Ugly Duckling: 1977 Lotus Esprit S1

Good news for cheap car lovers out there — the derelict look is in!  Some folks call it outlaw style, but it means that unrestored cars are cool, and mismatching bumpers are hip.  Magnus Walker could affix a New Beetle roof on a 911 using the elastic from his tighty whities and a bunch of dudes under an air conditioned tent in the Phoenix desert would throw panties money at him. It also means that cars with peeling paint and starters that only work on the third try aren’t a total embarrassment, so you can own one of these:  A 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 here on eBay bidding for $13,599 with 2 days to go, located in Olympia, WA.

Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Series 1 Lotus Esprit is the ultimate expression of polygonal folded paper design and looks fantastic just sitting still.  Even in the dilapidated state we see here, it screams supercar without the over-the-top wings/fan/ducts of something like a Countach — and lucky for Esprit lovers, prices are similarly low key.

Sitting behind the driver’s seat you will find a Lotus type 907 4-banger mated to a 5-speed manual transaxle.  The little Lotus engine
is a 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve all alloy engine that pushes out something
around 144 horsepower.

See a better way to get into the suburban derelict scene?