One of the guys in my office bought an early Esprit, the one with the Renault parts in it and no turbo. Very pretty, but turned out to be a four cylinder door stop since he could never get it to run. Nothing more expensive than a cheap Esprit, except maybe a cheap Ferrari.
I was shop foreman at a Lotus/Ferrari dealer.
It was laughable how bad the Lotus's were. I was just in constant shock how bad the cars were and the company didn't even care.
We had so many of the V8's just blow up it was amazing. The factory would send their own guy to fix them to save money and they typically brought used parts with them from warranty replacement motors to do so. I had never even heard of that before.
One of my mechanics that went to Lotus school told me he wasn't surprised they were doing that. He said in a corner of the wherehouse they had a lagre collection of the V8 engines there in various stages of disassembly. They were all warranty replacements. Many looked almost new. He said they had far more used V8 parts in stock than new so they just recycled them.
The cable shifters used to disassemble themselves regularly. Soon after I got there one of the mechanics and I figured out why and a fix for it. It was really very siomple. Next time I saw the Lotus rep I mentioned the shifter problem. He acted like a dog about to be kicked and said he was sorry but was not even going to try and defend the shifter problem. I told him we had a fix and explained it to him. He was shocked. Seems they never even tried to figure out what was wrong. A month later my fix came out as a TSB for a problem that had already gone on for a couple of years.
Steffie Graf's deposited a main bearing in the oil pan at 400 miles. They told us not to even consider giving it back. They didn't want to see it again.
We were told if there was a knocking noise going around corners to tighten all the body bolts, they come loose. Especially the ones at the main bulkhead/firewall. Seems the plywood between the fiberglass shrinks and the body shifts around.
Really, it's true.
I had one that the customer complained about the handling. The front shocks had no oil in them. There was no leakage, they were installed that way. They were just there for looks.
Total unmitigated POS.
I really laughed about James Bond having one that was a submarine. The way those things leak JB would have been dead in seconds.