This vehicle is displayed in our San Carlos California Showroom (650) 326-1000.
This Esprit is one of only four-hundred units that made their way into the United States and this one has spent its entire life here in sunny California. Still retaining its original paint and decals this Lotus has recently seen a number of preventative maintenance items replaced or upgraded. Soft black/grey suede lines the interior of an otherwise angled and abrasive looking body style that still stands out today.
The Esprit was debuted in October 1975 at the Paris auto show, and went into production in June of 1976, replacing the Europa in the Lotus model line-up. The first of these cars eventually became known as S1 (or Series 1) Esprits. With a steel backbone chassis and a fiberglass body, the Esprit was powered by the Lotus 907 4 cylinder engine, as previously used in the Jensen Healey. A series of improvements made to the Esprit during its initial run led to the S2 (or Series 2) Esprit. The most obvious of these changes are intake and cooling duct \"ears\" located behind the rear quarter window, tail lights from the Rover SD1, and an integrated front spoiler. S2 Esprits also used 14-inch Speedline alloy wheels designed specifically for Lotus.