Why would cost or value ,either new or original, have any bearing on a car being exotic ?
A lot of the super rare old exotics Jay Leno drives were originally only a couple of grand. I bought my 66 GTO for $5k back before the super car craze. Now it is valued at around $39K so is it now suddenly exotic ? I don't consider it exotic because it was mass produced on a production line, looks pretty much like most 60s cars of the era, but they are rare. Sure if I took it over to Germany it would be exotic in the same sense that exotic fruit is exotic to places it does not grow. But it still would not be an exotic by car standards really.
Pintos are rare now, but not too special, When people get in this debate the non-exotic people tend to selectively leave out what makes something exotic. The Pintos are only now currently rare by attrition, but a hell of a lot of Pintos were cranked off the lines. Nothing else about them are really exotic
_ Hand made
- Limited production
- special purpose
- Unique styling
- Charming quirkyness
- Strong performance figures
Is the Ariel Atom exotic ? If you say yes then why not a Lotus ? It is pretty much an Atom type car with clothes on
If you get a chance to visit the Lotus factory your mind will probably change about the car being exotic. What current normal cars have all bonded extruded aluminum chassis and fibre reinforced plastic bodies ?
(It is not normal fiberglass fyi )
Pick your poison. YOU chose rarity as your primary argument for what constitutes exotic.
No, the Atom is not exotic. It is a big kit car go cart. Probably a blast to drvie, but not exotic.
While I've not visited the Lotus factory, I do have a video that shows step by step how the car is built. Not impressed, at least not in terms of classifying the car as exotic.
In your check list, you left off something (on purpose?) that most attempts to describe an exotic car include: availability/exclusivity. That is where the numbers (in relationship to demand) and low cost come in. Today, ANYBODY who wants an Elise who is gainfully employed and can qualify for a car loan can own one. Anyone. No practical limits. Exotic? Is it an exotic if any kid with a minimum wage job, living at home with no expenses, can own one any time he or she wants?
FYI....the Pinto engine block is one of the more frequent engine installs in a Lotus 7 and even modding the Elan and Europa...
Saab Sonnett exotic? Check.
How about a Locost 7? Check.
Myers Manx? Check.
Actually virtually all of your criteria applied to all Lotus before the Esprit, and the words 'exotic' and 'Lotus' almost never appeared in the same sentence or thought concerning Lotus' road cars up to that point in time. Even Chunky didn't think they were exotic, he saw the Esprit as an attempt to move in that direction.
I think most people get the point:
Folks definitively say that the Elise/Exige is exotic, and do a head bang emoticon when someone sees it differently. The fact is there truly is no real standard for what constitutes an exotic car beyond what one wants to believe is exotic.
Again, in England the Elise was never seen as an exotic, it's just another option in the sports car market, like a Miata, current MG (which used the same engine as the S1), S2000, Nissan Z car, etc.