Purity is a fragile and vulnerable thing and in August 1996, the revolutionary new Lotus Elise seemed to ooze purity from every extruded anodised aluminium and epoxy resin crevice, with nothing superfluous subtracting from the essence of this truly minimalist, focused little sports car. Although 'beautiful to behold' it certainly was, the time-honoured relationship between 'form and function' was clearly evident in the way it went and handled with its lightweight chassis-tub at 731kg failing to daunt the enthusiasm of the mid-mounted, 1.8-litre K-series engine, and its 118bhp was enough for a 0-60mph time in the low sixes allied to decent pull in the higher ratios. Clothed in two-piece 'clamshell' fibreglass bodywork, the featherweight two-door also featured all round double-wishbone independent coil-over suspension, rack and pinion steering, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, and a five-speed gearbox.
Designer Julian Thomson and engineer Richard Rackham were keen to create a car with something of a motorcycle’s feel, and they undoubtedly succeeded, as is evident as much as in the aluminium-and-rubber interior and neat little Stack instrument panel, as in the car's dynamic intimacy with the road, the wind, and the weather. The Elise was a reaction to the corpulent world of leather, luxury, and levers becoming increasingly evident in Lotus road cars, and was an attempt to recreate Colin Chapman’s early principles before he abandoned them in a move upmarket. The early cars were followed in 2002 by the Series 2 and any number of special models with various engine options and greater levels of creature comfort and they're all great, but the simpler, more demure Series 1 still defines the breed.
The 1997 Lotus Elise S1 (series 1) offered here was supplied new by Bell & Colvill. It has covered a mere 1,633 miles from new and is one of the very early lightweight series cars which featured composite brake discs and an aluminium engine cover in the quest for the lowest possible kerb weight.
It presents superbly in 'Racing Green Metallic' with Magnolia hide and is fitted with a 'Momo' steering wheel, built in driving lights, and Perspex headlamp covers. It is virtually immaculate and presents exactly as you would expect at this mileage.
Surely the finest example you will find anywhere in one of the best colour schemes! Already a "classic" and beginning to appreciate, the Elise Series 1 is certain to be a smart investment for years to come.
Calypso red with black leather upholstery, gull door hard top and black hood. only 13,000 miles, Sports exhaust. K&N induction kit, 160 sport rear spoiler, cross drilled vented brakes, Elise S2 sports suspension, removable steering wheel, CD. Full sound proofing. New MOT. A well sorted and very quick .....
Lotus Elise Series 1 Bell & Colvill Super 160 2000
Red/Black Leather Full spec****DEPOSIT TAKEN***
Being prepared in Workshop, available for viewing shortly
*Very rare Super 160
*Blemish free body
*Always garaged and well maintained
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Lotus Elise S1 Factory Supplied 160 Bhp Engine + All Factory Options.**SOLD**SOLD**
Close Ratio Gearbox, Hard Top, Vented Discs, Corbeau Seats, Racing Harnesses, VVC Engine Cover, VVC Rear Spoiler, Roll Cage, Competition Exhaust, Competition Steering Wheel etc. Cost of this vehicle when new was £35K. .....
Lotus Elise S1 1998 Finished in new aluminium with Grey upholstery. One former keeper and One lady owner since 1999. Only 23,000 miles from new with full service history. This lovely Elise is unmolested and totally standard. The hood and interior are like new. Original cars like this one are rocketing .....
Aluminium metallic with blue leather upholstery and blue hood. These early Elise’s are soaring in value and will become very collectable.
Only 19,000 miles,
Two owners from new.
Now rare MMC brake discs.
Another lovely well cared for unmolested example, new MOT and .....
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I am a dealer in North London with many years experience with TVR and Lotus cars.
If you do not have success selling the car privately or would just prefer a quick sale please .....
This car in silver metallic with blue leather interior was purchased new from Lotus dealer in Milan, registered in mid-2000 and has been in the hands of a OWNER ONLY.
He covered a total of only 25,000 kilometers (never on the track), it has always been the subject of a scrupulous maintenance and is .....
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SPORTS SALVAGE BLACK LOTUS ELISE DRIVING
2005 LOTUS ELISE SPORT
MET BLACK WITH BLACK TRIM
STARTS AND DRIVES WELL
CAT N SALVAGE
THE CAR CAME IN WITH DAMAGE TO FRONT DRIVERS SIDE CLAM .....
Lotus Elise 111S - 156bhp K-Series - 2003/53 - 1 Lady owner - 5,500 miles - Perfect car for Export!!!
60 Hi-RES Photos and Video on our Website.... Including the underside that shows how clean and original the car is both outside and in.
Demo and then 1 lady owner from 8mths .....