1977 Lotus Esprit S1
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Fall City, Washington, United States
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1977 Lotus Esprit
I have a nice 1977 pearl white Lotus Esprit repainted from lemon/yellow. It has been well maintained in my 6 years of ownership and has rebuilt engine heads, replaced clutch and cable, and a new choke cable. All lights, gauges, shockabsorbers and battery were also replaced.It has twin tanks on it.
See from the pictures it is in nice shape. It has a Brown/Tan interior and runs well. it has nice original racing wheels and the tires are in good shape too. It has prefabricated bumpers with a "Wet Nellie" vanity plate on it and an antique tag so you never have to go through emissions again! I have a lotus certificate of provenance from Andy Graham, company archivist. I have checked the engine number out and it matches."The Esprit was launched in October 1975 at theParis Motor Showand entered production in June 1976, replacing the Europa in the Lotus model lineup. These first cars became known as "Series 1" (orS1) Esprits. The wedge-shapedfibreglassbody was mounted on a steelbackbone chassis. Power was from the 1,973cc (120.4cuin)Lotus 9074-cylinder enginethat produced 160bhp (119kW; 162PS) in European trim and 140bhp (104kW; 142PS) in US/Federal trim. The engine was mounted longitudinally behind the passengers and drove the rear wheels through aCitroënC35 5-speedmanualtransaxle also used in theSMandMaserati Merak. Rear brakes were mounted inboard, following contemporary racing practice. The Series 1 embodied Lotus'performance through lightweightmantra, weighing less than 1,000kg (2,205lb).Front suspension was by upper A-arms and lower lateral links triangulated by the anti-roll bar. Rear suspension was by tapering box-section trailing arms and lower lateral links. The half-shafts had no provision for plunge and handled some of the lateral forces. There were coil-overshock absorbersanddisc brakesat all four corners. Steering was by an unassistedrack and pinion.
While the S1 Esprit was lauded for its handling and was said to have the best steering of any Esprit, it was generally regarded as being under-powered, especially in markets such as theUnited Stateswhere the engine was stifled by emission controls. Lotus' claim of 0–60mph (0.0–96.6km/h) in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 222km/h (138mph) may have been optimistic, as actual road tests returned a 0-60mph time of 8 seconds and a top speed of about 214km/h (133mph).
The S1 Esprit was distinguished from later Esprits by its shovel-style front air dam,Fiat X1/9-sourced taillights, absence of body-side ducting, and Wolfrace alloy wheels. Inside the car, the S1 Esprit had a one-piece instrument cluster with green-facedVegliagauges."
I have had several enquires from the UK. I will ask about shipping it there.
The lotus may be viewed at Resolute Automotive in Fall City, about 24 miles from Seattle, Washington State.
Please call 954-8165952 if you have any questions on it, happy bidding.