Shining in the early morning sunshine the Calypso Red really does look resplendent, offset with the black bumpers and bodywork which help to age the car.
“It's got the black bumpers because they didn't bring out the colour-coded bumpers until 1985. So, it's a very original car. I had a 1982 model last year which unfortunately I had to sell to buy my first house. This one is in much better condition though.”
Alex is clearly pleased as punch to be the owner of such an interesting British car, and despite being aware of how people consider his purchases a little strange, he’s quick and assertive to dispel any opinions of the Esprit being a bit of a dog when it comes to reliability.
“Contrary to a lot of people's opinions, they have both been incredibly reliable for an ‘80s classic. They do have a bad reputation. This one is the 2.2-litre variant which is the slightly bigger engine than the original Esprit that was in James Bond. This is when Lotus made their own engines, so previously they'd just put Lotus twin-cams on Ford engines and things like that.”
“This engine was a full-build from the Lotus factory. So, it's actually a very reliable and well-balanced engine. And it puts out about 160bhp, which doesn't sound a lot now, but back in the ‘80s that was crazy in a car that weighs around 1,100kgs.”