Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #76

Continuing the series, here's a car introduced in 1976:


1976 was an odd year for the automobilephile. On the one hand, we got the Chevrolet Chevette ("It'll drive you happy"??? No, it'll drive you to drink). On the other hand, we got the Lotus Esprit. A 2.0L I4 propelled the Esprit from 0-60 MPH in 6.8 seconds, certainly not earthshattering by modern standards, but quite respectable for the time period, especially from a four-banger.

Two cinematic instances of the Esprit stand out. Certainly the submarine piloted by Roger Moore's version of James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" is better known, but the version driven by Richard Gere in "Pretty Woman" is pretty famous, too. "Tell your friend his car corners like it's on rails" indeed - the handling of a Lotus Esprit is just as impressive as the acceleration.

They keep trying to bring it back (the last model ended in 2004); it'd be neat to see what could be done with modern components...

That is all.


10 comments:

Ted said...

A great car...........

As long as you are under 5' 8". Less than 130 lbs Don't need a reliable car. Have no need to carry sometime bigger than a briefcase that can be heated to 200 degrees before you reach your destination , see what's behind you, and have a contorsionist for a girlfriend

libertyman said...

I am sure Ted is exactly right!
The Lotus I would like to have, as a collector's item was the 1960's Lotus Elite. That was a beautiful car, tiny, impractical and unreliable but an elegant design. I used to see one when I was in high school parked at the high school tennis courts.
Man, the guy that owned that car was cool!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a contortionist girlfriend

Anonymous said...

Watching my 6'1" 225# dad get into a buddy's Lotus was down right entertaining. Once he got in he had plenty of room.

My friend ran the car in the Cannonball back in the day.

Gerry

Anonymous said...

Hey, hey, lay off the Chevette. Had an 83 I bought with 90,000 plus miles on it, drove it for 4 years and added almost 100,000 to it, sold it to a neighbor kid who drove it to Canada, then did a Western US vacation with it until it finally died. It had one sensor on the carb that died a couple of times but after the first time I knew what was happening, got it fixed and went on down the road. Saved enough gas to make the payments. Loved my "Vette".

Old NFO said...

Yeah, NOT for big people... The Brits are still designing to WWII sized people... And a Europa was a LOT more fun, even if you couldn't see out the back! LOL

Anonymous said...

Take it easy on the Chevette. Vauxhall fielded a team on the UK rally circuit (the Chevette was GM's first 'world car') that did quite well against the mega-budget Ford Escort team. Short-track racers still use the Chevette's double wishbone front suspension.

I'd love to have a Lotus Elan.
"Simplify, then add lightness"

Al_in_Ottawa

Anonymous said...

If you had a "contortionist girlfriend", Anonymous on April 17, 2015 at 8:58 AM, you wouldn't need a Lotus...

Ted said...


No -- that's backwards.

If I might over-explain...

If you are a Lotus owner with a girlfriend, ( an admittedly smaller subset of Lotus owners ), then she is by necessity, if not predilection, a contortionist.

OTOH if you want a contortionist girlfriend that just makes you wanna-be member of the British Aristocracy (actual members already have one).

.......... or you could be that World famous Lotus owner, Emma Peel, which, now that I look back, still doesn't violate the girlfriend theory.......

Excuse me while I go look something up on Netflix .....

Ed said...

I was engaged to a contortionist until she broke it off.