So I have been Lotusless for over a year now and hence I need to get back in one but just cant decide which to go for.
I sold the exige 350 last year when my daughter was born and replaced it with a new V8 Mustang as it has back seats and a big boot so is practical enough for when I need to take her to nursery etc but still good fun when I am in the car on my own. I therefore cannot sell this and get another exige so the plan is to keep it and buy another car to go with it and I thought an elise would be ideal. The question is which one?
My first lotus was an elise S1 160 so ive been there done that. I had always wanted a 135R but they are so rare these days and will have a 16 year old K series so be risky. My budget is £20k max and for that you can get a 11R but this will also be fairly old now as £20k only buys 2004 / 05 cars. The other option is an early S3 but these have the 1.6 engine and I cant help but think that given what I am used to, this wont be anywhere near quick enough for me.
So the 135R is a car ive always wanted but I may be waiting a while for one to come along and it is likely to be unreliable and expensive to run. The 111R will be an early one meaning that again it will probably be fairly expensive to run / tax etc and I would need to spend a bit to change the cam change point to make it nicer to drive. The S3 will be significantly newer and cost a fraction to run of the other two but I am likely to get bored of it very quickly.
Whilst it is a nice position to be in, I just can't decide which to go for - any advice would be welcomed. Thanks.