Tuesday, April 15, 2008
New Lotus Elise
My dear husband is a sports car enthusiast and he has been scouring the web for a Lotus Elise. These cars are difficult to come by. It is originally manufactured in England and is put together by hand, therefore a limited amount of these cars are made.
Anyway, after trying to sell the 350Z for over a month and dealing with crazy con jobs on-line trying to buy it, we decided to see what we could get on a trade. There is a dealer that specializes in Lotuses in Jacksonville, FL. We decided to drive there and see what they would give us for the 350Z with no intentions of buying a Lotus. Well they got one from Arizona an hour before we arrived. The salesman had emailed 41 people including us who were interested. Needless to say, we came home with the newly shipped Lotus. It hasn't even been detailed. We will have to go back and have them fix a few things before it is in show room quality. We both can't believe that we own one of these beauties.
The salesman kept calling it an "exotic" car. Keep in mind only a few banks will even consider financing an exotic car. You can't even look up the value on Kelly Blue Book. This is the fourth sports car we have owned. Actually 6 if you count my del sol and Mini Cooper S. Granted I haven't had a chance to drive this one, but I've always liked driving the 350Z even though I always claim that I don't since it isn't my own. God forbid I come home with a scratch oh his new "baby". My mom actually asked if she could drive it. Right.................maybe when she stops driving like a maniac.
One thing about this car is that it is a pain in the @$$ to get in and out of it. It sits so low to the ground and feels like you are sitting in a cockpit. It definitely takes practice and finding your own way of getting in and out of it. It does make is a little bit easier with the top down.
I'm looking forward to having it detailed and seeing how good the thing can really look. We both finally have cars that we consider our "dream" cars. I still can't believe it. Here's hoping we are not dreaming. If we are, please don't wake me up!