I can't believe it, but in two sucessive "30 best sports cars" type of Articles in Classic Motorsports Magazine the editors/writer has totally ignored Lotus Esprits, and indeed ANY of the Lotus cars!
I wrote to them today cancelling my subscription!
One of the Articles even INCLUDED the Datsun 240Z's in their list!
As I explained to them, while I recognize that there is a certain degree of subjectivity to this typr of Article, there is also, IMHO, a duty as jurnalists to remain partially objective as well, and NOT including Lotus cars with their innivative design aspects and racing history is inexcuseable!
Limited to 30 cars, I'm not surprised the Esprit didn't make the cut. It really wasn't ground breaking from a sports car perspective. I've seen a lot of these lists, and don't recall seeing the Esprit showing up too often. Great car, with a great story from a company that also has a great story, but not one of the 30 best IMHO.
I could see the argument for the 240Z in some ways though. If you look at it within its era, when it came out it was quite a departure compared to its peers: the MGB, Triumph TR7, and Porsche 914.
BUT without having read the article, a bit surprised the original Elan was overlooked. It usually makes these lists. Classic Motorsports Magazine has been fairly fond of it over the years.
The 7 often shows up on these lists as well.
But these lists are so subjective, hardly worth getting worked up over. What are the criteria for 'best.' Best within era? Best against peers? Best across eras? Ground breaking technology or build? Most iconic? Best performance stats? Most significant (and what does THAT mean?)? Is it wide open, to include ultra high $$$ and low production (the McClaren F1 comes to mind) competing against the 240Z, Lotus Elan, Lotus 7 (a kit car), Mazda RX 7, Corvette, NSX, etc?