• Jul 20, 2010
1979 Lotus Esprit with Buick GNX turbo V6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

What happens when you're head over heels for the lethal wedge styling and superb handling of the 1979 Lotus Esprit, but find yourself smitten with the all-out grunt of the turbo 3.8-liter V6 in the Buick GNX? If you're the intrepid creator of the particular car you see above, you mate the two, forging your very own take on the Esprit Turbo. On paper, the mashup seems like a match made in the lofty spires of the Lotus engineering department. Whereas General Motors' conservatively rated 276-horsepower six pot tended to suffer by being bolted into the heavy GNX platform, the lithe Esprit could have always used a bump in power over its smaller four-cylinder. At least one creative soul has opted for a sexier looking Yamaha SHO swap to solve the Esprit's power woes, but we're big fans of this particular recipe.

If your mouth is already watering at the thought of a mid-engine turbo V6 terror, we're about to sweeten the deal. The car is currently for sale, and looks about as mint as mint can be. The engine bay is clean, the paint spotless and the attention to detail unmatched for a Frankenstein creation of this caliber. Perfection? Thy name just might be GNEsprit. The running bid is a shave over $16,000 at the time of writing with the reserve not met, so get to bidding. You just might take this sucker home. Thanks for the tip, Al!



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool, but for this money you could get a later Turbo Esprit with similar Horsepower and more room in the engine bay to work. Also the idea of a heavy cast iron pushrod V6 in a race bred Lotus seems amiss.I'm sure it doesn't do the delicate handling any favors either. I prefer the SHO engined version
      • 4 Years Ago
      ........not sure the wedge is dating well........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously? Show me other cars from 1979 that have aged as well as this beauty. I am guessing you are in the minority here.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, I'm with Pokey, neither the Bora nor the M1 look anywhere near as good as this Esprit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think the Esprit looks that bad, but I do think the M1 and Porsche 928 (from the same time period), have aged better. Perhaps a flat-front airdam Lancia Stratos, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd agree, this design is kinda timeless. Looks great to me; hope this guy gets enough to cover the work, and attention to detail that he put into this project.

        For me, I tend to be more of a musclecar guy, but if I were to look at exotics from that time period, it's this or a Ferrari 308.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NICE PRICE
      • 4 Years Ago
      I adore the Lotus Esprit, this generation is one of my favorites. I've always wanted either the 1980 Turbo or the 1997 V8 Model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FREAKING GORGEOUS!!!!
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      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, for a 1979 that thing is sexy all blacked out.... delicious
      • 4 Years Ago
      My favorite engine in any car is great. This car looks great too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a timeless design. Over 30 years old and still more modern looking than many new cars today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IIRC GNX was rated at 300hp. There are multiple ratings all over the board from different sources, however.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would look right in Miami Vice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      dang..that looks awesome. Kept in mint condition. It looks like an F-117 haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want it in red with an alloy sleeping cabin attached to the roof... this would be epic!
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