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I came across this advert for an S1 on Craigslist this evening. The write up is interesting. I didn't know that Lotus was going to change the headlights to low-profile lamps which, it seems, were an experiment on the S1 before the Esprit was discontinued. I would like to know what the "factory" mods were to accommodate a 6' 3" driver other than lowering the seat onto the floor.

Anyway, connoisseurs, enjoy the add:-

~1977 Lotus ESPRIT Coupe, --loaded with $50k in refinements which make this likely the most desirable specimen of ColinChapman's supreme creation! For example, a below photo shows a comparison between the special experimental aerodynamic low-profile DOT-approved sealed-beam retractable-headlamps on the left, vs. the rather outlandish if ugly looking standard L.Esprit popUp-headlamps on the right; --this was to be offered on new L.Esprit's (-but then the Esprit was untimely discontinued). The showroom condition interior is in Corinthian/brown-Leather, and has been factory-modified to give ample head & leg room for a 6'3"-driver; --plus the elect./door-windows have been improved to lower fully into the window-sill (-which standard Esprit's do not!). There is a dash-switch to illuminate the 45*-slant 4cyl.-2Liter DOHC engine within the unique transparent engine-cover; --whereby the driver can look back and view the engine at night through the cockpit/aft-window while driving! The electrical-system has been up-graded from the problematical Lucas to a reliable USA/marine-quality system. Another photo shows the stylish louvered aft-window where just above is integrated an LED/Brake-light, -positioned beneath the high-efficiency roof-wing. The Brake-system employs silicon-oil, and the engine naturally uses Mobil-1. Driving the car with it's 5-speed transaxle and inboard/disk-brakes is a wonderful experience, the uniquely rigid monocoque/tunnel-frame kept the weight down to only 2,350-lbs, -thus the rack&pinion-steering is precise and handles far more nimbly than half-ton heavier later versions. This car is priced above the market at $25K(-no Tax), and thus strictly for the connoisseur whom appreciates one-of-a-kind motorcars. While i don't entertain tire-kicking lookie-lou's, --if seriously interested feel free to make inquiry... ~Robair vH

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Someone should pass it onto Swizbeats

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He forgot to mention that having a glass engine cover is in fact a practical addition as it means you see whether the engine has caught fire or not. Something I learned with mine... High efficiency wing is my favourite bit though.....

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That wing looks highly efficient and helping the car get airborne! :lol:

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I'm pretty sure this car has been posted on here before and as far as I can remember it was a fair while ago. I would suggest that he is having a lot of trouble moving the car on.

Not a wonder. :hrhr:

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I think that the word improvements should be used with sarcmarks - ^^ around them to surely show that this is completely ironically written? My favourite additions are the wing mirrors, that look like they've been added by a neanderthal.

If someone told me they'd spent 50k on this I would point them to the loony bin!

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Anyone else puzzled as to why there is no picture of the "Showroom Condition Interior"?

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ramjet Yesterday, 08:26 AM

Anyone else puzzled as to why there is no picture of the "Showroom Condition Interior"?

Maybe the interior is crafted from cutting edge shell-suit material....i believe green and blue are respected colours?...

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Maybe you're right. Leisure suit green with blue trim. :hrhr:

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the wing is positioned closer to the center of gravity on this Esprit S1 ..so the effect on downforce is more 'balanced' between the wheels :D

..as for the 50k spent ..you can do the same on 'hautecoture' kind of stuff, and still look like a granny with Botox .. as seen on many Upperclass celebrety events all across the world. So money spend on a specific thing does not mean that someone does have taste in generall

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