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One-Off Lotus Prototype Looks Like A Serious Sports Car Bargain

So do we, luckily Hemmings has one available right now.

Lotus has been in the business of producing some of the world’s most capable road and race cars since it was founded by the king of lightness himself, Colin Chapman, way back in 1952. The slice of ‘80s wedge you see here was the last car to be overseen by him before his death in 1982. Intended to resurrect the Elan name, it was initially codenamed M90, (also referred to as the X100) and was a four-seater coupe using numerous Toyota-sourced parts such as the engine, 5-speed manual transmission and suspension setup.

Due to Chapman’s demise, the decision to develop a front-wheel-drive Elan and other financial factors, only one X100 prototype was ever built. Wile it was initially a coupe it was then turned into a convertible in 1984. With a curb weight of under 2000-pounds, the revvy little 123-hp 1.6-liter Toyota motor should give the X100 plenty of zip. Seeing as it isn't some clunky old '80s British four potter, it is unlikely to leave you standing by the side of the road either.

The suspension setup is largely the same as what was used in the FWD Elan road car so handling should be just as you would expect from a Lotus. The owner, who claims to have owned just about every Lotus built says that it feels like a mix between an Elan and a contemporary Esprit to drive.

The car has an indicated 1,250-miles on the clock and has been fully restored complete with photos and a log book. Despite being a prototype, the X100 has fully functioning lights, brakes and everything else that would be required to drive it on the roads.

Seeing as it is a historically significant vehicle, the owner is also offering all the original bits and pieces such as the front passenger seat and windows with the car. It doesn’t come with a stereo system or air-conditioning and you will need to put a new set of tires on it but aside from that and a few minor blemishes, this prototype is as good as new. The price for this slice of Lotus history? $66,000.

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