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1st sold in US? Calypso, 43K miles, $12K on eBay

Postby donsladek » Wed 15.11.2017, 18:01

Saw this one on eBay, claimed to be "First in U.S. Bought originally by pres. of Lotus club":

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1991-Lotus-Elan-M100/142580986636?hash=item21327d330c:g:SdoAAOSw6GJZ75N9&vxp=mtr

I thought the black car owned by Dave Schmid was the 1st North American M100? forum.lotuselancentral.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=26070

Located in Forest Hill, MD.

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Re: 1st sold in US? Calypso, 43K miles, $12K on eBay

Postby Brit-Car-Nut » Wed 15.11.2017, 21:29

Having spoken to both owners, the secret here is the difference between "Arrived in the US" and "Sold in the US".

Blackie (Dave Schmid's car) was brought over to be displayed at the LOG that year. After that was over, Lotus used it internally and "loaned" it to "Doc" Bundy while he was driving (racing) for Lotus.

Remember, it has a UK version tail on it - full width rear spoiler with notched rear wings.

I don't think they registered or titled it until they got it back and then sold it to Dave.

The red one was the FIRST to be sold by Lotus Cars USA. It has the (US version) narrow rear spoiler and finned rear wings.
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Re: 1st sold in US? Calypso, 43K miles, $12K on eBay

Postby donsladek » Wed 15.11.2017, 22:40

Thanks for the clarification and the history lesson!! :D
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