Not extremely familiar with Lotuses (which is a shame, since for a while they were headquartered close to my back yard), but I've heard some things about them and I know that some people swear by them and there is some sort of Mystique around the brand, maybe because a couple of their models were consumer reports best buys in the 80s...
the bike in question:
- Lotus Challenger
- Tange 1000 db main triangle, hi-tensile fork (and probably stays)
- Suntour AR derailleurs
- Sugino crank with a very small chainguard over the big ring
- Stem shifters, diacombe brakeset (no turkey levels)
- Weinmann 27 in alloy rims
I think that it is an 82-84 bike; mid-entry. Components look original
Is the Lotus mystique big enough to make it worth more than $125-150 I think its market value is in ready to go condition with new tires/tubes/cables/lube and adjustments?