Lotus Elise - Very Well Serviced with Recent High Expenditure
Est £14,000 - £19,000
This car is in auction on The Market website. The auction is LIVE now and finishes on 13th April. Price is an estimate.
First registered on the 18th of September 2001 and showing just four previous keepers, this uncommonly well-maintained Elise is finished in a subtle metallic blue and is fitted with a matching blue and black, leather ‘n’ Alcantara interior. It has also been the recipient of a lot of important mechanical work and upgrades in the last few years.
In need of only some cosmetic refurbishing to the coachwork, this example would be ideal for anyone looking for a well-fettled track car to enjoy, one that would free them of the worry of picking up the inevitable stonechips that are part-and-parcel of high-speed track life.
Being offered with a very sensible reserve, this is an Elise you can buy with your head and your heart, confident that you should be able to add value with every job you tick off your (short) To Do list.
The light blue metallic coachwork suits the car’s lines beautifully; the Elise is a classic design and this, along with that huge rear spoiler, gives the little Lotus a muscularity that some lack. We love the way it looks, and the panel alignment and shutlines hint at a life well lived.
As does the minimalistic blue fabric roof, which is in great shape. As weathertight and well fitting as any we’ve seen, it’s a much more practical proposition that that of the early cars.
The six-spoke alloy wheels are in great shape as well, and they’re fitted with matching 225/45R17 Yokohama tyres on the rear and 175/55R16 on the front. As you can see in photo #100, only one is very lightly scuffed.
More importantly, our experience shows that matching high-quality tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but it does perhaps give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.
That said, it’s not perfect. The lacquer is peeling in some places and there are quite a few stonechips to the front end. There are also some scuffs to the rear air intakes (#8), some light cracking to the offside door opening (#31), the nearside corner of the front valance (#53), and there are small horizontal cracks to the front clamshell (#124) and one air intake (#164).
Still, because rust isn’t an issue you’ll be free to ignore them until you have the money in the bank to pay someone to sort it out for you.
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- LayoutMid Engined
- AspirationNormally Aspirated
- Power 122 bhp
- Torque 124 lbs/ft
- Top speed 126 mph
- Acceleration0 to 62 in 5.6 s
- Driven wheelsRear Wheel Drive
- Economy 38.7 mpg
- Body typeConvertible
- Emissions 177 (g/km)
- Vehicle height 1,143 mm
- Vehicle width 1,719 mm
Reference #11469455 | Trade advert