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Hello fine people of TLF. I've finally got round to registering, I'm into the sixties British innovators and their cars (also Italian sports bikes). As of last year finally managed to buy the Lotus I always wanted. It was going to be an Exige but then the Emira was announced.. still not sure I've done the right thing (or when I'll get it but you know all about that, I was July delivery, then August, now October.) Anyway, either way the gap in the pic needs filling with a Lotus. Are Esprits really that bad an idea? My boyhood Bond dream car, until I test drove one 20 years ago and had a bit of a never meet your heroes moment. For me the Emira is the new Esprit but waiting for test drive to see it it's as good (or not) as those that get paid to do such things say.

 

 

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Hi and welcome Martin. That garage certainly has an Esprit sized hole in it! It's a safe place for your money as they're appreciating at the moment and I may know of a very good condition and well looked after one for sale locally for you. 

Where in Kent are you? I'm based up by West Malling. 

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Thanks for the welcome, I'm near Staplehurst. Pop me some details on a DM about the Esprit.. I could be tempted, though would probably need to be a later one with the 'neater' trim.

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Ah, this is a S3 Turbo Esprit. Sounds like you're after a GT3 or V8! 

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No no, correct me if I'm wrong but the S3 had the slightly tighter trim versus the 'ruched' Playboy mansion look. That's the one I don't think I could live with.

I'd love a tidy S3 turbo! I don't dislike the Peter Stevens design but I wouldn't buy one, would have to be the Giugiaro.

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I've only ever seen one S3 Turbo that didn't have the rushed trim to the door cards, arm rests etc,  and the owner had had it re-trimmed by a company who said it was going to be too difficult to match the effect and that they couldn't guarantee the results.

Having said that they had done a very good job and the owner was very pleased with the results.

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Ahh ok. I might have got my wires crossed, may have meant any S3 (i.e. not necessarily turbo) with the slightly tighter leather like this one (I think looks fairly original?)

Also I wouldn't completely rule out the ruched look for the right car.

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My, what big frog-eyes you have. Such great cars, the Sprite.

I have to say, Esprit S1 to drive are a tad underwhelming. S3 are brilliant, a well engineered car. S1 will soon soar further in value though, it's an icon. 

You should try an Evora. They are utterly brilliant. As I am sure Emira will be/is. 

Justin 

 

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Welcome Martin.  You've come to the right place for Esprit expertise.  And we're already both in the Emira watch party - was good to meet you at Festival of Speed.  Hopefully some more specific news on delivery dates is coming in the next 2 weeks.

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Welcome! I don't think any Esprit is a bad idea right now. Great car and a great investment! They are only going one way!

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