It was good enough for James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, so this Lotus Esprit series II sports car should be good enough for you.
If it's good enough for James Bond, it's good enough for you. This 1970s Lotus Esprit sports car, that is.
Ok, it's not the James Bond variation – no option to go underwater and no firing of missiles here. But you can pick up this Lotus Esprit 2.2 for much less than the movie car thankfully.
This is a later 1988 model, but still with much of the look, perhaps with a few more rounded edges, but still unmistakably the Lotus Esprit. According to the seller, this two-seater has a 2,174cc engine, 65,000 miles on the clock, all the documents and MOT certificates, removable glass sunroof, alloy wheels, electric windows and mires plus modern additions like a 12-CD multichanger.
It's been in storage for two years, so you'll have to take that not account. But on the plus side, you get the personalised plate. £4,000 is the current asking price if you want to turn some heads.
Here's a car that will turn heads at the petrol station. Indeed, if you buy this 1978 Lotus Esprit S2, you'll probably be spending a lot of time down the petrol station.
It's a car that pretty much screams the 70s, motoring excess oozes from every corner. And with so many sharp edges on the design, that's an awful lot of corners. This second-generation Esprit has a 1,973cc engine, a mileage of just 49,000 and a good amount of work done on it, to the point that it drives well enough, without any 'smoke or rattles', says the current owner. On the downside, it apparently needs painting, some minor bodywork repairs and some work to the windscreen, not to mention new tyres.
So a mixed bag, but if you're prepared to do a bit of work (or to get someone else to do it), this Lotus Esprit S2 could be a car to impress. After all, a first-generation Lotus Esprit was good enough for James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me. Although sadly, this one doesn't turn into a submarine. £1,320 is the current price.