Although the nsx is fun to drive but I always wish my nsx didn’t have a stereo system, cruise control and was smaller and lighter.
If I lived somewhere that allowed me to drive it daily all year round, then I would definitely stick with it. Since i can only drive it occasionally for a few months a year, I want the short driving time to be very eventful.
You're definitely in the right box, then, if you're small enough to be comfortable in an Elise. I know people over six feet drive the car, but I find it difficult to believe that it's as natural a place to be (and get into and out of) if your 6'4" and 200 lbs as it is if you're 5' 8" and 175 lbs.
I won't be removing the radio and speakers from my Elise, but I won't be upgrading them either. I do listen to it when doing maintenance, and when parked somewhere waiting for somebody. Should be handy for trips to the drive-in theater as well. Probably will be putting in one of those cheap, lightweight head units, though, just for bluetooth and USB.
There are some things that are constant penalties: You never parallel park. You're always looking carefully at speed bumps and inclines. You're very quickly aware of both how small 4 cu ft is and how hard it is to actually get things through the small hatch into the boot. You are always looking over at doors or undercarriages. It's a pain to get in and out of with the top on. Don't worry about enjoying the stereo while at speed - between the tire noise, wind noise, and engine noise, you won't be. The engine is tuned about as well as the average street rod, meaning it's almost as balky as a 1960s performance car.
There are things that the car is better at than I expected, too: The headlights (once aimed), wiper, defog, etc, are pretty good - better than on most cars of the 1960s. The ABS is just as good as Lotus bragged at the time. Fitting/removing the soft top is fast and easy. It cruises effortlessly in the 70+ (don't know where the comfortable cruise upper end is, I'm guessing around 100) MPH range, once you get used to the steering, and gets shockingly good fuel economy while doing so. The electrical system is really pretty decent given where British cars were with that 20 years ago.
It's very hand built with the pros and cons that entails. There are signatures and dates all over my car. The engineering is 'best effort of 50 guys over a few years trying to "simplify and add lightness"' not 'thousands over decades of obsessive kaizen perfecting everything' Sometimes stuff is just wrong (oil coolers, headlight burns). Sometimes it doesn't last as well as you'd like (CDL modules, engine wiring harnesses).
is not an abstract concept when you own a Lotus.
OTOH, Lotus will sell you lots of parts for an old Elise right now, and do regularly run batches of things for obsolete models to keep them on the shelf and the cars on the road. They're just common enough that you can find fixes and replacements for things that commonly need them.