The Tiniest Tempest in a Teapot

Fans of obscure 90’s automotive experimentation probably know of this, the tiny V6 powered egg-shaped Mazda coupe. On paper this clicked all the boxes. But Mazda had already introduced a better sportswear, the MX-5 Miata, and the MX-3 was out of the US market after 3 years.

1991 Lotus Elan SE

Unappreciated Mashup – 1991 Lotus Elan SE

Purists suck. They suck because they don’t judge a car on its merits, but on how it conforms to expectations. A purist will only talk well of a car if it’s rear-wheel drive, manual transmission, metal body, and has a engine provenance from the manufacturer. The 3rd generation Lotus from the 1990’s is everything a purist rejects. But it’s an amazing car in it’s own right.