Jonathan Hackford's 1980
Jonathan Hackford from London, UK, owns a 1980 Essex in Blue, with a Red leather interior.
Essex Year: 1980 Colour: Blue Interior: Red Leather Driving Style: As a esprit should be driven Miles per year: 1,000 Owned Since: 2017 Purchase from: Stocks Coachworks Serviced at: Max 500 Ltd, Guildford Other Cars: Porsche 928, Mercedes 280SL, Fiat 130 Coupe, Jaguar XJ-S pre HE Other Lotus': 1976 Esprit S1 (owners page), Elise S2, Elise 111R Why an Esprit:
I grew up in Norwich and saw an Esprit S1 at a Lotus open day in the late 70s and was instantly smitten. I bought an S1 and had it fully restored in 2014 and finally got my hands on an Essex in 2017 to complete my dream Esprit garage.
Upgrades: No upgrades - originality is key! Problems: Having bought Essex 007 I had Max Hurst at Max 500 do a full mechanical overhaul and top end engine rebuild. Interestingly, Max actually owned 007 in the late 80s/90s when he worked at Bell & Colvill, so who better to have looking after the car?!' Info: Essex 007 has been featured and road tested in the April 2018 issue of Modern Classics.