: Walked by a 'classic' the other day



powerglide
01-03-06, 04:49 PM
I think its a Lotus (Esprit?), it seemed to be modified.

Managed to take a snap shot!

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d25/downandloaded/PICT0381.jpg

mccombie_5
01-03-06, 05:00 PM
Yup thats an Esprit! I believe they were made until 1998

powerglide
01-03-06, 05:09 PM
I always like the looks but couldn;t get over the fact its packs (packed?) a 4 cylinder engine for a 'supercar'.....if I;m not mistake.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
01-03-06, 05:17 PM
The latter years were available as a V8.

mccombie_5
01-03-06, 05:22 PM
The latter years were available as a V8.

With the gearbox from a Renault 25.

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c249/mccombie_5/Car%20Pictures%20-and%20other%20random%20crap%20i%20need%20to%20host/renault251.jpg

Now doesnt that make you feel better

Kev
01-03-06, 06:33 PM
With the gearbox from a Renault 25.



Now doesnt that make you feel better:helpless: :eek:

powerglide
01-03-06, 06:38 PM
On TopGear they discussed the top 160 most satisfying cars you can own as voted by 75000 owners. I think they said 10 out of the 13 LEAST satisfying cars on the list were French......go figure ;-)

DBA-One
01-03-06, 10:06 PM
The Esprit was in production for a very long time and subject to constant improvement. While other "hyper-exotics" got much more expensive, Lotus still offered a bargain considering what the car was. The twin turbo V8 may be the best of the bunch but I'll still take a early '90's Turbo over it. After all, if it was good enough for James Bond it is good enough for me.

HotRodSaint
01-03-06, 11:04 PM
Does the wing qualify it as rice?? :confused:

Kev
01-03-06, 11:10 PM
Does the wing qualify it as rice?? :confused::shhh: ;)

Blackout
01-04-06, 06:31 AM
I think 2004 or maybe 2005 was the last year for the Esprit's

Sandy
01-04-06, 06:59 AM
2004 was the final year for the normal model. There was a single model Collector's Edition for 2005 that was sold out 45 days after being released.

It was always a car that I lusted for! Ahhh, to be different from the masses!
To drive a Maserati Quatroporte instead of a Benz S-Class, an Infiniti Q instead of a Lexus LS, an Imperial instead of a Cadillac, an Audi S8 instead of a BMW 7 series, a Saab 9.5 AERO instead of a Volvo S-60, I just love driving & doing the "other" ~ whatever is the "other' to the masses ~~
YES, LOTUS ~ all the way!

FSU_Noles
01-04-06, 09:17 AM
I actually had the opportunity to buy one of the Lotus' in 93. It was that or the Corvette - I chose the Corvette. Wasn't quite sure where I was gonna find someone to work on a Lotus where I lived (Oklahoma). I can find a Chevrolet dealer anywhere :)

One thing about "exotics" is they require exotic maintenance and parts.

Jesda
01-04-06, 09:50 AM
What a refreshing sight! Definitely a nice change from the daily drudgery of Camrys and Tauruses.

JimHare
01-05-06, 10:46 AM
Whoever stuck the wing on needs to be drawn and quartered...


In the late 60's I had a chance to take a couple of rides in a different Lotus product. I don't remember all the details, but the Lotus Europa seemed to me something like a rocket sled with doors. It cornered like it was on rails and the brakes would separate your retinas... and all from a 4 banger.

mccombie_5
01-05-06, 10:52 AM
Depending on whats in it, it may NEED that wing...

EcSTSatic
01-05-06, 11:12 AM
Yeah but that particular aluminum billet-style wing looks ricey to me. A nice matching 'glass or composite unit would look much better.

mccombie_5
01-05-06, 11:20 AM
Looks a bit out of place but that could be factory fit.

Night Wolf
01-05-06, 11:41 AM
Wow, that car.......








does absolutly nothing for me.... sorry.

Blackout
01-06-06, 03:59 PM
I saw a newer one yesterday as well as a VTXi CTS

gmendoza
10-30-06, 12:15 PM
Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead but theres some bad info here.

Not all Esprits had a 4 cyl. In '97 the Esprit got a TT 3.5L V8. It was in production up to '04 The '04 (It's called an '03.5 in CA to avoid '04 smog restrictions) were the "Final Edition" models and only 33 were made.

Also the car in question is a very unique '99. I considered it before I bought mine. It's one of the very few, maybe only US car, to recieve the Esprit Sport 350 (S350) rear spoiler. The car is also mildly modded and has the updated tailights. I am also positive that that car was used in this music video before the updated lights were intalled.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcMzs8efkZE&search=lotus%20esprit

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-30-06, 12:19 PM
I believe one of the teachers drove a red Esprit like that to my high school on like the last day of school back in '05, I'll never forget how short those cars are!

RobertCTS
10-30-06, 12:43 PM
Whoever stuck the wing on needs to be drawn and quartered...
In the late 60's I had a chance to take a couple of rides in a different Lotus product. I don't remember all the details, but the Lotus Europa seemed to me something like a rocket sled with doors. It cornered like it was on rails and the brakes would separate your retinas... and all from a 4 banger.

I really wanted to buy a Lous Europa many years ago. I went to test drive one but the cockpit is so small I couldn't even get in it! Had to settle for a Mid-Year Corvette.

http://usera.imagecave.com/BobsWork/Lotus-Europa-10.jpg

xxpinballxx
10-30-06, 12:58 PM
Loved it ever since pretty woman.....

AirJigga25
10-30-06, 01:37 PM
On TopGear they discussed the top 160 most satisfying cars you can own as voted by 75000 owners. I think they said 10 out of the 13 LEAST satisfying cars on the list were French......go figure ;-)
My buddy had an AWESOME peugeot wagon in highschool. It was the best car, just great. Then our other buddy got a 1984 peugeot turbo something and it was the biggest piece of shit ever. haa haa haaaa...

CadillacSTS42005
10-30-06, 07:33 PM
I saw a newer one yesterday as well as a VTXi CTS

whats a VTXi CTS?

JRau
10-30-06, 07:41 PM
I really wanted to buy a Lous Europa many years ago. I went to test drive one but the cockpit is so small I couldn't even get in it! Had to settle for a Mid-Year Corvette.

http://usera.imagecave.com/BobsWork/Lotus-Europa-10.jpg

Wow, that is butt ugly. Whew, glad I was finished eating... :vomit:
Oh well, to each his own...

JRau in central Iowa

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-30-06, 07:44 PM
Wow, that is butt ugly. Whew, glad I was finished eating... :vomit:
Oh well, to each his own...


I agree. I never did like those Europas.

Like you said JRau, to each his own.

Destroyer
10-30-06, 11:23 PM
Wow, that car.......








does absolutly nothing for me.... sorry.
..............Its no Isuzu Amigo thats for sure!

Destroyer
10-30-06, 11:26 PM
What a bunch of dolts!. I mean you guys all claim to be car guys yet the Espirit was referred to as a "french" car, a 4 banger and so forth. You guys dont know crap about cars. Yeah the Espirit wound up as a twin turbo V8 with a real low 350hp output (but you knew that right?). Its a great looking car and I personally would not mind owning one. Oh yeah, its English not French!. I'm drunk so if I offended anyone, whatever.

Blackout
10-31-06, 05:14 AM
What a bunch of dolts!. I mean you guys all claim to be car guys yet the Espirit was referred to as a "french" car, a 4 banger and so forth. You guys dont know crap about cars. Yeah the Espirit wound up as a twin turbo V8 with a real low 350hp output (but you knew that right?). Its a great looking car and I personally would not mind owning one. Oh yeah, its English not French!. I'm drunk so if I offended anyone, whatever.Best post EVAR!

Blackout
10-31-06, 05:15 AM
whats a VTXi CTS?I believe from what the CTS guys told me that it was just a body kit

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-31-06, 08:18 AM
..............Its no Isuzu Amigo thats for sure!


LOL!!! I'm pretty sure he made that post long before the thought of owning an Isuzu ever crossed his mind.. Heck, he probably still had the '79 when he posted that...

dp102288
10-31-06, 09:40 AM
Wing could be changed, but its not horrible to me.

The red thing is making me queasy...

powerglide
10-31-06, 11:16 AM
LOL....I missed you guys!

Destroyer
10-31-06, 10:47 PM
LOL!!! I'm pretty sure he made that post long before the thought of owning an Isuzu ever crossed his mind.. Heck, he probably still had the '79 when he posted that...Hey I like Caddy's and his '79 was ok but I'd take a TT Espirit Turbo over it even on my drunkest day. I mean damn, its like asking me if I'd wanna do Chris Farleys rotting corpse or the latest Playboy centerfold.............I'm still drunk. :thumbsup:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-31-06, 11:16 PM
The Esprit is cool and all, but I'd rather have a Cadillac. :)

gmendoza
11-01-06, 01:30 AM
The Esprit is cool and all, but I'd rather have a Cadillac. :)

Why not both. :bouncy:

Rolex
11-01-06, 07:25 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/rolex/backtothethread.jpg

davesdeville
11-01-06, 08:13 AM
I believe the technical term is "necropost."

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-01-06, 10:20 PM
Why not both. :bouncy:



LOL! Touche!