Hi all, long time forum reader but my first post here. Hoping to finally become a Lotus owner after being a life-long fan. Have read as much through the forum as possible before posting but need a little buying advice.
I've found a car nearby that ticks a lot of boxes, but have a few concerns around it's history that I'd welcome an experienced opinion on. The car I'm looking at is a 2010/11 Exige S2 RGB, 19k miles. 3 owners since new, current owner has only owned it for a few thousand miles/2 years. Car has regular service history, looks to be in excellent condition (will see it in person later this week). It's toppy on price atm, but most things are here in Switzerland! It's my dream car, but I don't want that to blind me into making a bad purchase. My questions:
In the documentation the car is listed as a Cup 260, whilst having the same engine I thought the RGB was a seperate model from the Cup 260? Is this of concern? It has the aluminum signed Roger Becker plate.
Car was modified by a Lotus garage, attached are photos and list of mods that were made. Should I be concerned by this? Owner spent about £7k on it. I'm out of my depth on this, is it a problem or a good upgrade? And what differences will it have made to the performance/drive?
Any specific watch outs and things I must check before proceeding? Have read and will read more buyers guides, but anything specific I need to know?
Long term value - if it's not driven excessively, I'm right in saying it shouldn't depreciate too much? Please help me get this acquisition signed off by the wife..!
Appreciate the help!