Hi guys. Looking for a bit of advice.
We've currently got an old Lotus Seven, and a Porsche Cayman S sport. We both adore the Lotus Seven, but since I was a kid I've always wanted a Lotus Elise. It was my pin up car, and therefore now that I'm of an age where I can do things like buy sports cars, I am looking at the Lotus Elise R as this is the one that is rated in Evo and has seemed to get good write ups in reviews. We located one at Paul Matty's and had stated an interest in it, but were told it wasn't MOT'ed and therefore we'd need to wait until it was so that we could test drive it. We gave them our number and said to let us know ASAP and we'd be over to take it out and possibly purchase it. Two weeks went by and we thought it odd we hadn't heard anything so we phoned only to be told they'd sold it because someone walked in with cash in hand and didn't even want to drive it before buying it! Needless to say we were furious and think that is an extremely shoddy way to treat anyone who is genuinely interested in some of your stock!
We then located another Lotus R in Droitwich, phoned yesterday to find out whether they still had it and arrange to test drive it this morning. We drove up there mid morning to find that we couldn't test drive it because he'd sold it first thing and therefore he'd taken a deposit and wouldn't let test drive the car. Once again, we'd expressed an interest, booked an appointment to drive it, and then been unable to even get to the point where we can start it up to see what we think?!
We are in the position at the moment, where my partner doesn't think the Lotus Elise R will compare power wise to the Lotus we already have (which is 230bhp and lighter than the Elise), and if we were to buy one it would be to replace the Lotus Seven we already have.......so we really need to test drive one to see whether this is ever going to get off the starting line!
Has anyone had similar experiences to this when trying to find an Elise R? Is the Elise R the best driving experience out there as suggested by reviews or are there other Elises which on paper don't look anything special but surprise with power outtage? Have we just been really unlucky with our experiences so far? It's been a really annoying month, and I must say I'm quite shocked by the treatment we've had with the garages. It feels like unless you walk in waving money on the spot and take the car without even driving it, you stand no chance of finding one!
Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Yes I'm female, and I'm crap at parallel parking, but I love cars and driving and am experienced in rally driving and have done track days with the Lotus so this not someone who just wants a pretty car to sit on the drive - the Elise has been on my horizon since I was about ten and all of my friends were reading comics, and I was reading car magazines! I really would love some advice on where to go from here.......
Many thanks in advance