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Esprit GT3 pre production prototype

Loose Cannon

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One version of the GT3 I always wanted to know more about was the prototype which appeared at the 1996 Geneva salon. Because the V8 hogged the headlines all I ever saw was it sitting in the background, but it was obvious it was supposed to have V8/S4s arch flares and split rim wheels. Presumably these were binned when Lotus wanted to tone down the GT3 to justify the £20,000 price difference between it and the V8.

Well a nice little brochure popped up on Ebay from Belgium, and it shows for the first time a few other angles and inside this first car. Can you believe they were going to colour code the steering wheel? That's one feature that I'm glad didn't go into production





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