Lotus Esprit--Silver--Reflection--1280x960

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The Art of the Sports Car: The Greatest Designs of the Twentieth Century  Auto buffs will be in raptures over this lusciously illustrated history of the sports car. Adler, editor of Car Collector magazine, provides a highly detailed account of the evolution of small cars with big engines, recounting the travails of famous auto designers, the engineering and styling innovations they pioneered and the races and road rallies at which cars proved (and advertised) themselves.  It's a "high-speed tour" of the greatest sports cars in history, enthuses the famously car-collecting Leno, and while this volume is a kind of car porn, many of these machines are indeed beautiful enough to merit the term "art."  9 x 12 , 192 pages, numerous color pictures


Lotus Esprit V8

Price New


Production Total

54 (for 2003)


3.5 Liter Twin Turbo V-8, Allied Signal T25 Turbos, All-Aluminum Engine


350 bhp @ 6500 rpm


295 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm

Curb Weight

3043 lbs



0-60 mph

4.5 seconds

0-100 mph

10.3 seconds

Top Speed

175 mph (electronically limited)

Serious Wheels
Collector Car Pictures