I know what you are thinking. A ragged Lotus Esprit Turbo…you must be nuts? But hang on just one minute. We can all agree that the prices for late model classics are through the roof right now. Anything aircooled Porsche, or Toyota Supra, or Acura NSX — all insane $50k plus pricing for junk that […]
You can’t deny it — the 11 year old boy (or girl) inside you wants to drive a super car. Every single day. That little kid spent so much time staring at the mid engine red styled by Giugiaro speed machine on the wall in his room and you are driving around in a comfy SUV. Stop it. I know the excuses…modern super cars are too expensive and classic super cars are collected to the point where they are also overpriced…and maintenance on a V12 is ridiculous. But what if I told you that you could afford a vintage mid engine super car and afford to drive it every day. Well…maybe it’ll leave you stranded occasionally, but AAA unlimited towing is a small price to pay for letting that little kid see his dream. Find this 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 offered for $14,500 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next car might look like something that Jim Rockford would have chased down the bad guys (with a paint color change, of course) and done some serious J-turns or Bandit would have evaded Buford T. Justice across scores of county lines…but with the base (Buick sourced) 231ci V6 mated to a 3-speed auto, this car would have a hard time chasing down a kid on a bicycle, much less evading some baddy with a Pontiac LeMans or a full sized Ford. Despite that…I can appreciate that someone looking to get into the classic car hobby with an affordable and approachable classic could do much worse. Find this 1980 Pontiac Firebird Esprit bidding for $3600 no-reserve in Tempe, AZ with less than 1 day to go on BringATrailer.
Before I pass on to the great junkyard in the sky, I want to own a supercar. Not a “supercar” like a Honda Civic with a turbocharger and giant fart can exhaust, or a Fauxrari kit car that rides on Fiero suspension, but a legitimate supercar. Something that looks amazing, goes fast, turns heads, snaps […]
Imagine you are a successful 50-something car fanatic and you’ve decided it is time for your supercar. Do you buy an older Ferrari 355 for $50k or a newer Porsche 911…or do you save a pile of cash and pickup something more exclusive and far less douchey? Like this 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo offered for $19,500 […]
Have you ever thought of the perfect one-liner reply to some joker on the way home from your tête-à-têtem, there is a term for that L’esprit d’escalier– roughly translated into english as staircase wit. I don’t have that issues as much as I have the issue of realizing that the price of some junker classic is going to skyrocket […]
Colin “Simplify, then add lightness” Chapman died in 1982, but he would be proud of this next Lotus, not because of what his company sold as a new car, but because of the dedication to speed that its disembodied form…well…embodies. Find this 1980 Lotus Esprit here on eBay bidding for $1,055 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located […]
The Lotus Esprit (es-spree) enjoyed a remarkably long life with only minor changes in its 28 year lifespan. Somehow, the little UK based car builder managed to produce over 10,000 examples from 1976-2004 Find this 1989 Lotus Esprit SE here on eBay bidding for $8,100 with 3 days to go, located in Orlando, FL. The […]
Eventually you come to the realization that your grilling career at Burgerland isn’t going to catapult you into elite circles, but you’re desperate and ask “Glenn, what is the absolute rock-bottom way to enter into the world of exotic car ownership?” Well, let’s simplify it a bit. First, find a car that has been battered, […]
Take a look at this 1989 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE here on eBay bidding for $3,150 with auction ending next Wednesday at 9:55AM Pacific time. From eBay listing: Item specifics Condition: Used Seller Notes: “PARKING BRAKE IS NOT WORKING.” Year: 1989 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): SCCFC20A7KHF62604 Mileage: 20,200 Number of Cylinders: 4 Make: Lotus Transmission: […]