Lotus Esprit S1

This is my Lotus Esprit S1. It may come as no surprise that I had wanted this car since 1977 when I saw it in the Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me".  It wasn't until my 40th birthday that I managed to acquire this one, roadworthy but tired inside and out. Since then I have gradually improved the car, full respray and more recently a new interior which took me two winters!

It is always challenging owning a classic car and it has pushed me to the brink of selling a couple of times, but the car always turns heads, mainly middle aged gents like myself, but the Bond link keeps up interest to the very young. Indeed nearly half of the Dream Rides I do are for young boys and girls. It's that that reminds me I am lucky to own my dream car. 


Pictures and words by the owner Mark Winfield