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Anyone on here owned a Lotus Esprit? They have got on my classic car radar over the last few months, creeping into my consciousness :) and after watching a road trip video in one at the weekend, my interest is piqued. I'm not really interested in the late 80's/early 90's versions so it would be an S2/S3 Guigaro car. I am in conversation with a dealer for a good one but all depends on what I decide to do with the Cayman R. love it, fantastic car but time to sell after 4 yrs me-thinks. (any takers on here? - just had the 4yr major service at Porsche OPC with 110point check malarkey).

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A mate had a few - felt more like a kit car than a real car IMO. Early Elise is about as far back I'd go in the classic Lotus market.

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Smells of glue?

Got one mate who loves his but I have never been in it.  He keeps saying I would love it because its very interactive, light and delicate.  

I would be worried taking it on a long trip given the reputations.

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25 minutes ago, Richard Bernau said:

...because its very interactive, light and delicate. 

Which in reality means "...because its very scary, skittish and fragile" :)

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1 hour ago, MarkJ said:

Anyone on here owned a Lotus Esprit? They have got on my classic car radar over the last few months, creeping into my consciousness :) and after watching a road trip video in one at the weekend, my interest is piqued. I'm not really interested in the late 80's/early 90's versions so it would be an S2/S3 Guigaro car. I am in conversation with a dealer for a good one but all depends on what I decide to do with the Cayman R. love it, fantastic car but time to sell after 4 yrs me-thinks. (any takers on here? - just had the 4yr major service at Porsche OPC with 110point check malarkey).

I have always had a soft spot for the S3 and earlier ones! Is the video you are talking about the one of Harry's Garage?

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I would only have an S1 so I could go underwater.......

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and probably never see dry land again...

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1 hour ago, Lesworth said:

I have always had a soft spot for the S3 and earlier ones! Is the video you are talking about the one of Harry's Garage?

yes it was Les, he takes it on a roadtrip to Austria to see the Bond museum perched ontop of a mountain, during the winter! (@RB are we near this place on our euro trip in June? make a great diversion or destination) he has nothing but compliments for the Esprit on the trip, which got me thinking it would make a cool mode of transport to head down into Italy and show those Italians what an English Ferrari looks like ;)

All I keep reading is it has sublime handling (as you'd expect from a Chapman car) and plenty of go as its light. Interior looks pretty comfy and fit for purpose to me.  Reading various forums you get the usual mixed message range of 'ooh no poor reliability' v others singing its praises for its reliability! :blink:  Hence why I wondered if any of the more clued up guys on here knew better.

 

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5 minutes ago, MarkJ said:

Interior looks pretty comfy and fit for purpose to me.

Have you sat in one yet?

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9 minutes ago, MarkJ said:

@RB are we near this place on our euro trip in June? make a great diversion or destination

 

Don't know.  You have the maps/route...  ;) 

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If its the one at Solden, then kind of.  We have the option of going over the TImmelsjoch to Obergurgl on day 5 (IIRC).  From there you go down the valley to Solden which is about 20 mins, then you either cable car up or drive (I presume) to the Spectre experience.  I was there last winter skiing and didn't bother to go in as it was flippin expensive.  There is a super posh restaurant as well, also flippin expensive.  Unfortunately, there is no way from Solden through the Otztal valley south to where we need to go - you have to go back over the TImmelsjoch.  I have looked on the maps.  And last year I even ran up to the end of the valley and up a farmers track until it was just snow and impassable.  So a direct route really is impossible.

If you wanted to do it, its completely possible, but I reckon adds about 2 hrs+ to the day and that's on top of the fact that you have to add it to the longest route option for that day.  I am totally cool for people to make the trip into what they want and do what they want though.

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43 minutes ago, MarkJ said:

which got me thinking it would make a cool mode of transport to head down into Italy and show those Italians what an English Ferrari looks like

This is what an English Ferrari looks like, AM DB4 GT Zagato

 

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Not quite the same but I had a 1990 Excel SE a few years back as it was a bucket list car from my teens. Most disappointing. Nothing about it was as had been raved about. Electrical reliability was terrible. I once drove it to Anglesey and back but I would never have trusted it any further. Whilst owning that I thought of an Esprit and test drove a JPS S2. Again the hope I had never materialised into anything that would have made me go for it. 

I still love the idea of them and that Harry vid did get me thinking again but no.  

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1 hour ago, jevvy said:

Have you sat in one yet?

No, and intend to try a couple of local cars out just for that very thing as did read seats might not have any adjustment depending on year. But this is generally the interior, looks plush :)  Though in my eyes that steering wheel is upside down! 

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@Mondrian - ha fair point! 
 

@RB no worries just thought if it had been near enough to our route it might have been a cool diversion. 

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1 hour ago, jevvy said:

Have you sat in one yet?

 

8 minutes ago, MarkJ said:

No

I'm not saying anything else until you do, I look forward to your thoughts :)

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A friend of mine ran an Esprit v8 twin turbo for a few years.  It was very, very rapid, I can't recall the passenger comfort.  He sold it after 2-3 years after putting very little mileage on it.  He constantly felt he was dodging a huge garage bill bullet so could never relax and drive it.

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I did read on one forum that a major service takes 15hrs ! :blink: not sure if that's true or if that particular guy had been rinsed by a 'specialist'  I cant see any reason why it would take that long just because its mid-engined, so is my Cayman! 

I expect they are a little like our cars in that the more you use them the better they are and those that sit around like garage queens suffer all sorts of niggles through lack of use. A bit like 911 ownership, they went through a phase where they were cheap super-cars so some may have been run on low budgets with poor maintenance creating problems down the line for other owners.

@Jev, Harrys garage guy and a couple of other owner vids were generally complimentary about the interior/comfort/driving position.

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Speak to Max500 Ltd in Guildford - he services them (and Porsche)

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thanks for the tip and link :)  that 'Essex' special edition is very Essex :lol:

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I have to say an S1 looks absolutely splendid. I have always loved them but never sat in one (I am sure I will be fine Jevvy)..

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S1's are big bucks though Les, circa 70k whereas a very good S2 or S3 can be anything from 25-38k..from what I've seen.  Simpler lines the better though, Italian design with british F1 engineering. :cool: 

 

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