Crapwagon Outtake: Sacrilege?
Another red ragtop? What is this guy thinking? I promise. I’m not a hairdresser, or whatever BS-esque image you might have of me.
I just dig small, unusual, cheap cars that are fun to drive on the street.
Today, we look at the M100 Elan. Seriously overshadowed by the Miata–which aped the OG Elan–this turbo-Isuzu-engined roadster was largely derided in contemporary reports, primarily because it was Lotus’ first car with front wheel drive. Most people I’ve known who’ve driven these tell me that it drives beautifully–a little torque steer, but nothing too bad. Some have even compared it to the Integra Type-R–well known as one of the best FWD handlers around.
This particular Elan has less than thirteen thousand miles on the GM parts-bin odometer. Seems a shame that this car has only had a couple tanks of fuel run through it every year. The ad claims the car has fresh tires, but is otherwise original. Could this be a future collectible? Or, at nearly $22k, will this continue to sit on the lot?