to be amusing I'm sure.... Il get back when I know..... Read more here.
SWLC Open day 2013
28th September 2013
SWLC are having their annual open day this year on Saturday 28th September between 10am to 4pm. They will be having a large display of car, kit car and performance cars. Lotus and Noble parts and clothing on special offer. Demo`s of thier equipment. Free BBQ again but this time run by Hogs Bottom and will have for sale a large selection of fruit vinegars, unusually flavoured oils, typically English marmalades, jams, chutneys, pickles and savoury jellies, not forgetting our fantastic Dartmoor Dressing. They are also carrying out work on the day and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your car, tour their workshop and parts stores. Come along for a lovely day out and enjoy all the cars we have for display. If you would like them to arrange places to stay for the weekend please feel free to contact them.
French Esprit Club
Intro from members
one year ago, a group of lotus fan decide to create a new club. After a big brainstorming, we decide to call him “esprit club lotus” made a website including database for esprit and 900 engine series and a forum. we are actualy 37 member ( s2 , jps, s3 , turbo , SE , S4 , S4S , V8 present). This year we recreate one meeting “ lotus in britany “ during the 8 june week end.lots of lotus ( 3 se ,2 s4s, ,1s4,1 turbo,1 s2) and 1 excel ( elise evora europa elan jon us) and little event in avignon and in Bandol.( 3 se , 1 s4 ,1V8 ) for this year , we organize a gathering of lotus esprit in the suburb of brive la gaillarde “ ussac” , road to the “gouffre of padirac” and “rocamadour” during the week end of the 9 10 11 th november we will very happy to open the gate of this superb way and welcome all lotus drivers.
Info on Esprit Convertible
Can you help?
I'm still in need of more information about my Esprit cabrio. This time I would like to ask LEW to add an actual picture and ask anybody who can provide me with any information about this Esprit.
What is proved by documents is that this car was registraded 1986 by Alan Maddock together with the Lotus Dealer Ritchies at Glasgow, 393 Shields Road. Its documented because it was exported at this time. (most probably to USA (remember LHD version).
in 2001 it was reimported by Allan Maddock to UK. So is there any one from Ritchies who remember or has pictures or documents?For example from the time before the export? Are there any traces in the USA about this car?
After a long search is now clear that this car has a Lotus Replacement Frame with the number LR003. Lotus itself has no entries in their database for this. Is there anybody who can assume any date for the third replacement frame for an Esprit leaving the Lotus factory?
Any informant you can supply, please contact me via email:firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: And is there really nobody with any remembering about a 907 (not 910) motor with the turbo on the right side instead on the left
Esprit on Wall Street
Money man has a Red Giugiaro
Blink and you'll miss it, (so we've got a screen capture of it for you below), at around 42 mins into the 1987 flim Wall Street, Charlie Sheen's character (Bud Fox) drives to Michael Douglas character's (Gordon Gekko) house. Outside is a Red Giugiaro Esprit, which is only on screen for around 3 seconds. Good spot by one of our regular users.
Bond Esprit Sells
Sub goes for big money
The Lotus Esprit that starred in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me was sold at RM’s Battersea Park yesterday for a large sum. Read more here.
Esprit and a Tesla
Is electric the future?
The new Tesla Model S is pictured here with what looks like an early Steven's Esprit. No much more to say really.
British classics to be celebrated by the Royal Mail
Some of Britain’s best-known classic cars will feature
Some of Britain’s best-known classic cars will feature in a special run of 10 stamps launched by the Royal Mail today (13 August). Photographed by C&SC's James Mann, the classics are split into two themes celebrating the country’s motor manufacturing – Thoroughbreds and Workhorses. The former will include cars such as the Jaguar E-type, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Aston Martin DB5, MG MGB, Morgan Plus 8 and the Lotus Esprit. The Workhorses, meanwhile, are vehicles such as the Morris Minor Van, Austin FX4 black cab, Ford Anglia 105E and Land-Rover Defender 110.The news coincides with anniversaries such as 150 years since the birth of Sir Henry Royce and Aston Martin’s Centenary celebrations. The stamps will be available at your local post office, online or by calling 08457 641641.
Brands Hatch, 24th-25th August 2013
A celebration of Britain's most charismatic sportscar marque and its illustrious heritage spanning over 60 years. From coveted cars to Formula 1 glories, Norfolk's famous brand will be on display over one glorious weekend.
On track, demonstrations of Colin Chapman's famous racers, rally and road cars will be complemented by superb action from the Elise Trophy, Lotus Cup UK and FIA Lotus Cup Europe with a packed support bill.
Meanwhile trade stands and club displays presenting the very best from the iconic brand makes this a weekend to remember on a track that has provided many of the marque's most glittering moments.
See here for more details.
ClubLotus Track Day at Goodwood
Tuesday 29th October 2013
Chris Parker will be running a 2nd track day at Goodwood this year. This will be a 'quiet' day, static noise testing at 98 decibels and drive by at 96. The driver's briefing will be at 8:30am with track activity from 9am-4pm with one hour lunch break. There is a limit of 45 cars and the cost is £150 per car with no charge for additional drivers. Initially only Lotus cars (and VX220s) will be accepted although other makes will be considered should they have difficultly in achieving 45 cars.
See ClubLotus for more details.
Aslam Farrikullah, Lotus chief executive officer and staff with the new Exige S Roadster,
the first production car rolled off the line on June 5
Car sales up at Lotus
as bosses reveal they have sunk £100m into the company to support new three-year turnaround plan
Production at Norfolk car maker Lotus is stepping up a gear after it emerged that its new Malaysian owners had sunk about £100m into the firm and were working on a new three year turnaround plan. Bosses at DRB-Hicom are also increasingly confident that they have got the firm back on track after a torrid period in which questions were raised about the future of the carmaker after it was mired in debts of about £200m.
Sales are well up this year and the firm, which last year was forced to temporarily suspend production, is now making between 40 to 45 cars a week at its Hethel HQ - with 85pc of its vehicles made for export. In the five months to May, Lotus sold 80 cars in the UK compared to the 70 UK sales for the whole of last year, currently it said it had sold 722 cars globally and had also sold 45 racing cars.The news is a welcome boost to the iconic brand and is sure to be a relief to those who campaigned to keep the car maker in Norfolk.
LEW Calendar 2014
Take advantage of the UK Heatwave
Make the most of the UK summer heatwave and get some cool pictures of your Esprit in cool places and send them into us at email@example.com. The best are likely to make it into the 2014 Esprit Calendar. So get your digital camera set on the highest settings, park your Esprits with a great backdrop and get snapping.
Pretty Woman Esprit
Up at Auction
The Lotus Esprit SE that was driven by Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in the 1990 film Pretty Woman is going under auction in July. Read me here.
1997 Esprit GT3 on Ebay
Lightly Modded GT3 for Sale at £15k
A 1997 Esprit GT3 is currently on sale on Ebay for £15,000 which has had some nice mods done and has only 37,000 miles on. Price seems reasonable if the car is genuine and you like the mods. We have no vested interest in this car and don't know the owner, but like the car and thought we'd bring your attention to it. Nice to see good examples (although not original) out there for sale. Both cosmetic and performance mods have been done, take a look. Read more here.
On Sale now!
Handmade to order Esprit Sculptures from David Clark Designs. Read more here.
Bond's Lotus submarine up for sale at RM
Buy an Esprit Sub
The Lotus Esprit that starred in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me is to be sold at RM’s Battersea Park sale on 8-9 September. It took part in one of the world’s most famous car chases, foiling two road-going baddies, before driving off a pier, transforming into a submarine and destroying a helicopter gunship with a surface-to-air missile. The car then emerged from the sea on to a busy beach leaving holidaymakers speechless. The car offered by RM was one of six Esprit bodyshells used during filming but the only functional submersible, which was piloted by retired Navy Seal Don Griffin in the underwater scenes.
Dubbed ‘Wet Nellie’, it was rumoured to have cost Perry Oceanographic, which built it, the equivalent of $250,000 in 1977. With filming complete, the car was moved to an unassuming storage building in New York under a 10-year lease that was paid in advance. It stayed there until 1989, when the unit’s contents were auctioned blind to members of the public. A local couple’s modest bid won the contents and the Esprit was discovered hidden under a blanket.
Now positively indentified, the car has been on show at various locations including the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The last Bond car sold by RM – the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger – netted the Canadian auction house £2.9million in 2010.
More info at www.rmauctions.com or contact RM's London office on 0207 851 7070
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