Colour: Azure Blue
Fuel Type: Petrol
Engine Configuration: Inline 4
When Colin Chapman founded Lotus cars in 1952 the company very much worked off his famous saying ‘simplify then add lightness’. This beautiful Lotus Elise S1 is very much centered around the classic Lotus tradition and Colins ideas with a weight under 800KG and a high revving 1.8 litre twin cam engine. The S1 Elise is most definitely a future classic if not a classic already. The Elise model was a huge hit upon its release in 1996 offering an affordable, good looking mid-engined sports car. The bonded aluminium chassis gave the car a stiff and sporty platform and has paved the way for not only the later Elises but the newest and most powerful Exiges and Evoras.
The Elise S1 was in production from 1996 up until 2001. This particular example was first registered in August 1997 making it one of the earlier cars off of the production line. Finished in arguably one of the best colours Azure blue with a cream leather interior this Series 1 Elise is a seriously pretty car that’s not aged a day in its 24-year life. With a mere 42,500 miles on the clock during its 20+ year life and full-service history the car runs and drives beautifully.
This Elise has a perfect service history spreading across two service books with 21 service stamps present all by main dealer or specialist. This car has an equally impressive MOT history covering the entire cars life and supporting the low mileage. The Elise has two full size spare keys and the original service booklets. The car has a huge number of invoices in its history file detailing each service carried out and any extra maintenance on top.
Additional maintenance and upgrades include an aluminium high pressure radiator kit, polished stainless steel tow eye mount and a sports rear silencer. The exhaust gives a nice but not overloud tone whilst retaining the factory OEM look.
Most recently the car received a major service including renewal of the cambelt and has since been thoroughly inspected by our Lotus trained technicians and will be supplied with a 12-month MOT.
The paintwork on this vehicle presents very well but does show its age as you would expect with a 24 year old car. There are no cracks or damage to the bodywork but minor age-related marks present and minor micro-blisters. Our in-house Lotus approved body shop can offer a full respray if desired and the car is available for £24,250 fully repainted with pristine warranted paintwork.
If you are looking for a great value British sportscar contact our sales team today.