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    World Championship Commemorative Edition Esprit S2 (JPS), V8 Vantages
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  1. G'day Lex I had this note on the Loose cars from the US importers. In 1981 there were a lot of politics involved involving Rolls Royce, Lotus's official importer at the time. They blocked an American Lotus Dealer from importing automobiles directly from Lotus , all cars had to come through their operation. With a warehouse full of unsold Esprits and Elites, they were not interested in certifying the turbo car, let alone the Essex. This took a huge amount of time, trying to get their higher-ups to allow this purchase to proceed. Also Lotus was beginning to have problems with their Formula 1 sponsor, so as the story goes, the Chairman decided to cease Essex Lotus production. Some Essex blue Esprits were built ,but were to be sold undecaled. With Rolls Royce stopping the importation, it was decided to purchase the cars through a European Dealer. Also Lotus sales at the time were not robust if ever they were, but the delay on our end allowed Lotus to sell the blue Esprit (#325) they were holding for us . That was when the infamous "white" Essex entered the scene. I had several conversations with Roger Becker at Lotus about the car, making sure that all the official equipment would be included with the car .Lotus even had an update on the scavenge pumps for the dry sump oiling systems. Lotus even suggested that they respray the car at the factory, but because of the certification process to be legal for US roads, it was decided to import the car white, send it through the certification process, bumpers, lights, exhaust, etc and with that completed, paint and decal the car. Three cars were imported at this time, the US dealer saying if he has go through this trouble for one ,he might as well make it worthwhile for his efforts. Of the 3 cars, only one was an Essex car. the other 2 were a black one and a red one. Serial number wise the Essex car was #337 with Compomotve wheels, the red one was #338 with the 5 lug silver cast wheel, the black one had the Compomotive wheels. The other 2 cars did not have the full leather interior.
  2. Mike it may be 1 of the 3 that were painted in Essex colours with red interiors. Chassis numbers were 925, 926 and 927. 925 was meant to go to the USA through Loose Imports but they never took up the order. Roo
  3. Even the best maintained engines can let go Fab. How many times has an engine let go on the Airbuses you fly and they are extremely well maintained. The older things get the more attention they need. At least it didn't bend the valve, hole a piston, brake a rod and destroy the block! Everything can be fixed and it always takes less time the second try. At least you got to drive the car and show it off first. Roo
  4. Looking fab Fab! Something missing though.......hmmm.
  5. When you restore the bindings Fab make sure you mark them 360RD to be more precise.
  6. Great attention to detail Fab, the TSWLM Esprit has a drooping left side headlight've replicated it perfectly on your car! Car is looking fab....can't wait to see it out and about.
  7. Fab if you'd bought this one it would have only been half the work to restore! 003.5 Shame they used the wrong skis.
  8. They were unique to the 1978/79 World Championship Commemorative "JPS" Esprit S2. They celebrated Lotus and Mario winning the F1 driver and constructor championships in 1978. When fitted they had the Lotus horn button not the Andretti one, but his signature on the middle spoke above MOMO. Roo
  9. Found two more sets of Olin MK VI skis, these ones are 195 long. Will keep checking for 205s if anyone needs them.
  10. Glad the ultrasonic is getting lots of use Fab. Here's some simple solutions to use with different parts. 3:1 Ratio Pine Sol and water carbs/aluminium parts 30-60 minutes 1:3 Ratio Lemon juice to water for brass 30-45 minutes 1:4 Dawn dish soap to water for steel 45-60 minutes I have half a dozen 1 pint plastic cups I put the solution in then put them into the water bath in the cleaner. That way you can do different metals at the same time.
  11. Amazing what turns up nearby! Bit pricey at $25!
  12. Thanks Nello, certainly adds to the mystery as Essex were the F1 sponsor at the time. Sounds as if they were using up whatever they had in the cupboard, as Lotus used to do, and covering up the logo with the boss. I wonder how many other Essex had this. Essex were the only F1 sponsor's logoes that appeared on the production cars. This one on EBay has a date stamp of 1-78 The original Commemorative Esprit was shown with a 2 spoke Momo in October and had a JPS logo on it! Get's more interesting all the time.
  13. JPS sponsorship was only for race cars, nothing to do with the production side of the business. Hence no road cars would have JPS branding on them other than for promotional purposes as I showed in above photos. Unless Lotus was going to fit the Momo wheels with the JPS logo to race cars, they wouldn't be able to produce them for the public. I am sure Mike Kimberley can clear it up. The Momo wheels fitted to the World Champ Esprit S2 had Mario Andretti's signature on them, he received a royalty for each one.
  14. Would be interesting to know who put the JPS logo on the wheel. JPS sponsored the race team but Lotus never had a license to brand their road cars with the logo, hence no Lotus JPS cars were built other than the team/promotional ones.
  15. Top half is easy to find, got a couple here in the garage. Bottom half, the mounting post is the difficult bit.
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