Sorry to bump an old thread, but I wanted to pass on a little information about the car at this point if anyone else decides that this is what they want to spend their money on. Initially I figured, well the wheels are ugly, but those can be swapped out. Apparently the owner has also installed wheel lights that make the wheels glow when rolling, in addition to an LED underlighting kit that is programmable to interact with music. Again i figured well if the price is right, that can always be removed and sold to the Honda crowd. But that is where the problems only started. When I showed up to look at it, at a bit of a distance it looked okay. However, when you started to inspect the car, one issue after the next began cropping up. Firstly, the chin of the car was significantly scraped up, and the owners way of fixing it was to place a carbon fiber sticker over the crack, then lacquer over the top, and JB weld, (YES JB WELD) the back of it to keep the crack from spreading. Water had since gotten under the lacquer and was beginning to look as if it was delaminating. He had also decided that the best way to avoid scraping the lip further was with duct tape on the bottom of the chin. As I continued around the car he told me of how he almost hit a deer with the car, and finally revealed that indeed a buck actually was struck lightly, and his antler had punctured the front clam, and he hasn't gotten around to fixing it yet. Along the side of the car there seemed to be matching cracks in the fiberglass side pieces that run along the bottom sill to the rear wheel wells. The cracks were small breaks right along the rear wheel well. On the rear clam apparently he had practiced the same technique by using JB weld to "repair" a small crack in the rear clam, then placed a Sticker over it again in an effort to top it from spreading. I was assured it hadn't moved in the years he has owned it. Under the car, the accident was very apparent. The aluminum undertray was beaten up, with a large gouge in the tray. I'm not sure if it was mentioned from the OP, but apparently a school bus was involved, and the lotus ended up down a steep embankment in a ditch. The undertray where the rear jacking point was was decently crumpled, and the rear trailing arm was replaced. Looking at the suspension mounting points, they surprisingly didn't look like they had been damaged, however the owner had never had the clam off, nor has he ever had it professionally inspected for frame damage. He said in the almost 30k miles that he has driven it, it has never been a problem. Apparently, a motor mount had cracked, and instead of replacing it, he had it welded.
On the interior, it was more of the same. He had bolted down cheap walmart cupholders to the door sills, The leather on the seats was incredibly warn, and had an extra piece of leather attached to the driver side seat. The airbag looked a little funky, almost like the airbag had been resealed with calk. Not exactly confidence inspiring. The AC did work however. To the boot of the car. The exige style ReVerie wing was attached using a heavy, thick metal plate on the underside of the hatch. And the individual was using a vacuum cleaner attachement as a strut for the boot lid. Overall I think you get the picture.
The car did indeed hold straight, and seemed to be aligned properly, but with all the issues, I think this is one that should be avoided. Just thought i would let you all know. Now I have to hang my head, and begin my search anew.