Hammond drives the icons: Lotus Esprit

The Essex was based on the S3, the third incarnation of the Esprit. The interior of this limited-edition special was, like the body, the work of Giugiaro. But this thing was far more than a restyle. The Esprit had been around since the S1 version arrived in 1976. Yes, we'd all fallen in love with it when Bond drove it under the sea and shot a helicopter with a frankly ridiculous missile thingy, but that was a long time ago, man, things have moved on.