I'd love to try one, see how the old ones drive. The ~'95 Esprit S4s is an astonishing car, if it's half as good as that then it won't have many contemporary rivals.
talk about a bitsa, and i thought the GT4 and Urraco/ Marek were bad
As with many of their cars, Lotus used parts from other cars to cut down development costs.
Esprits before 1993 have many British Leyland parts and after 1993 have many GM (Vauxhall, Opel) parts. G Esprits have CitroŽn gearboxes as found in the CitroŽn DS and CitroŽn SM, while S Esprits (With the exception of the 1988 North American Market Esprit SE which still had the CitroŽn style gearbox) have Renault UN1 gearboxes.
The door handles come from Morris Marina / Austin Allegro and were kept until the S4 model in 1994 when instead GM Calibra door handles were used.
Early models used a Momo steering wheel, later ones had the same as the Pontiac Trans Am.
Until 2002 it had rectangular Toyota rear lights from the 1985 Toyota Trueno/Sprinter and RWD Toyota Corolla Coupť, later replaced with the same round light as the Lotus Elise II.
The aerial mount and whip on the S4 and V8 is the same as the GM Calibra and Tigra.
The side mirrors are from the CitroŽn CX.
Non SE foglamps from about 1989 are GM Astra mk1.
The fan motors come from the Ford Fiesta mk2.
The alternator on the V8 models is a standard GM unit also found in the V6 GM Omega or the Lotus / GM Lotus Carlton which also provides many of the interior plastic fittings such as door handles and steering column.
The clutch slave cylinder on the 98 onwards models is the same as a series 2A Landrover from Girling as is the master cylinder.
The front suspension came from the Opel Ascona.
Front GT3 Brake Pads (Brembo) are the same as on a Fiat Coupe turbo or a Peugeot 406 3.0 v6.