JPS Commemorative Esprit
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An ad for the JPS cars from 1978


Mario Andretti and Colin Chapman pose with a formula 1 car and a JPS Commemorative Esprit.


Colin Chapman (owner and founder of Lotus Cars) had a long-term sponsorship relationship with the John Players Special cigarette company. The relationship worked so well that "Team Lotus" was the most successful team in Formula one racing for its time. It still ranks near the top in most of the all-time records even though it has not raced in many years. The distinctive black and gold colours of the JPS sponsored Lotus cars is reflected in both the commemorative Esprit and the earlier JPS Europa.

So how many JPS Commemorative Edition cars were actually built? It is "common knowledge" that there were to be 100 for the UK market, 100 for the US/Canada market and 100 for the Rest Of the World market. It seems clear that these production figures were never achieved and that approximately half the 300 planed were actually built. One opinion is shown on this document from Andrew Ferguson where he reports that a total of 185 were built. On the other hand the Esprit book written by Walton states that there were 94 British cars, 26 US cars (10 of the US cars were calif. spec emissions ), and 27 for the "ROW"...rest of world....for 147 total. Lotus told Walton that the first commemorative JPS Esprit was completed by 13 December 1978 as unit number 78120550G. The last was ready on 27th July 1979; unit number: 79070278J.

Another opinion about the number of JPS Esprits produced can be seen in this letter from from Steve Lacey of Lotus Cars to Mr. Parkinson in Nov 1989. Steve claims only a total of 123 JPS Esprits were built - 92 Domestic, 13 ROW, 10 Federal and 8 California cars.

If you know of any JPS Esprit owners please make them aware of our register so we can list as many of the JPS Esprits as possible on this register. The policy of the register is to display e-mail addresses for those who wish it. To ensure privacy, other contact details will not be released to the public. To contact any of the individuals on the register simply e-mail me at:mailto:[email protected]and I will ask them to contact you.

Apart from myself there is a growing list of known JPS Esprit owners. This register is designed to identify those owners so we can provide one another with mutual support. (Where do you get replacement World Champion badges anyway?)

The lastest known owners of commemorative cars are:

(to see the details of each car - if available - click on the car spec and number)

owner

car spec and #

e-mail address

Federal cars

Mario Andretti

Federal # 001

the Andretti family web site

James Strickland

Federal # 002

[email protected]

Alexandre Emond

Federal # 003

[email protected]

Andy Wayne

Federal # 004

[email protected]

Will Granger

Federal # 007

[email protected]

N/A

Federal # 009 (destroyed)

N/A

Roo

Federal # 010

[email protected]

Lloyd

Federal # 014

N/A

Ray Tobey

Federal # 017

http://www.bionictoad.com/lotus/

Name??

Federal # 018 (for sale)

905-686-4055 (Toronto area)

John Ridley

Federal # 019

e-mail address ?

Steve Frey

Federal # 020

Vallejo CA

Jon Isherwood

Federal # 023

[email protected]

Bill Galbraith

Federal # 024

[email protected]

Andrew Bobro

Federal # 027

[email protected]

Name??

Federal # 028 (for sale)

[email protected]

Name??

Federal # 029 (for sale)

http://www.traderonline.com/

Frank Pusateri

Federal # 031

[email protected]

Name??

Federal # 035 (for sale)

[email protected]

Bruce

Federal # 036

[email protected]

Chuck??

Federal # 039

e-mail address ?

Rich and Peg Flowers

Federal # 040

[email protected]

Trevor Knowles

Federal # 042 (for sale)

[email protected]

Phil Mitchell

Federal # 044

[email protected]

Tony Vaccaro

Federal # 045

[email protected]

Al Zelt

Federal # 046

 

[email protected]

Art Mason

Federal # 047

[email protected]

Phil Mitchell

Federal # 049 (for Sale)

[email protected]

Wayne ?

Federal # 053 (for Sale)

[email protected]

David Fitch

Federal # 055

mailto:[email protected]%20

Raymond Robinson

Federal # 056

[email protected]

Raymond Robinson

Federal # 091 (for sale)</

ebay

Rick Kirkbride

Federal # 100

[email protected]

Domestic cars

Jerry (once Nigel Mansell's)

JPS Turbo

[email protected]

Paul Phillips

Domestic # 002

e-mail address ?

Name??

Domestic # 003

e-mail address ?

Chris Barrett

Domestic # 004

[email protected]

Nick Warren

Domestic # 005

mailto:[email protected]@kerridge.com

David Harrison

Domestic # 006

[email protected]

Geoff & Pauline Harrison

Domestic # 007

[email protected]

Lloyd Jackson

Domestic # 009

[email protected]

John Keers (searching for current owner)

Domestic # 010

[email protected]

Martin Andre

Domestic # 013

e-mail address ?

Brian Walley

Domestic # 018

[email protected]

Sandra Rossi

Domestic # 019

e-mail address ?

Colin Finch

Domestic # 020

e-mail address ?

Graham Harrison

Domestic # 021

 

[email protected]

Name??

Domestic # 022

e-mail address ?

Nigel Carter

Domestic # 023

e-mail address ?

Gary Breadner

Domestic 024

[email protected]

David Kent

Domestic # 025

[email protected]

Barry Wayne

Domestic # 028 (sold)

[email protected]

Peter Folprecht

Domestic # 029

[email protected]

Ian Munro

Domestic # 032

[email protected]

Henry MacColl

Domestic # 033

[email protected]

K. E. Plowman

Domestic # 034 (for sale)

Tel: 01527 403136 (UK)

Timothy Hart

Domestic # 035

e-mail address ?

C. Ratwell

Domestic # 037

e-mail address ?

M. Taggard

Domestic # 040

e-mail address ?

Graham Capel

Domestic # 044

[email protected]

Alfred Moreton

Domestic # 044 (for sale)

[email protected]

D. C. Thompson

Domestic # 047

e-mail address ?

Name??

Domestic # 048

e-mail address ?

Jeremy Carson

Domestic # 061 (for sale)

listed in Club Lotus

Jonathan Chapman

Domestic # 063

[email protected]

Liam Fahy

Domestic # 064

[email protected]

Paul Grant-Reason

Domestic # 065

[email protected]

Mark Jarrold

Domestic # 066

[email protected]

I. McDonald

Domestic # 068

e-mail address ?

Charles Willment

Domestic # 070

[email protected]

Fred Nally

Domestic # 072

[email protected]

D. Campbell

Domestic # 073

e-mail address ?

Name??

Domestic # 077

e-mail address ?

Name??

Domestic # 079 (for sale)

Coys auction

Richard Burgoine

Domestic # 082

[email protected]

Pavitraj Pandher

Domestic # 083

[email protected]

Peter Ritson

Domestic # 085

[email protected]

Name??

Domestic # 086 (for sale)

Tel: 01754 880687 (UK)

Name??

Domestic # 087

e-mail address ?

Paulette Appleby

Domestic # 089

[email protected]

Name??

Domestic # 092

e-mail address ?

Name??

Domestic # 094

[email protected]

David Parkinson

Domestic # 095

e-mail address ?

Steve Simmonds

Domestic # 096 (for sale)

listed on e-bay Mar 2006

dominique Hilarion

Domestic # 098

[email protected]

David Noble

Domestic # 099

[email protected]

Stewart Milne

non-commem

[email protected]

Rest of World cars

Romaric Croisile

ROW # 007

[email protected]

Rescue Me Please!

ROW # 010

Pierre-Alain Gaillard

ROW # 012

[email protected]

Emmanuelle Barideau

ROW # 017

mailto:[email protected]%20

Name??

ROW # 020

Name??

ROW # 023

Located in Japan - 1998

Ian Peters

ROW # 025

[email protected]

Franky

ROW # 027

[email protected]

Name??

ROW # ???

Located in Sydney Australia


Some vintage racers still flying the JPS colours.


This is an appeal for assistance. In 1978 Mario Andretti was Formula One World Champion. In April 1979 Lotus presented him with a 1979 Lotus Esprit before the Long Beach Grand Prix for being champion. This presentation was covered by various members of the press and we understand photos and an article on the event were printed in at least one automotive periodical. We understand copies of the photos and the article were offered for sale on E-bay recently. The JPS Register is willing to pay a resonable finder's fee for someone who can provide us with original copies (see oxymoron collection) of these items. Thanks for your assistance.


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