Sk1dmark
Sk1dmark New Reader
2/29/20 3:21 p.m.

Hey guys, talking to a guy on Facebook who said he had a "White Spirit" that he was selling from an estate sale. Clearly this is a kit to look like a Lotus Esprit but I can't for the life of me figure out what it was, and I didn't know there were such a thing. Any ideas?

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
2/29/20 3:27 p.m.

Oh my. sad

Jah29
Jah29 New Reader
2/29/20 3:38 p.m.
Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
2/29/20 3:54 p.m.

Reminds me of

 

EvanB
EvanB MegaDork
2/29/20 4:24 p.m.
Sk1dmark said:

Clearly this is a kit to look like a Lotus Esprit.

They really missed the mark on that one. 

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
2/29/20 5:19 p.m.

Yet, someone put a lot of hours and dollars into the design, molds, and production.

Assuming molds were used, it's so flat paneled if could just be 'Glass over plywood?

A better view might be more complimentary?

What is the drive-train, might be more useful than the body?

BenB
BenB Reader
2/29/20 5:19 p.m.

Looks like it melted.

Ottawa (Eric)
Ottawa (Eric) Reader
2/29/20 5:38 p.m.

OHSCrifle
OHSCrifle SuperDork
2/29/20 5:43 p.m.

why the long face?

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
2/29/20 5:51 p.m.

What is the red-blue-fiberglass body to the right?

Hasbro
Hasbro SuperDork
2/29/20 6:07 p.m.
RichardSIA said:

What is the red-blue-fiberglass body to the right?

Europa I'll wager.

 

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
2/29/20 6:15 p.m.

It kinda looks like an Europa to me as well, from the bumper mold.  Not too many cars like that.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/29/20 6:45 p.m.
Sk1dmark said:

The windshield door & door window look more Vector-inspired to me. 

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
2/29/20 7:03 p.m.

I drew better E36 M3 when i was 2

Stampie
Stampie UltimaDork
2/29/20 8:04 p.m.

In reply to Patrick :

You were ahead of me. I was drawing E36 M3 like that at 10. 

_
_ Dork
2/29/20 8:19 p.m.


it's like optimus prime got stuck half way between his "transition". 

Sk1dmark
Sk1dmark New Reader
2/29/20 8:47 p.m.

The other car is indeed a Europa, good eye! That's actually why I was talking to the guy, he has the Europa and an extra body (the picture shows a fraction of the spare body) and my brother and I were going to take a look at them sometime in the near future

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
2/29/20 9:24 p.m.

Found the prototype!

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
2/29/20 11:25 p.m.

Somebody really like Bert Raccoon.

 

djsilver
djsilver Reader
3/1/20 2:02 a.m.

The shape looks more severe than it is due to the 2-tone paint scheme with white on top and black on bottom.  If you actually go look at it, look for a tag/label/etc.  Google failed me on "White Spirit" for cars or "kit cars".  Apparently this is more rare than a Saracen or Carabella motorcycle!

djsilver
djsilver Reader
3/1/20 2:11 a.m.

Closest thing I could find is a VW-Porsche Tapiro, but that's not it.

 

https://www.deviantart.com/pplbliss/art/Porsche-Tapiro-117042737

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
3/1/20 7:30 a.m.

In reply to Sk1dmark :

It's easy to spot them (Europas) when you walk past one sans-headlight and sans-bumpers every day.

Sk1dmark
Sk1dmark New Reader
3/1/20 8:26 a.m.

if/when we take a look at the Europas I think I'll try to get some more pictures just for the sake of laughs if nothing else. Also, any idea on values of the Europas? He's asking $5k for the complete one which "needs a gas tank" and from pictures does appear to be totally complete, however needs a thorough cleaning. The body I would have even less of an idea.

Our Preferred Partners
rSRzZPSoBX4HqnNNLrBJJQhleQnHHFDjsOnE9vMDQZJP9TlhuRbiU2vGVN8n8s5Y