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Summer Car Gazing Grab Bag – Meatpacking District, NYC

June 26th, 2012 by Stu

Summer in the city…nothing better. And of all the neighborhoods for prime car spotting subjects, the Meatpacking district is definitely one of them. On my way to dinner at Dos Caminos last Saturday night, I ran into an amazingly beautiful gen 2 Riviera, a tangerine C3 on steroids, a bright yellow Lotus Elise and a hulking Vantage V12 parked prominently in front of the Soho House. Looks like it’s going to be a great summer.

Sights and sounds after the jump…

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Garage Queens: Lotus Elan+2 – West 26th Street, NYC

December 9th, 2010 by Ian

Lotus founder Colin Chapman really got his jollies off building cars that didn’t weigh a lot. More specifically, he embraced the forward-thinking notion that reduced weight, not added power, was the key to truly inspired performance. Case and point, the brand’s first commercial success, the fiber-glass bodied, bug-eyed Elan you see here. It weighs all of 1,500 pounds, the automotive equivalent to Kate Moss on an empty stomach. This particular example, spotted in a garage on West 26th street, is an Elan +2, a stretched wheelbase coupe variant introduced in ’67 that was designed to accommodate a 2+2 seating configuration. Think of it as the spiritual predecessor to the brand’s new Evora, which is essentially an Elise with 2 rear seats and a longer wheelbase. Lotus only made 5,000 of these Elan+2 models between ’67 and ’75 so we consider ourselves lucky to have stumbled onto to this brilliant blue example.

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Lotus Exige S 260 Sport – DUMBO, Brooklyn

July 28th, 2009 by Austin

Lotus Exige S 260 Sport

The Exige S 260 Sport has no power steering, will send shock waves through your spine and is harder to get into than the back stage area at a KISS concert. It also represents the most fun a person can have on 4 wheels short commuting to work via Indy car. If you can manage to squeeze into the scooped out carbon fiber racing seats, the view is nothing more than exposed structural elements, pedals that are spaced mere inches apart and an instrument panel consisting of 3 knobs.  Creature comforts include A/C, power windows and an Alpine stereo. If you need more, don’t buy a Lotus.

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