Once fully ensconced in the Lotus culture I frequently went to both local and national events. One such event was the New Hope auto show which PALS participated in as a group. One of our members, Karl, lived across the Delaware river and hosted the group for a picnic after the show. Karl had a Lotus Seven, but did not limit his automotive enthusiasm to Lotus. He also had an old Mercer. This thing was an open car that could hold about 9 people. We, of course requested a ride, and he obliged. Riding around in a really old car gave a totally different perspective on how to have fun with an automobile. I decided then and there to get another Lotus. As old a Lotus as I could.
While I would have preferred a Mark IX, they were and are out of my price range, but the Mark VI certainly was in my range so I set about searching for one.
I found a newly restored example in Germany. I bought it based on pictures and proceeded with the importation process. The PO, Wolfgang, had the car restored by historic Lotus specialist Mike Brotherwood index
. He had this crazy idea of making it look like Colin Chapman's personal car, but also wanted a racy look. Chapman had a custom set of clamshell wings made - prototypes for the Seven? - and had fully enclosed rear wheels. The only difference in appearance between his and mine is the bonnet. He had a 1500cc FOrd Consul engine which required a bonnet bulge. I have an 1172cc Ford engine that does not. Wolfgang also had cycle wings (standard Six eqipment), open rear wings, a fast back for the boot, a metal passenger side tonneau cover and an extra bonnet made. These, of course, came with the car.