Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Westlake Village, CA
By the way, tidalwdave, I didn't intend to pick on you. Most of us have been guilty of some whining about one thing or another. My comment was meant to apply to the whole group.
If the federal Elise turns out to be too soft and you want something really raw, you might want to consider a kit car. There are plenty of choices out there, but I've driven a replica of a 1955 Porsche Spyder, and it is definitely rawer, not to mention faster, than the Elise. And cheaper. And less common. And you can get it painted any color you like. And it's just as low to the ground (you can easily step over the door rather than opening it to get in). Prices may have gone up, but Vintage Spyders was selling a kit for $9500 (some assembly required and you need to do some minor things like buying your own engine and painting the car). Chuck Beck was selling turnkey versions for around $25,000. The Vintage package weighs in at 1342 pounds (without the engine, I believe) and the car accelerates like a bat out of hell. Chuck was willing to put A/C into the car (what a sell-out guy he is!), but why bother, the car doesn't even have a top.
I love the Spyder, but it's really an expensive toy and not at all suitable for me as a daily driver. The Elise sounds like a dream come true.