The first Lotus in my collection is an M100 Elan, though at the time I acquired it I was not planning on being a collector. But it did in fact infect me with the Lotus bug. I remember deciding to buy a cool car and at the time the last version of the RX-7 had just come out. I looked at it and drove it and was almost ready to buy one when I started to have misgivings and decidied that maybe something more classic was the way to go. At the time I was really a newbie to the whole collector car thing, and the only source - with pictures - that I knew of to look was the Dupont Registry, so I bought a copy and started looking through it. THat's when I saw then Elan, I loved it right away just from the pictures. I also saw that the dealer local to me - Rothrock - was advertising them for way less than MSRP (circa $40k). One - a dealer demo - was $24,900. I called and spoke to then GM John Guth who told me he had just been informed that day that Lotus was discontinuing them and he would get no more on the lot (this was actually true, and not a sales gimmick). He told me he had 3 on the lot, he'd sell the first for $29,900, the second for $34,900, and the last for whatever he could get for it. I went down the next day and looked at them - they are much more attractive in person. We went for a spirited test drive, and I decided to buy one. The choices were White, Red or Silver. I chose White, really the only difference between the three. We did the paper work, sat in John's office for a bit talking Lotus, then he handed me a bunch of Lotus trinkets and I was on my way to Lotus lunacy.
It looks better with the top down.
Kyle Kaulback '56 Mark VI '71 Type61mX '71 Type69 FF '71 Type 69 F2 '77 Super 907 '91 M100 Elan '91 Omega LotusSport 110 '05 Elise(custodian) '13 Evora S
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