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I think all Lotus will hold their values quite well over time. The Elige and Evora are true drivers cars with manual transmissions to boot. They’re the exact opposites of what cars are becoming plus they’re relatively limited in quantity. Hold onto them boys and girls!
 

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Buy and hold so the garage find in 50yrs is worth something??
 
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Pretty boring list

here's the thing

cars are toilets

sure just like winning a hand at the blackjack table, sometimes you buy the last of the air cooled Porsches and someone decides they are worth a fortune. Or Enzo dies and your 40k car becomes a 600k car.

But most of the cars on that list will lose value more slowly than the average Camry

Sure some guys here bought a used 05 Elise for short money in 2010 and they can sell at a profit

OR can they?

Annual insurance, maintenance, etc etc........


Buy a car you like

Drive it more, worry less
 

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Or buying that Hellcat, putting it in a bubble for 50yrs.....how much does it cost to insure, keep pristine etc over its time in seclusion? Meanwhile the hellcat is replaced by the Redeye, which gets replaced by the.......you end up popping a lot of bubbles esp with the 10's of thousands of them out there. Throw in the stupid vert value upgrade for the twisty frame version....total crap shoot unless you bought the car at 16 as a millionaire and resell it at 65....how much pleasure did you sacrifice all those years? At least you saved the planet from all the pollution of emulsified tires. The whole 60's muscle car craze is pretty ridiculous IMHO. I grew up hating those ill handling boats esp the Buicks my dad subjected us to.

Life is too short to save the car for the next garage queen owner. When done with my Evora, it will have what used to be considered valuable.....PATINA!!
 

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I contend buying them, holding them but also driving and enjoying them!
 

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I've owned my 2014 Evora S for 2 years i think lol and I think I could get the same value that I paid for back then. From what I see, the 2014 S are still in the $60k price range give or take the condition.
 

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Think about some of the 'collector' cars that people bought years ago and stashed away, such as Indy Pace Car C-3 Corvettes, Cadillac Eldo Convertibles, etc. that aren't really worth that much today. There's always the 'next big thing'. I agree that Elise/Exige models will be in demand later on compared to some 50's - 70's cars, as the people interested in the latter will be dying off in a few decades, while those interested in the former will be hitting their peak earning years.
 
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Bingo, all the 60-70 yr old folks were in their teens in the 60's. Going after that which they could not afford in the day. But if you offered me a 1967 427 side HO (Yenko etc blah blah) Corvette fully loaded pristine new v a new C8,,,,,,,,no brainer. Or an old Ford GT v the new one>>>
 

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I've owned my 2014 Evora S for 2 years i think lol and I think I could get the same value that I paid for back then. From what I see, the 2014 S are still in the $60k price range give or take the condition.
True, but even if the value stayed the same you've essentially lost money due to inflation.
 
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Life is too short to save the car for the next garage queen owner. When done with my Evora, it will have what used to be considered valuable.....PATINA!!
Ferrari 250 GTO's, the worlds most valuable (or it that just most expensive) car still carry enormous prices with Patina intact .. that are lucky to even be painted in original color and have original engine and body panels, its only the chassis that is important. The trick now is to take a an $18m car with non original stuff and spend $300k tracking down the original engine, rebuilding such and painting car back to original color and poof, its now worth $40+ million.
 
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True, but even if the value stayed the same you've essentially lost money due to inflation.
This is correct, but in the whole scheme of things the Elise/Exige depreciate (adjusted for inflation) less than their contemporaries. Look at any German car, Corvette, or other performance vehicle that are the same age as your Lotus. Chances are that it will be worth much less of a percentage of the original cost than our cars are.

My Elise turned 15 years old last month and keeps holding its own in value (not adjusted for inflation). More importantly, it will be more likely to have a market than some other more common or complicated cars in the future due to the demographics of future buyers in my opinion.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying driving it and will pass it on in good condition to the next owner when the time comes.
 

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This is correct, but in the whole scheme of things the Elise/Exige depreciate (adjusted for inflation) less than their contemporaries. Look at any German car, Corvette, or other performance vehicle that are the same age as your Lotus. Chances are that it will be worth much less of a percentage of the original cost than our cars are.

My Elise turned 15 years old last month and keeps holding its own in value (not adjusted for inflation). More importantly, it will be more likely to have a market than some other more common or complicated cars in the future due to the demographics of future buyers in my opinion.

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying driving it and will pass it on in good condition to the next owner when the time comes.
I'm with you. It's nice owning a car that remains desirable over the years and will basically sell itself. I recently sold my E46 M3 for nearly the same as I paid for it 8 years ago after putting 60k miles on it. I drove it and enjoyed it a lot, but kept it in great shape. As with any of the cars I've owned though, I buy them for the enjoyment and not the investment value. It just so happens I like certain cars that are becoming the last of their breed, so to speak. :D
 

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my hope is that my car is worth about the same in 5 years that I paid for it last january. Does that equate to a profit? No I don't think so. I am meticulous and do take care of my cars. I have already experienced some Lotus break in pains to the tune of $2500 but I really believe the car will settle in and be a great value versus the fun and enjoyment that it provides. This car has strangely opened up opportunities to meet new people both young and old and share their love of cars. we always try to be gracious and kind to those who can only dream of owning a car such as this. I realize it is not a super car to some but in my area of the world it is a sight to behold. When I visit the nashville Lotus,bentley and AM lot the car always holds it own in terms of wow factor. I think the Evora and R8's are the best bang for your buck in terms of ownership cost. To me the Evora is better and that is why I have one over the r8,well among other reasons. I have seen 3 r8's on the road within 75 miles of home. other than the evoras on the lot in nashville I have yet to see one on the road.
 

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What a weird list of cars. Jeep Wrangler is #1??? What the *$%&?
 
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