Originally Posted by LotusEsprit007
I'm new here and am doing a bit of research on the relationship of Lotus and James Bond (The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only). This includes behind the scenes information. Stuff such as how many Esprits were actually used. I know that The Spy Who Loved Me had 9 (2 production cars, and six underwater body shells plus one submarine.)
Where I get greatly confused is when it comes to how many were used in For Your Eyes Only. Some websites say 2 (both Monaco White at first, with one being repainted Copper Fire Metallic) some say 4. Some say there was only one (started white, ended up being Copper Fire). Some say that two cars were Essex Spec. Some say they were built exclusively for the film. Other's still say that an Essex car (Reg. MPW 71V) was used as a testbed for the Copper Fire paint scheme. I figure that you guys might know the true story. The contradictions go on. So does anyone know who's correct?
I agree , it is rather confusing how the FYEO Turbo Esprits have been written up in various articles over the years.
From talking to MJK, RGB and Brian Angus over the years I believe these are the cars Lotus supplied for FYEO.
Originally three white Turbo Esprits were supplied by Lotus to Eon Productions to be used in FYEO:-
OPW 654W Dry sump Essex engine vin no SCCFC22A9AHD10929 White Hero Car to be used for close up filming in Corfu
NCL 458V ex Essex Esprit development 1 car vin no SCCD20A8AHD10858repainted white with brown interior to be used as stunt /backup car in Corfu.
White Turbo Esprit Rolling Body/Chassis (no vin)to be blown up and destroyed in Corfu.
The cars were returned to the factory and the backup /stunt car (NCL 458 V) was re painted Copper Fire metallic and re-trimmed for filming in Cortina.
OPW 678W Dry Sump Essex Engine vin no SCCFC20A1AHD 10930 Copper Fire Metallic "Hero car "close up filming ,Cortina.
All three cars still exist, Michael Dezer has 929 and 930 in his collection in Florida and 858 was purchased at an auction in England 2009 by an unnamed Arab gentleman.
Heres a pic of the three white Turbo's taken on the FYEO Corfu location from the Lotus website:-