I like this reply a lot and may go with it or some variation thereof.When asked how much does it cost I usually spin a yarn. Most people who ask are middle income working class folks. The yarn goes something like this:
When these cars came out a they were a bit high, beyond what I would spend for a toy. But once the warranty expires many of the original owners unload the car when they realize an oil change is going to cost them 200 bucks, and they wonder how much it will cost them to fix something if it breaks. Typically the original owners become motivated sellers, and you can pick a used one (out of warranty) cheap. At the time of purchase I could have got a new toyota camry for about the same price, but eventually decided a used Lotus would be more fun.
Of course my Esprit gets this quetion a lot. Im sure they are bummed out when they find out its NOT Italian but thats usually followed up by the cost factor. I always try to say that prices are all over the place since the best cars are way more than run of the mill jalopies. But uiltimately, I point out that it wasnt that expensive or a bum like me wouldnt have one. Two year old Toyota Sienna money. I want people to understand that I bought the car because I love it, not because it makes me look cool - Like those Lambo guys