White Lotus Esprit could be star of sale

A farm fresh, barn-stored Lotus Esprit is one of the latest cars to be entered in the specialist auction of vintage and classic cars at Dorset auction house Charterhouse on March 9.

A Lotus Esprit

The Lotus Esprit 3 rolled off the production line in 1982 and is one of just 1,053 Esprit’s 3’s produced. Sadly the owner became ill a few years ago and his beloved Lotus was driven into a barn on his farm one day where it stayed. With the owner now in a care home the difficult decision was made to ask Charterhouse to enter the car into their next classic and vintage car auction where it is estimated to sell for £14,000-18,000.

“Arguably the most famous Lotus Esprit was the one used by Roger Moore as James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me which morphed into a submarine and this was the car which inspired the owner to buy his white Lotus Esprit 3,” commented auctioneer Richard Bromell. “Today it looks slightly sad covered in a film of dust and dirt in the barn but that is only superficial and I am sure the lucky new owner will have this Lotus back on the road in no time.”