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Our Lotus Elise

While living in England, Erynn and I fell in love with the Lotus Elise. The car is exactly the opposite of an SUV, and we love it that way. The folks at Lotus decided to finally introduce a version specifically for the US market, and we decided to buy one. We put a down payment for one in the fall of 2004, and we took delivery on November 12, 2006. (The wait is finally over!). Our car was one of the first to arrive in the country for the 2006 model year.

Photo Albums:

April 3, 2002: Renting an Elise in Watford, England - where the infatuation began

January 31, 2005: Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona

July 11, 2005: Lotus Dealer in San Francisco, California

November 12, 2005: Picking Up Our New Lotus Elise - a nice, early birthday present!!!

April 28, 2006: Elise First Service & Oil Change

May 12, 2007: Trip to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

June 5, 2007: Shipping the Elise in the back of a moving van

June 9, 2009: Oil Change at a quickie oil change shop (not a dealer)

June 22, 2009: Installing a carbon fibre center console

Various: Photos That Don't Warrant a Separate Album

Some Interesting Links:

Lotus Cars

Another Elise Enthusiast ... and another Elise Enthusiast

Fox Valley Motorcars - where we bought the car

Sector 111 - Lotus aftermarket parts

Quad City British Auto Club

Good article about the Elise coming stateside