If you ask me, there aren't too many cars that are cooler than the Lotus Esprit.

There are cars that are faster, more expensive and more exotic, but the Lotus' killer combination of great looks, impressive performance and longevity make it hard to beat in the coolness department.


The Esprit had a staggeringly long production run, being built from 1978 to 2004. This photograph is of the Esprit S3, which was produced between 1981 and 1987 and had a 2.2-liter four cylinder engine. As always, Super Jalopnik Bonus Points who can tell me exactly what year this one is.

What do you think of the Esprit? Has it become a good used supercar purchase?

Photo credit Ed Callow. Click here for a giganto-desktop version.