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1978 Lotus Esprit


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1978 Lotus Esprit
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Rare Series 1 Model w/ Recent Full Service

1978 Lotus Esprit Series 1

Chassis No. 78010621H
Engine No. AC7 7801 14511

Rare Series 1 Model and One of Only 459 Examples Distributed to the U.S.
Lightweight, Track-Inspired English Motor Icon
Retains Original Driveline, Numbers-Matching Engine and Head
Less than 1,000 Miles Since Comprehensive Mechanical Work
Spring 2020 Inspection, Tune-Up and Detailing
History File Includes Service Invoices, Photos & Owner's Handbook
The Ideal Driver's Example of the Iconic Esprit

When the production Esprit arrived at 1975's Paris Motor Show, it stood in marked contrast to the Europa. Finally, here was a Lotus that led the way not only in how the rear mid-engine coupe drove but in how it grabbed the spotlight. Underneath its fiberglass body panels sat a steel backbone chassis. At around 2,000 lbs. unladen, the Esprit was light with 2.0-liter powerplant. Unlike later Esprits, the Series I have a simple, unadorned look and with unassisted power steering and sharp handling, it is considered the purest of a breed that lasted nearly 30 years.

This original California-delivery Esprit S1 was completed in January 1978 and wears Lotus Yellow over Blue-and-Black cloth and leatherette upholstery. While its earliest history is unknown, records on file date to 1995, all while residing in California until our recent acquisition. In 2006 the Esprit was treated to a host of comprehensive mechanical restoration work, including a complete rebuild of its original engine, which was subsequently fitted with twin Weber carburetors (the original Dellorto carburetors accompany), rebuild of the suspension system, new performance exhaust system, tires, brakes, and detailing of the frame. Additionally, the Lotus was professionally balanced to maximize its handling capabilities. Documents on file note parts used, as well as photographs of the engine's reassembly. The body was said to have also been stripped and repainted in the original yellow hue with new weather stripping installed, while it's believed that much of the cabin's upholstery remains original. A RetroSound radio is fitted for modern audio and period styling. Original mirrors are included with the sale and the engine cover was removed from the car in year's past.

The Lotus currently displays just under 69,000 miles - believed to be original, with less than 1,000 of which have been driven since the mechanical work was performed. A Spring 2020 inspection and tune-up offers continued usability. In addition to restoration records and photos, the Esprit is accompanied by Owner's handbook, Workshop Manual and technical publications.
An iconic, lightweight, track-inspired Lotus, this Esprit Series 1 offers a unique opportunity for the sportscar enthusiast – now available for worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.


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This Vehicle is Being Sold "As-Is." No extended warranty available for this vehicle.

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Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist of the classic collector market. Our unique concept of sales, service, storage and detailing is tailor-made to the enthusiast automotive lifestyle.

Terms of Sale Overview

We reserve the right to remove this listing at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for sale. The following terms of sale apply to all of our listings.

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All financial transactions must be completed prior to our release of any vehicle and its registration.

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Cash (in person), certified check, bank transfers, or 3rd-party financing.

Fees and Taxes:

Additional purchase fees for all retail buyers include: $50 Documentary Fee, $5 E-Tag fee, and Vehicle Inventory Tax of 0.2178% of the sale price (e.g. Sale Price - $10,000 @ 0.002178 = $21.78). All Texas Residents are also subject to a 6.25% Texas Sales Tax and state fees (LICENSE + REGISTRATION, and INSPECTION). Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered.


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Based on 20% down over 144 months
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