I am pretty chuffed. I was focused on an 07 Exige S as I don't like TPMS or the full hawk (and price!) of the 08+ and to find one this nice at the right price locally and on CL was crazy.
The initials should buff off fine. I got a little bit off with a finger nail. Interwebs say polish or maybe some ez-off oven cleaner. I am waiting until it gets warmer to go at them.
He is just old fashioned and not really a phone/email guy so I can see him not wanting to deal with someone out of state. He was very honest in person and a truly meticulous car owner. To give you an idea, when I went to see it, it was under the factory lotus indoor cover and hooked up to a battery tender.
2006 Autumn Gold Elise Lily RIP-rebirth by newowner
2007 Exige S Phantom Black Type 72D Trim Goldilocks-sold