Poll: Already a Lotus in the Garage - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
View Poll Results: Lotus Ownership
I currently own a Lotus. 11 13.41%
I currently own more than one Lotus. 4 4.88%
I have owned a Lotus in the past. 9 10.98%
I have never owned a Lotus. 41 50.00%
I never wanted a Lotus until the Elise. 17 20.73%
Voters: 82. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 75
Poll: Already a Lotus in the Garage

I was curious how many people are current or previous Lotus owners. Sort of chronic vs. newly diagnosed Lotus affliction.


Brian
___________________
Lotus Europa
Triumph TR-3
and a few heavy vehicles
CO Elise ordered
Cuylerb is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 01:13 PM
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 218
The Elise will be my first. Always looked but never bought until I found out the Elise was coming.
GMorel1916 is offline  
post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 01:18 PM
Registered User
 
TimMullen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Chantilly, VA
Posts: 12,374
I've owned my '72 Elan Sprint since '76...

For a while back in the late '70s I owned a Lotus 20 Formula Junior that I was planning to take vintage racing. Getting married and buying a house got in the way of that plan. But my wife refused to let me sell the Elan (to get a down payment for the house), and she was the one that put down the deposit for the Elise (as a birthday present) over two years ago...

Tim Mullen

'72 Elan Sprint - Colorado Orange over Cirrus White (that's it on the left)
'05 Elise ordered - Chrome Orange




Last edited by TimMullen; 03-30-2004 at 01:20 PM.
TimMullen is offline  
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 02:14 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,230


It's under the cover.....
meat is offline  
post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 02:22 PM
Registered User
 
ChrisB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Posts: 3,970
I had a '70 Elan +2S (Type 50), supposedly the first one in the US. I bought it in '71 from a TWA cargo pilot who saw it at its introduction at the London auto show, arranged for the purchase of a LHD model, loaded it on his plane and flew it home. After a year, he realized it wasn't a great daily driver in the Chicago area and sold it to me.

It was a love/hate relationship for the entire time I had it. The factory maintenance manual was my savior! The nearest "dealer" was over 100 miles away and the "dealership" was an old two bay gas station with only a couple of used whatever cars on the lot. A couple of local mechanics that worked on the car told me to "never bring that car back here!"

But, any of you who have driven the Elise understand why one puts up with the dark side of Lotus ownership. Anyway, I'm sure the ownership experience is much improved over what it was then.

I've only seen three or four of these cars since then, most recently at the annual British car show near San Diego...same color as mine was.
ChrisB is offline  
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 03:36 PM
Registered User
 
Sownman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 670
My first car out of high school was a Lotus Cortina. I didn't own, but spent alot of time driving a buddies Europa. I was in the process of searching for an Elan, a TR250 or a Sunbeam Tiger when I discovered the Elise.

Steve

Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car and oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall, torque is how far you take the wall with you.
Sownman is offline  
post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 03:42 PM
Registered User
 
Sownman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 670
Quote:
Originally posted by TimMullen
I've owned my '72 Elan Sprint since '76...

For a while back in the late '70s I owned a Lotus 20 Formula Junior that I was planning to take vintage racing. Getting married and buying a house got in the way of that plan. But my wife refused to let me sell the Elan (to get a down payment for the house), and she was the one that put down the deposit for the Elise (as a birthday present) over two years ago...

Tim Mullen

'72 Elan Sprint - Colorado Orange over Cirrus White (that's it on the left)
'05 Elise ordered - Chrome Orange
Cool site Tim I enjoyed reading your Elan story.

Steve

Understeer is when you hit the wall with the front of the car and oversteer is when you hit the wall with the rear of the car. Horsepower is how fast you hit the wall, torque is how far you take the wall with you.
Sownman is offline  
post #8 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 03:52 PM
Registered User
 
dana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: san francisco
Posts: 263
An ex-boyfriend had several Loti, does that count?
dana is offline  
post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 05:38 PM
Registered User
 
lotuscar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Boston
Posts: 465
Own a 91 Elan (M100) purchased with 6030 miles from an older gentle man who raced Bugattiís and Maseratiís in the 1930ís! The car was, is in pristine condition. I now have 35K miles. White with a dark gray interior.
lotuscar is offline  
post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 06:04 PM
Registered User
 
Modern Wedgie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 2,744
Meat,

Your car looks sexy even under the cover. Damn, I want an exige!

Long live the
Modern Wedgie is offline  
post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 06:14 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 963
I've always wanted an Esprit, maybe the redesign, after I get my Elise fill.

Who am I kidding, I can't afford the Esprit, but I do love that car. Hope to see it rise from the ashes again soon. Hopefully my Elise purchase will help bring that about.
tidalwdave is offline  
post #12 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 06:22 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,766
I owned a Europa, the first car I bought right our of college. Wish I hadn't sold it, a terrific car. But the reason I sold it was the guys in the 7s would always beat me in autocross. So I got a 7, it is not going any where any time soon, a great car!
James A is offline  
post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 06:30 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,230
Quote:
Originally posted by Modern Wedgie
Meat,

Your car looks sexy even under the cover. Damn, I want an exige!
Wait a second - I thought the chicks were thinking I was sexy - it can't be the car, can it????



MW- When you are in Chicago let me know and I'll give you full access to the car.....
meat is offline  
post #14 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 06:53 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 825
I owned an '86 Esprit for a few years. It was a great car, but it definitely wasn't a good car. Very fast, and wonderful handling. I've always liked the way the old knife-edge Giugiaro Espirits, personally find them more interesting than the Peter Stevens redesign.

But wow, that car was like a bad relationship. Constantly breaking down. Just when I was fed up and ready to throw in the towel, things would get better and I'd fall back in love. I averaged $700 in parts per month (I did most of the work myself). I still miss that car. But am confident that the Elise is a significantly better car. Otherwise I'd keep my money.
JeffersonRaley is offline  
post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 07:14 PM
Registered User
 
Modern Wedgie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Posts: 2,744
Quote:
Originally posted by meat
Wait a second - I thought the chicks were thinking I was sexy - it can't be the car, can it????



MW- When you are in Chicago let me know and I'll give you full access to the car.....


I'll trade you my elise

Long live the
Modern Wedgie is offline  
post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 07:14 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 282
I really like the Esprit, but never pictured myself owning one, so I voted "I never wanted a Lotus until the Elise."

-Eric
XconZ is offline  
post #17 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 07:36 PM
Registered User
 
babak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Topeka, KS
Posts: 8,270
Quote:
Originally posted by XconZ
I really like the Esprit, but never pictured myself owning one, so I voted "I never wanted a Lotus until the Elise."
Ditto here, I thought of them along the same lines as Ferrari etc, i.e. very nice and very out of acceptable price range.


Babak
Club111 Central Plains Coordinator

'05 Elise - Touring, HT, StarShield
'99 Ducati 996 Bip
'05 Freelander SE
babak is offline  
post #18 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-30-2004, 08:12 PM
Registered User
 
khamai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 5,212
After 51 votes I'm still the ONLY person with more than 1 Lotus in the garage? Hmmmm... I didn't realize how seriously infected I am...

KHamai
64 Elan S1.5
66 Elan S2
Lotus 41 F/B
SVT Lightning - tow vehicle (puts a grin on my face on the way to work...)
ex-Seven
ex-Europa S2
ex-Europa S2
ex-Elan S4 FHC
ex-Esprit S1
ex-X180R
ex-M100Elan
....that confirms the diagnosis. SICK-O!
khamai is online now  
post #19 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 02:31 AM
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 963
Quote:
Originally posted by XconZ
I really like the Esprit, but never pictured myself owning one, so I voted "I never wanted a Lotus until the Elise."

-Eric
You are too young to have seen the Lotus in the James Bond movies. That car was the first car I ever wanted as a young kid.
tidalwdave is offline  
post #20 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-31-2004, 03:04 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 1,230
Quote:
Originally posted by Modern Wedgie


I'll trade you my elise
Sure, I'll trade you the S2000 for the Elise.....
meat is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > Lotus Elise

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome