Hello folks, Lotus newbie here with a rather scary purchase of an S3 Esprit Turbo (1985) project 😬.
I’ve always been a car enthusiast and anything engineering related since I was a kid. The Giugiaro Esprit drew my attention a few years back but didn’t have the funds, so after selling my previous project this summer and staring at an empty garage space I pushed the button. This is by far the most full-on project I have undertaken, quite frightening as I’m looking at a pile of accumulating bits on the floor after a 20th cup of tea haha.
The Lotus is a US import and from what the seller told me the car has not been started in over 8 years. The engine turns over but I’m not even going to attempt to fire it up. The paint and the interior look scary as hell, but this is just cosmetic and I’m hoping the mechanicals are in good shape (once I get to them). The plan is to strip the whole thing down to a bare tub ready for new paint, recommission the engine and then put it all back together- this is going to be interesting hahaha (wish it as simple as typing it out).
Would really appreciate some help and guidance from all the knowledgeable folk here in the forum, I’ll try and get a build thread on the go as well.