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1977 Lotus Esprit

Chassis number : 77020134H

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Sold for $106,400 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey.
The production Esprit was introduced at the 1975 Paris Motor Show. It had fiberglass body panels, a steel backbone chassis, and powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine sourced from the Europa and the Eclat. Although exotic, its engine combined with its 2,000 lb. unladen weight did not make it very fast. In European guise, the engine offered 160 horsepower with the American-market cars had 140 hp. Later updates added additional power, eventually receiving a turbocharger.

The Series I examples had black front and rear bumpers, no side air ducts behind the passenger compartment, and taillights from the Fiat X1/9.

This particular example was completed by the factory on February 16th of 1977 and was the 27th of 459 Series I Esprits distributed to the U.S. market. It is the second of just six U.S. examples painted in orange (S04), of which four were finished in 'self-color' gelcoat, where the original color was added to the gelcoat. The interior was trimmed in Oatmeal cloth on the seats, center console, and door trim along with brown Marcasite elsewhere.

The car's first owner was Tim Zaremba, a real-estate developer who only put about 4,000 miles on it before tucking it away in climate-controlled storage under a car cover for decades. It was later discovered and acquired by Tony Krncevic.

The care currently rides on the original tires wrapped around correct Wolfrace chrome alloy wheels.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2018

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2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $80,000-USD $100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $106,400

1977 Lotus Esprit Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lotus Esprit

(Data based on Model Year 1977 sales)
1977 Lotus Esprit Series 1
Chassis#: 77090403H
Sold for USD$50,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1977 Lotus Esprit Series I
Chassis#: 77020134H
Sold for USD$106,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1977 Lotus Esprit S1
Chassis#: 77 030159H
Sold for USD$20,900
  2012 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, Fl
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Lotus Esprits That Failed To Sell At Auction

1977 Lotus Esprit's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1977 Lotus Esprit SI 2004 Bonhams MOTORCARS BROOKLINE $8,000$12,000

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1977 Lotus Esprit Profiles

1977 Lotus Esprit vehicle information
Coupe
Chassis #: 77 030159H
Engine #: AC77703 13570
1977 Lotus Esprit vehicle information
Coupe
Chassis #: 77020134H
Engine #: AC7 7701 13427