Originally Posted by SGladwell
An Elan in your garage with a Decap next door? I'm sick with envy! But to give a point to this post, I'd be curious to your thoughts on the M100 Elan.
Sorry for the delay in responding, I simply didn't see your remarks until today!
The 1973 Elan Sprint is in California. Our summer neighbor in Cargese is the one that has the Citroen cabriolet. I'm not going give him any wine this summer unless he allows me to drive his car!!!
I test drove the M100 in California in 1991 or 1992. I rented one in England in 1993 for three days. I drove from Manchester to Bedlington (near Newcastle) and back using many of the byways. It simply wasn't my cup of tea.
While being great fun, both M100s were not the "glove" I prefer to wear when I drive my Elan Sprint. Each time it seemed as if I were packed-into a box of cushions that prevented the amount of road feel I desire in a small car. If you want to drive the highways as well as the back roads, the M100 is much better suited to the highway with only some compromise on the twisty bits. The balance is such that it's difficult to tell you're the pilot of a front wheel drive car.
What I am actually saying is that the car is very easy to drive and thereby deceptively quick. The car's personality is that subtle compared to previous Lotus offerings.