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1978 Lotus Esprit SII

Sale price: £14,995.00 make an offer

Car location: Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

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Manufacturer: Lotus
Model: Esprit
Year: 1978
Type: Coupe
Doors: 2
Color: Black
Mileage: 52000
Seats: 2
Engine: 1973
Transmission: Manual
Fuel: Petrol
Power: 160
Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1978 Lotus Esprit SII for sale

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This is a really nice driving example of an iconic Seventies Supercar. It is a 1978 Lotus Esprit SII finished in Black with Red Leather. It is a great driving. sorted car and ready for immediate use.

The Lotus Esprit gained its own moment of fame when the contemporary James Bond chose a different British sports car for the film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. If its distinctive modern angular lines weren't enough to make the car a screen icon. the ultimate product placement came with its ability to transform into a submarine and look even more svelte in the water. Those few minutes on screen almost certainly cemented the future of the model which has become one of the longest running series of sportscars.

Its design was unmistakably from the pen of Giorgetto Giugiaro and had originated as an Ital Design project car at the 1972 Turin Motor Show. the silver prototype having come about following a chance encounter between Giugiaro and Lotus boss Colin Chapman. The car was well received. and following a protracted development programme finally entered production in 1976. The Esprit retained Lotus's trademark backbone chassis but deviated from previous designs by employing front and rear sub-frames to support the all-independent suspension and engine/gearbox unit. Lotus's own 2-litre. 16-valve. four-cylinder engine provided the power while the five-speed transaxle was sourced from Citroën. Disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels. the rears being mounted inboard.

The Esprit metamorphosed through several series over the next two decades. its first revision being when it gained a 2. 2-litre engine and then turbo-charged induction. Introduced in 1980. the Garrett-blown Esprit Turbo produced 210bhp and was good for a top speed of 148mph. with 60mph attainable in 6. 1 seconds.

There are not many early Esprits for sale at any time with S1's now fetching huge sums. the clean S2 is the next affordable model to buy. when we looked there was not another S2 for sale in the UK!

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from Simon Martin, dated 07 january 2016
Just wondered if this Esprit S2 is still for sale ?

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