Hello and welcome to another edition of WWS! Earlier I wrote about a Lotus Evora inspired by the iconic Lotus Esprit, so it seemed fitting that an Esprit featured in this week’s WWS. This may be a later edition than the one used in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, but it still has the familiar shape.
This is actually 30 years younger than its James Bond counterpart so those keen mathematicians amongst you will be able to work out that this model is from 1997. Offered by Wallis & Son LTD, this is the GT3 edition which first hit the road in 1996 as a lightweight alternative to the heavier and more expensive V8 model.
This means instead of a hearty 8-cylinder engine you’ll be greeted with a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder unit. Don’t turn up your nose just yet though as there is still some decent power. 240bhp is available from the turbocharged engine, meaning this British lightweight is able to hit 60mph 5.2 seconds and will max out at 164mph.
Throughout its 20-year lifespan the Esprit has covered 55,886 miles and has been kept in excellent condition. The car comes with service history as well as a 6 month warranty and 12 months’ MOT. These cars are pretty rare to say the least so if you’re on the market for an Esprit then this may be up your street.