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Hello folks,

I bought this car 6 years ago from a member on this forum.
There is probably a record of that on this forum if you search my name.
It's a 2005 model, you know with the aluminum pedals and direct throttle control. She's Loaded with every available feature. Plus some.

She was hand crafted for someone and still has the plaque ( Hand made for ....)

I sold a minty C5 Corvette to buy it. Because when I saw it.....there was just no other sports car. I thought it was a Ferrari. It's been mistaken for a Ferrari several times over the last 6 years.

Can't go anywhere in it without being photographed or videoed. Can't park it at a bar and expect someone not to fk it up.
Not everyone will like you , because of this car.
They think it cost 150k. And why should you have it?
you know? It happens. And look, I'm not a car snob.

Cars are not fast to me. I ride a zx1400. I bought it in Feb of 2010. She was a leftover 2008, special edition. Beautiful. I got a deal. I bought the car in 2008. I've put more miles on the bike than I have on the car, in all the time I owned it. I bought the car with 11k miles on it. My Lotus now has 32k, miles.
The bike has 25k, miles.

The bike is more dangerous , but not by much. Even though it's much faster and would probably beat a Bugatti Veyron through the 1/4 mile.
I can do low 9's.

In my past , cars really didn't mean much other than, " how good does it look? And, that's what happened with this car.
I saw it. I had to have it. I didn't care how fast it was. It was the look.
Looks matter.

I put her up for sale on this forum ( sort of) and backed out. I couldn't part with the car. And here is why.
I couldn't think of a better looking sports car, that screams exotic.
I have had Porsche's become invisible. Corvettes become invisible.
Mustangs ??? pFFFT. Looks matter.

So now I have this car............the only car I ever had, that has kept its value and most likely exceeded it. And that is why I type this.
What happened? Why is my car now worth nearly as much or more than what I paid for it?

Smart money tells me to sell. But I know I cant get another one, like this.
I have meticulously cared for this car.

So here she is. 6 years later.
 

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Dear San.
I am well aware of laws of economics.
With every investment , there must be an exist strategy.
Though I will admit that buying this car was not really an investment.
But it is now.
I think you missed the point.
I would say, if you don't drive it much , sell it to someone that will. Yes, it will be near impossible to find another (I looked), and yes... you will regret it. I used the same exit strategy with my CTS-V. Sold for more than I bought it for. That being said...
 

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lets see... a pile of greenish paper that i cannot eat, drink, or drive... or my Lotus? I'm going to keep her barring aliens landing and re-possesing her. Very pretty car btw.
 

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Keep it, it looks beautiful.

Here's a funny story for you. Even though I have an Elise (in yellow) I showed up at a car gathering and saw a red Elise and told my wife, "Wow, look at that Ferrari". I felt kind of stupid though when I got closer and realized it was a Lotus.
 

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Keep it, it looks beautiful.

Here's a funny story for you. Even though I have an Elise (in yellow) I showed up at a car gathering and saw a red Elise and told my wife, "Wow, look at that Ferrari". I felt kind of stupid though when I got closer and realized it was a Lotus.
Your leg was probably blocking part of your view.
 

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Stunning car! And nice bike ....

I have owned my 2006 for five years now - still just amazed by it. Due to the rough winter we are having, it is sitting in the garage under cover. But when I take off the cover and fire it up .. for that first drive of the year ... I feel like it is Christmas.

I also thought about selling it and getting something else - all that speed/power of the new C7 Vette certainly tugs at me. But I always am drawn back to my Elise's purity and rarity - so those thoughts disappear.

So keep enjoying it.
 

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Original owner. 20k miles. 8 years later… Ardent Red FTW!

 

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Such great looking exotics. I do consider these cars to be in the exotic category.
 

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Ardent Red was my first choice as well... just couldn't find one at that time. Ended up with Monaco White, still a good choice, but not red. Sold it, got me a Monza Red Noble M400. Had to have red somewhere in your exotic car ownership log, right?

Good looking car and great storytelling. Keep it. Very few things in life evoke the emotional response that you portrayed in your prose. For the money you spent, and are able to recover, just enjoy it. Life is too short to worry about trivial things like money if you budget properly and don't go crazy.
 

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My first Lotus was a 2007 ardent red Elise. Beautiful car as is yours. My dad was perplexed at why I would sell such a beautiful car until he saw what I replaced it with. Then he understood.

Anyway, I have been like you. Thought of selling my unicorn a few times but just can't bring myself to part with it. These cars are great looking from any angle and so much fun to drive.

Hope you have a long satisfying relationship with your car.
 

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Stunning car! And nice bike ....

I have owned my 2006 for five years now - still just amazed by it. Due to the rough winter we are having, it is sitting in the garage under cover. But when I take off the cover and fire it up .. for that first drive of the year ... I feel like it is Christmas.

I also thought about selling it and getting something else - all that speed/power of the new C7 Vette certainly tugs at me. But I always am drawn back to my Elise's purity and rarity - so those thoughts disappear.

So keep enjoying it.
Easy solution:
1) Keep the ELISE
2) Buy a C7

That's what I did
Both Red

Herb
 

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Thanks for the comments gentlemen.

I took these photos yesterday.
It's shameful that the Elise as we know it will never be, again.
I think it is destined to be a rare car. I have to wonder what its value might be in the future. I'm seriously thinking about not driving it anymore. I'm not in love with the idea but It's mostly a garage queen anyway.

Would a 9 year old car be considered a low miles car, with 33,000 miles?





 
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