1977 Lotus Esprit Review

1977 Lotus Esprit s1 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carLotus ford sedan


`if you have to ask...`


The flange gasket blew out due to a crack in the connecting exhaust manifold (apparently manifold cracks are common in early esprits due to extreme temperature variations) Remedied with a re-weld and gaskets.

As a `rolling project` the car will eventually be re-sprayed (black) with a (white) leather interior (upgraded from the dilapidated gold velour). - I dare say I will incur a number of expenses in that department yet.

General Comments:

Purchased due to a `mid life` crisis (and remembering the fun I had in my Europa some twenty five years earlier) I figured I would have to `get lucky `in an Esprit.

My god... what an awesome and shear exhilarating experience... where had I been all those years. Women?...who needs them!...I`m having a close, intimate and meaningful relationship with my s1 esprit. Might see you on the next bend somewhere...Cheers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review