Seeing a model as long-lived as the Lotus Esprit evolve over time generally requires some clever photography or graphical work, kind of like this. This video doesn't require any of that trickery, though, because it features every single model year of Espirt in one glorious row of awesome British cars.

Taken at the 2013 Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch in the UK, it features Esprits from 1976 all the way to its last model year in 2004. It really puts into perspective the slow evolution of the mid-engined, wedge-shaped Lotus, as it went from a very 1970s design to something decidedly more modern.

We've got the full video below, which starts with a red 1976 model, travels down the line to a silver 2004 Esprit, and then all the way back to the original. Take a look, and let us know what you think.


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      • 11 Months Ago
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      Bella Bear
      • 11 Months Ago
      The comments about Lotus reliability issues are somewhat incorrect especially with the MY1989 and up cars. These cars came with GM multi port fuel injection and DIS ignition as GM was now the owner of Lotus, and while the Loti faithful bemoaned the trans am steering wheel with the first ever fitted air bag on these cars , the fact is that lotus's became very reliable, safer and extremely fast. They were one of the fastest production cars in its day as well as the ability to out handle most every exotic out there. Add to the fact that Ferrari builds more cars in 2 years than Lotus built Esprit's in it's entire 27 plus year run , it makes for something quite unique. It is the most fun you can have with your cloths on!
      no1bondfan
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Esprit is probably the first car that really made me care about cars. Seeing Roger Moore and Barbara Bach evade a machine-gun-firing helicopter in their Lotus Esprit, and then launching it off a pier, was just amazing. Like Aston Martin, Lotus made a proper James Bond car.
      SPcamert
      • 11 Months Ago
      Where's the one from Pretty Woman?
        Bibs
        • 11 Months Ago
        @SPcamert
        The Pretty Woman Esprit (and Basic Instinct, same model) is the Turbo SE that you can see at 23 seconds in the video.
      Andrew
      • 11 Months Ago
      know what wood have been cooler? if it was Corvetes! no one cares about $h!tty unreliable brittish cars
      Gernn Blanston
      • 11 Months Ago
      "You're listening to the best in smooth jazz and finicky british exotics, KLTS FM"
      Radioactive Flea
      • 11 Months Ago
      A mechanic's dream convention.
      Soccer Mom
      • 11 Months Ago
      I am not sure why I drooled over these as a kid. Now, I see a fairly simplistic and unattractive old sporty (vs. super, as I used to think of it) car.
      Eta Carinae
      • 11 Months Ago
      When is lotus going to start producing newer cars ? They had 5 beautiful concepts cars.....if at least 2 came into production it could mean a major change in the company's appearnce......
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