The history of the Esprit combines the “Made in England” motoring tradition with a touch of Italian pride.
The car was designed by Giugiaro, first contacted by Colin Chapman at the beginning of the ’70s to develop a compact, light and futuristic sports car.
No sooner said than done, it appeared on the Italdesign stand at the 1972 Turin Auto Show.
Many special series were developed over the years but the one which shone out is certainly the V8 Sport 350, the most sought-after and rarest model, created in 1999 as a road version of the prototypes involved in competitions; this very limited edition was produced in less than 50 registered pieces.
The Sport 350 differed from the “ordinary” Esprit in several respects, such as the flashy and efficient carbon spoiler, the upgraded AP racing brakes, the numbered plate (ours is the N. 15), the OZ rims in techno-magnesium and its boosted engine.
The Lotus Esprit was featured in many successful films, such as the iconic 007 by Roger Moore in “The Spy Who Loved Me”, where the car converts into a submarine after a road chase and succeeds to shoot down an enemy helicopter. It was 1977.
An Esprit appeared in the â90s film âPretty Womanâ with Richard Gere having troubles with the manual transmission.
Our car is in excellent conditions with 41.000 miles and it is available in our showroom in Reggio Emilia.