As a former MGB GT, Fiat Spyder (2 - I didn't learn), and extremely short time Triumph (TR 5?) owner, I'll concur with low car/low visibleness to others. Doesn't matter so much on the open road though.
Go for it, Slappy - I'd enjoy seeing what autos you'd house in that garage.
Hmm, so why are you looking at rental property instead of a garage...
(maybe when you make your bucks from the real estate..)
I'm not considering buying one, but if I WERE to buy a toy like that, the Esprite would be on the top of my list. I don't want a car loan on my credit right now. I also have always liked the Porsche 968 convertibles, and they can be had cheap.
Plus I've got a 1980 chevy pickup, stepside that's lowered, chopped roof, shaved door handles, that's 95% done. All brand new oak bed that's stained & lacquered, new "muscle car" looking wheels/tires, V8 out of a camaro, dual exhaust, custom tailgate, all custom stereo I installed, new carpet, door panels, dash, new paint(maroon)ect. It's at my dad's house right now, we've just got a couple things to do and it's done. Sucks now that winter's here, since I'm not going to drive it in the winter. So no room for a Lotus, dammit.