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
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
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,
To learn more about this vehicle, please contact our sales
department at (281) 497-1000 or [email protected]
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