Lotus Esprit: The Official Story – Publishers Edition


LOTUS ESPRIT: THE OFFICIAL STORY is the inside story of Britain’s best loved supercar from it’s development in the early 1970’s right through to the 21st century. This large format book has over 550 photographs taken from the archives of Lotus Cars and Coterie Images, and is a must for any Esprit enthusiast.

That the Esprit ever appeared in the showroom, never mind set a record for British sportscar continuous production from 1976-2004, is a story straight from the Lotus era. How Colin Chapman laboured alongside Italian designer and fellow genius Giorgetto ‘Giorgio’ Giugiaro, to bring the first show Esprit to life, is just one of the stories unveiled by Jeremy Walton’s research.

Every edition of the Esprit from the very first Type 79 S1 Esprit to the agile and rapid Esprits, such as the Sport 300 and V8 350, are examined in all their glories – along with the all the race inspired Esprit cars.

The signed and numbered (just 100) editions of this title are bound in a leather style material and presented in a cloth covered, clamshell case. They are individually numbered and signed by Mike Kimberly of Lotus, author Jeremy Walton and publisher William Taylor. This very special edition has an additional 34-page section of exclusive images bound into the back of the book as compared to the 224-page standard edition.

DEC 2020: We recently discovered a brand new copy of this book in our warehouse and are offering one for sale for the first time since it was first published back in 2006. A true collectors item !

  • ISBNn/a
  • Size12x12in (30x30cm)
  • US Price$350 + $12.95 p&p;
  • UK Price£295 + £12.95 p&p;
  • EU Price£295 + £24.95 p&p;


What The Press Say

Given the significance of the Esprit to the survival of Lotus - it was built in various evolutions over a staggering 28 years - it's surprising that no one has previously attempted a tribute on this scale before. Appropriately, the first thing you notice is the slightly 'retro' 1970's design of the book with it's graphics. The author has tracked down many of the Esprit development team's key players; Mike Kimberley, Tony Rudd and Brian Angus. Together with sketches from the design team to compliment the many photographs and work in progress shots. This book is a welcome addition to the Lotus canon and will perhaps accelerate the growth of the Esprit as a true classic. OCTANE – July 2006