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One day others will wake up and realise what a great Lotus car the M100 is. Until then it's a little secret for those of us with one to enjoy. I September I did 2000 miles in one week driving the

I like the M100 being the affordable Lotus and a good fun entry level car for people who just want to have a fun weekend driver. I’ve bounced in and out of them for years and still actually enjoy driv

At the top of the page you can see my latest new-old Lotus, mentioned recently – a superbly preserved second-generation, front-drive 1991 Elan SE in which I’m going to attack Paul Matty’s Lotus Hillcl

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M100 is a stunner, especially the drive and most notably in the wet. 

I hope to get one to rag, just like @Bazza 907 

My 26,000 miler is too clean and too special for me to own long-term. I just want to drive it more and more but that don't seem right for that particular M100.

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The dad of one of our good school friends bought one new: a red SE Turbo with grey (half?) leather. He had it delivered and tucked away in his garage for months, because he didn’t want to register it until the new “H” plates came out. Eventually H2LAN saw the light of day, but not very often because he barely used it. His daily driver was a Merc 190E 2.6 auto, which shifted pretty well. Anyway I only went in the Elan once with the owner’s son at the wheel. It was phenomenal: I remember a series of bends near their home like Becketts/Maggots at Silverstone and he barely slowed down for them. The road-holding/grip was astonishing. The son’s normal car was a Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9, which was pretty damn good, but the Elan was another level up entirely in performance. It’s always surprised me how under-valued they’ve always been.

I just did a quick DVLA MOT check. H2LAN’s last test expired in 2018. It seems to have piled on the miles after my friend’s dad sold it and reached 90,000 in 2006, but not done much since.

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M100 was just too expensive when new, compared to the good but mainly average MX-5.

And those wanting a classic Lotus fix sans roof tend to go for Elise S1 or S2, rather than M100. Who can blame them?

A bit like Excel - Esprit is the pin-up boy, Excel gets (wrongly) ignored. As Esprit prices rise, Excel is very slowly getting pulled up with it. Just as Ferrari 400/Mondial have as other F words moved up in value.

Dive in whilst you can, I say. Excels and M100 are very under-valued.

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I'd probably put Elise as my favourite Lotus drive. Close run to Evora. Perhaps M100 next but S3 Esprit hard to resist. Lotus 7....ah, not driven one. That is one big hole in my Lotus education that needs correcting.

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