Back in the early 1980s, Colin Chapman and the team at Lotus set out to design a replacement for the wildly fun-to-drive Elan sports car. The company eventually came up with the design for the car you see here, the M90/X100. Only one was ever produced, and now, its come up for sale.
After Colin Chapman's death in 1982, the Elan replacement project fell to the back burner due to Lotus's financial troubles. After David Wickens took a controlling stake in the company, the car was redesigned as a convertible, and one prototype was built. This is that prototype.
According to the seller, the M90/X100 just underwent a frame-up restoration to prepare for sale. It was built to be a fully production-ready car, with functional lights, wipers, brakes, and suspension. It's equipped with a 4AGE four-cylinder Toyota engine from the first-gen MR2 connected to a five-speed manual transmission. The car even has a Texas title, meaning you can register and drive it anywhere in the US.
It's too bad the X90/X100 never went into production because we're sure it would've been a hit. You can check it out here for sale with a negotiable asking price of $86,000.