Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Newport Beach, CA
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.