It’s listed for $13,000 in Chicago. This car was originally painted Lotus Lemon Yellow, like my little Hot Wheels friend here, so if you wanted to go for a stock look, a return to the original color would really make it pop. The Development and History of the Lotus Esprit. The seller also notes that the engine did run but poorly, so he had the carburetors rebuilt but hasn’t yet installed them; I’m guessing that’s when he lost interest in the project and perhaps decided to concentrate on vehicles that can actually be used. Still, the S1 wasn’t overly powerful, with U.S. cars dishing out about 140 b.h.p. Now if there were any parts left….
What’s left of the fiberglass body seems to be in good shape, but the once-brown and beige interior has been slathered in cream-colored vinyl that looks terrifying in its current condition. Replacement tanks are available for all Esprits as it is a common problem. What kind of M-Fer gets a lotus and decides to store it outdoors? Bang on Lez. Because if you buy this, you will be underwater. Max speed limit back then, a seriously stupid, 55. Classifieds. I suspect that and simple condensation is the cause for what looks like mold. Drove it 2,000 miles about home. Originally introduced as a concept car in 1972, the Lotus esprit was built in Norfolk, England between 1976 - 2004.
Similar Cars. Dual 8 gallon fuel tanks for balance. Design flaw but Stainless Steel tanks are available and solve the problem forever. Click here to get it featured on the homepage instead.
eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_0',134,'0','0'])); But first, the cold, hard reality. The easiest engine swap is a turbo RX-8 Engine as the weight is almost the same and it fits very easily with much more power. On a quick count and knowing prices for these parts. There were only 10,675 built in the Lotus Esprit's 28 year reign, but it still remains an instantly recognisable icon to this day. The remaining parts are available especially the glass as for the interior there are a few Lotus Esprit sites where you can pick up a complete interior from one that has been totaled either in Europe or the U.S. A V-6 or worse a V-8 will give you more power but will also give you a car that has horrible road manners. They are so much fun to drive. $10.00 Book: Osprey Classic Marques: Lotus Heritage - St Thomas London 01/10/2020. Trivia question. Lotus did not use the greatest materials on the interior. Vehicle history for 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 Project VIN: 403H - including sale prices, photos, and more. The mid-engine design followed Lotus’ obsession with perfect balance and light-weight, and an S1 car may be the purest manifestation of that vision. Or subscribe without commenting. This Lotus was under a tarp and held all moisture from the ground to ruin it. There are not that many vacuum lines but replace all of those. Find a 6 banger Fiero.
Having owned two Lotuses (Lotii?) (For your eyes only). The only other really big thing to do is since the engine is gone to replace the fuel tanks with Stainless Steel Replacements. 9 vehicles matched Now ... from the factory with a 4-speed manual transmission.The current owner acquired the car approximately 3 years ago in project state, with the previous owner having purchased the car in 1980. Money pit. Notify me of new comments via email. Free Advert Auctions Search Classic Cars Classic Bikes Magazine Log in Register. ESPECIALLY FUEL LINES. 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 Project was last sold at the Bring A Trailer Auction classic car auction on Sep 11, 2017View more about this vehicle's history and comps below. Save Bring A Trailer website. Cars & Vans for Sale. Just don’t try to take it for an underwater pleasure cruise, okay? The seller suggests the ever-popular LS swap, which would be a lot of motor (read: fun) for this roughly 2,350-pound car. They are great for every day driving but more often than not you will have people take photos of you at every time you stop for a stop sign. Top end is at or near 150MPH which is enough for most people.
The seller believes that the mileage is genuine at 14,400, but even for a project, the cosmetics appear more fitting for a car with two or three times that mileage. Juice it…and then go kick a Ferrari in the ‘nads. Lotus Esprit project for sale. ShaaaaZaaaamm…Lotero! X1/9 switched between yellow and reed lenses depending on the market, current legislation and what I think Luigi felt like putting on that day. To go to a truly stock look, you’d need to remove the air intakes behind the rear quarter windows—the 718 S1 Esprits built between 1976 and 1978 didn’t have them—but you might want to keep them depending on what powerplant you decide to stick behind the seats. To take off fast, you had to ride the hydraulic clutch.
That would bring this S-1 to its best presentation. I’d skip that and use it as an opportunity to source a set of European bumpers that look much, much better. Rear lights are from a Fiat x19. Save this vehicle to get notifications - updates, prices and comments. Discover all Lotus Esprit for sale! I out cornered Porsche, Ferrari, etc. Was faster in 4 th gear than overdrive.
Re-skin the Fiero with Lotus body panels. The steering wheel looks quite moldy/grimy, so an extensive interior detailing should be on the next owner’s list, who hopefully won’t need twenty years to get around to working on it. It was probably not in as good a shape as the one above when I sold it. So what to do with such a canvas? I used to have a 79 in black with Gold wheels and a Andretti signed steering wheel. tail lights look like they came from a Family Truckster … But…that’s the least of your concerns here! Feb 13, 2020 • For Sale • 23 Comments. The original Speedlines were killer. Got around 35 mpg at 100. I like the Gotti wheels, very period correct. Bruce Best. There’s absolutely proof of dampness, steering wheel is moldy and there’s visible water drops on the dash and passenger seat. These are beautiful when they are complete. Judging from all the other Espites in the photos it appears this thought already occurred to the current owner. It reminds me of the very real possibility of acquiring a project with the best of intentions and then having two decades quickly go by with no progress made. last year. With the exception of electrical problems these then to be very reliable cars if you keep them up. Most frames were galvanized and it is rare that one is in really bad shape. These had a habit of leaking as well as the plastic connectors which caused many fires on the early cars. 1949 International KB216 hours$7,700Bid Now, Good looking car. The seller notes the bumper covers are in rough condition but that spares show up on occasion on eBay. S1’s have gone up in value quite a bit lately — so for me it would be hard to decide what exactly to do with it. Not for the shy but in smiles per miles they are at or near the top of a very short list. Or subscribe without commenting. This is the link to the project I have for sale ebay item number 131504121366 I am not able to complete what I planned due to other projects and space so I want to sell it all on as opposed to split for parts.
It was really cheap .. now worth a fortune .. Life got in the way of me restoring it. (JPS edition) Nathan Avots-Smith. I imported a USA Esprit S1 into the UK. 1 - 1 of 1 used cars. Lotus Esprit. Even with low power these are fun and capable of high speeds just are not fast off the line. Certainly a must to secure the deal. Lotus. Edit … wasn’t Spy who loved me .. it was the Bronze one … having senior moment! Also, no need to worry about that nasty interior—just tear it out and black out the windows), but throw that baby on a trailer and take it to every car gathering you can find and I guarantee you’d be swamped!
Price on this one is pretty cheap though. To anybody that purchases this car, take out the gas tanks and check them for rust. Taking over someone else’s stalled project is always a risky move, but if too much hasn’t been done yet, it’s fun to daydream about the directions you could take it in. Located in Ste Anne Favourite. Classifieds for Classic Lotus Esprit. That being said if you fit they are very comfortable. IF the chassis is good it could be a neat project. Seems overpriced. I would definitely consider taking this on. Aston Martin DB5 $3 - 1 available Lotus Esprit S1 $3 - pending sale Aston Martin DB10 -pending sale All prices are sourced from eBay sold listings. That part was pure movie magic, not a designed-in feature. This was one of the biggest gripes about the S1, with road test reviewers obviously lauding the car for its handling, but criticized it for being underpowered.
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They have many features that if you know them and understand them make the cars simple to work on. I really wanted it but just didn’t have the spare cash. Oh ya, wife drove it to work. Taking over someone else’s stalled project is always a risky move, but if too much hasn’t been done yet, it’s fun to daydream about the directions you could take it in. Continue to innovate not duplicate…, Since the body if fiberglass much of the problems of rust will not be an issue and the repair of the frame is straight forward. Those Gotti wheels gotta go. The tanks are joined so you can fill up by either side which is far more useful than you might think.
A few things I would suggest however. Daydreaming: 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Project. Sad story also, I was offered the back up 007 Spy who loved me Esprit Turbo in 1998 but had just bought my first house. Whether the original teddy bear-like covering was any better is up to you. 1949 International KB216 hours$7,700Bid Now. Where does your imagination take you in this Lotus? Don't post your car for sale in the comments. Just about to start to a second on which came from Boston complete with original Tartan interior. This 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 is described as a long dormant project that’s been sitting in the seller’s barn for 20 years waiting for its shot at restoration. Yes, that is one for Joe. As for the Lots of trouble Usually Serious is far from the truth. The best thing about an Esprit Submarine is that thanks to British fit and finish you could get out in a hurry without having to open a door or window. Oh well, it got her out my 69 Hemi Charger 500 she drove to work. All of the parts needed for restoration can be had but the wiring is troubling. Check out all Lotus Esprit project for sale at the best prices, with the cheapest used car starting from £12,000. The Esprit Submarine picture is appropriate. “Nightmaring: 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 Money Pit”. 2001 Lotus Esprit 1.00 2000 Lotus Esprit 2.00 1998 Lotus Esprit 1.00 1997 Lotus Esprit 3.00 1995 Lotus Esprit 1.00 1994 Lotus Esprit 2.00 1993 Lotus Esprit 1.00 1990 Lotus Esprit 2.00 1989 Lotus Esprit 1.00 Shop New Lotus Esprit.
eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'barnfinds_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_3',106,'0','0'])); There are some buttons missing and wiring that’s been ripped out. Lotus Esprit project for sale. Click here to get it featured on the homepage instead. 10k US would cover it for a car which would come in at over 20K US when complete. Car could not breathe. I do have a soft spot for Esprits .. Speedlines came in on the S2. Looking for a Lotus Esprit S1? 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 Project VIN: 403H. NewsNow Classifieds. The price seems a little high to me — seems like it’s worth closer or 7,000 or 8,000 bucks to me. The interior still left no questions as to this car’s sporting intentions, with low-slung bucket seats and a dash cluster clearly built around the driver. Funny thing … the shape of a vehicle, especially a “sport car” is for creating ground force with the overflowing air … which in a submarine meant, even level, was always being pushed down. What you see here is pretty much what you get, so you don’t get what you don’t see: there’s no windshield, no front or rear decklid, and no engine or transmission. This has parts car written all over it. $750 for the Lotus. Humidity and rain. The fuel tanks sit on a foam piece that can get wet and cause rust in the tank. Regardless, the body looks to be in good condition but the drivetrain needs re-assembly and the interior looks damp. This . Corrected heading: