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1976 Lotus Esprit

1976 Lotus Esprit

At the 1972 Turin Motor Show, Giorgio Giugiario’s Ital Design showed a Lotus Esprit concept car. Lotus chief, Colin Chapman, recognised the potential of the new mid-engined design. Following development, production began in 1976. The great looks projected by the wedge shaped Giugiario design and the stunning performance from the 160 bhp 2-litre engine, combined with the cars light weight and superior Lotus handling promptly established the Esprit as a supercar.

Stephen Walker
1st August, 2004

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