I chose a 2011 NA over the S’s that were available at the time. I researched cars for 6-8 months. Here was my reasoning: the S models that I was considering at the time all had the IPS which I didn’t want, colors were not what I was looking for, and most were pretty challenged cosmetically or were tracked. I bought a 2011 NA with all of the goodies that was never tracked, and had a fresh clutch with 30,000 on the clock
I spent over a year correcting the cosmetic issues, changed the shifter (Lotus weak point) and cables, and have brought it as close to factory new as possible with a few personal touches.
I don’t track the car, and rarely wring it out, so I don’t need the power and couldn’t justify the difference. It’s been to the new Lotus dealer here where they commented the car is nearly perfect. The other nice thing is I got such a good deal, I’ve had solid offers to buy it for more than I paid or put into it. She’s not for sale though but it’s nice to know others appreciate what I’ve nearly finished even with 40,000 on her now. I have a few more things I still need/want to do.
It’s still a personal choice and good luck with your decision.
Last edited by Limbdoc; 06-05-2019 at 05:57 AM.