Just bought my first Lotus, picked up 1997 Esprit V8 last week. Also live in Fort Mill, so if you see a Calypso Red Esprit, chances are it's me! Did you ever find a local Lotus mechanic? Does Foreign Cars Italia/Charlotte work on them?
I think my kid saw you in Baxter Village last week. Esprit was one of my favorite cars growing up. Would love to check yours out one day