Lotus

Driveway Find? 1986 Lotus Esprit Turbo

This 1986 Lotus Esprit Turbo looks conspicuously like a Copart lot find, as this picture goes to show us. The dirt lot, the sticker in the windshield, the yellow marker scribbles – this is surely a Copart car, right?… more»

James Bronze: 1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo

It’s not often that I feel compelled to see just how bad the interest rates are on getting a loan for a hobby car are, but this 1983 Lotus Esprit Turbo almost compels me to do so. Wearing awesome… more»

Mid-Engine GT: 1972 Lotus Europa S2

The Lotus Europa was a mid-engine GT sports car built in England by Lotus Cars. Several variants were built between 1966-75, including this Series 2 edition from 1972. It has been modified and is capable of producing upwards of… more»

Corvette-Powered: 1978 Lotus Elite

I would wager better than 50 percent of the time, when we feature a Lotus Elite project, it’s the kind of car that’ stored in boxes rather than garage spaces. Rarely do they show up as survivors, or complete… more»

Parked For 30 Years! 1980 Lotus Esprit S2

Despite being an icon of British sports cars, this dusty 1980 Lotus Esprit S2 has been left in a garage for 30 years and based on the heavy coating of dust, three decades of storage is certainly believable. These… more»

Touring Pack: 2005 Lotus Elise

“Simplify, then add lightness.” This was the design philosophy that Lotus founder, the late Colin Chapman, utilized with great success in both his racing and road cars. This philosophy lives on with the company he founded, and nowhere is… more»

Rare Jim Clark Edition: 1991 Lotus Esprit

Being one of 20 certainly places a car in rare company, and this Jim Clark Edition Lotus Esprit is certainly an eye-grabbing specimen both for its limited production and color combination. As one of 20 commemorative cars made in… more»

Rare 2+2! 1982 Lotus Éclat S 2.2 Riviera

Merriam-Webster defines éclat as a “dazzling effect: brilliance,” and that’s better than my initial impression that it might be a bland variation of the ever-tasty éclair. If you’re familiar with your 1980s Loti (and who isn’t?) the dreamy Esprit… more»

Super Rare Wedge: 1990 Lotus Excel

This 1990 Lotus Excel is a vehicle the British automaker never imported to the United States, making it a rare sight on these shores. I’ve noticed this car on my lcoal Facebook Marketplace and have thought once or twice… more»

Rare Riviera Edition: 1981 Lotus Eclat

All manners of vehicles are being imported these days as a result of the 25-year importation rules, but a Lotus Eclat with a Targa roof is not the first model you’d necessarily think of shipping over. Still, it serves… more»

Twin Cam Coupe: 1970 Lotus Elan +2

First, go watch this video. Then come back here and write in the comments on how a car this low, this sleek, and this small could be considered a family car! This 1970 Lotus Elan +2 is listed for sale here on… more»

8,700 Mile Time Capsule: 1991 Lotus Elan

This 1991 Lotus Elan was apparently someone’s weekend-only driver, as it has a mere 8,739 miles on the clock. That’s obscenely low, and speaks to a car that was kept under wraps aside from quick jaunts in only the… more»

Rare 2+2: 1972 Lotus Elan 130 +2

This 1972 Lotus Elan is a rare +2 example that has rear seats, a longer wheelbase, and in this instance, the “Big Valve” engine which was another optional upgrade. Though many enthusiasts tend to throw shade at cars with… more»

Unrestored Roadster: 1969 Lotus Elan S4

If you’re looking for the perfect form to buy a car in, this 1969 Lotus Elan S4 might be the textbook example you’ve been looking for. A highly original car that supposedly comes with decades’ worth of service records,… more»

High Wing Survivor: 1992 Lotus Esprit SE

You’d be forgiven if this Lotus Esprit didn’t strike you as being markedly different from any other model offered in the model’s long-standing production run, but there’s a key distinction worth noting: it’s considered a “High Wing” model, which… more»

Chapman’s Creation: 1970 Lotus Europa

To some, a Lotus is a flower that represents purity, beauty, and strength in Buddhist culture. To others, it’s a sports car that was the brainchild of Colin Chapman, a famous race driver and brilliant engineer. In this case,… more»