By on August 24, 2012

Perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the Dany Bahar-era of Lotus; the company is auctioning off his 2003 Esprit, which was restored with a fresh engine, paint job and interior. A Brembo/AP braking system, a center exit exhaust and a bigger spoiler are among the unique touches on this 36,000 mile cream puff. For a man with such questionable judgement in business, his taste in cars is quite good.

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9 Comments on “Dany Bahar’s Lotus Esprit For Sale...”


  • avatar
    Polar Bear

    I see the car had a new engine, transmisson, paint and interior in 2010. What does that say about the durability of Lotus cars? I can understand changing the look of a car for vanity, but why the drivetrain?

    • 0 avatar
      mnm4ever

      I don’t think anyone ever considered Lotus cars to be all that durable. And most likely, the answer is “because he could”. He essentially was given a “brand new” 2003 Esprit, probably to go along with his really new Exige and Evora. Not a bad deal. I’d take it.

    • 0 avatar
      ranwhenparked

      Because the Esprit ceased production in early 2004, and Bahar didn’t become Lotus’ CEO until late 2009; and he really, really wanted a “new” Esprit as a company car. Not being able to provide a new one, they did the next best thing and totally rebuilt and reconditioned a gently used example from the last full year of production.

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    CJinSD

    If his taste in car is so good, why does this Lotus look like the whelp of a Storm Trooper and a Pontiac?

  • avatar
    BMWnut

    Can someone from the B&B gallery comment on how good and durable that Lotus V8 engine really was? It must have cost a bundle to develop, but wasn’t available for very long. The Esprit was very, very old by that time. Was it a good engine in search of a better car? The answer that the market gave was that it was not a good package.

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    I know that a family friend had one of these. He bought it used with very low mileage, and the engine needed to be replaced under warranty not long afterwards. According to readings from the boost gauge, and the fact that he said the new engine never felt as powerful as the original, he suspected that the previous owner upped the boost on it, which definitely could have played a role in the premature failure. While definitely less practical and reliable as a contemporary 911, I always wondered why you never saw more of these around. It was a very stylish car with lots of presence, IMO.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      Another possibility is that Lotus detuned the replacement engines to avoid further replacements during the warranty period.

    • 0 avatar
      Crosley

      That’s the “rub” with cars like this. You have exclusivity, but you’re likely sitting on a ticking time bomb.

      Unless you have “oil sheik” money and just don’t care, I can’t imagine buying one of these in the day, the dealership or entire company could be out of business before your next oil change.

      They were beautiful, in my opinion, but they have a dated “80′s” look where all supercars tried to look like angular fighter jets.

  • avatar
    ELnNH

    Wow…at first glance I thought I was looking at a Fiero with a body kit.


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