I almost bought a ’67 pre-airflow FHC this summer on Bring a Trailer. I had been watching the auction since the car appeared and with a couple of minutes left, decided to throw in a bid. Then another. Then I came to my senses. The buyer later revealed that his last bid was his limit, so if I had increased my last bid by $500, it was mine, but fortunately I held back. Although a very nice and honest car with the added benefit of Webers, it had some issues. It previously had a roll cage so the interior had some associated installation issues that would bother me. It was also a pre-airflow. Although I prefer the looks of that version, I figured that Lotus added the vents to the rear pillar for a reason. Air flow through a cabin is a good thing. And most importantly, it was red. Granted the Elan looks great in that color, but the Westfield is red, and the 951 (which will be going up for sale soon) is also red. In fact, the 993 I almost bought instead of my car was red. I like red, but not to the degree that I want most of my cars that color.
The car I eventually bought is in better shape than the BaT car, has a ton of extras that I wanted, a significant amount of maintenance/repairs, and after adding buyer’s fees to the BaT car was about $1600 cheaper. Despite the $14,500 the previous owner invested over the 6 months before I bought it, there is still some work to do. It arrived with a broken driver’s side window and horn, play in the steering, some rattles, and in need of a few upgrades. Fortunately I have a garage and a bunch of tools I’m not afraid to use. Stay tuned