- Chassis # SCCPC11195HL31931
- A One Owner Example Showing Just Over 4,000 Miles From New
- Featuring Original Racing Metallic Green Paint Throughout
- Equipped With Rare Dealer Installed "Type 25" Equipment As Well As 2006 Spec Upgrades
- Meticulously Cared For And Dealer Serviced From New
- Sale Includes, Factory Books, Original Window Sticker, Purchase Documents, Service Records, And Numerous Original Parts
When Lotus debuted the Elise in 1996, the revolutionary fiberglass body shell and extruded aluminum chassis made it an ideal British sports car with rigid suspension, low cost, and weight. The Series 1 Elise was produced from 1996 to 2001, with the Series 2 coming along later that year to meet new European crash regulations.
The Series 2 was produced until 2011 and featured a new Lotus-developed ECU and was the first car produced by the British marque to be designed on a computer. The Elise delivered stateside was powered by a Toyota 2ZZ-GE 1.8 L I4 tuned by Lotus to 190 hp and backed by a Toyota C64 6-speed manual transmission. Figures from the test showed a 060 mph time of approximately 4.9 seconds.
The small size, great handling, and relatively budget-friendly price of the Elise made it a popular choice for drivers who wanted both a track-friendly car that was equally as usable in the city. Despite its price, all three generations had exotic car-like looks that set it apart from other sports cars on the market at the time. According to a post on the Lotus Talk forums, certificates provided by Lotus historian Andy Graham point to 3,323 examples of the Lotus Elise being produced in 2005, 202 of those being in Racing Green Metallic.
This particular example, Chassis # SCCPC11195HL31931, was brought into the port of Charleston, SC from the UK in February of 2005 in Racing Green Metallic over a *** interior. It was delivered to Manhattan Motor Cars in New York, NY in May of that year and was used as one of two demonstrator cars at the dealership. The manual windows point to this Elise being a very early car as subsequent cars had electric windows.
The first owner purchased the car in November 2006 with 900 miles on the odometer. The car was upgraded to 2006-spec through dealer-fitted, factory-supplied parts, including the rear wing, the rear Lotus badge, LED tail lamps with European amber turn lenses, and the supercharger. In August of 2007, the selling dealer performed the first service record on file, a 7,500-mile service despite the odometer reading less than 2,000 miles, and serviced the blower motor as well.
In 2012, the owner had a number of factory upgrades installed in recognition of the newly announced Jim Clark Type 25 Elise. They had a Type 25 interior fitted by the Lotus dealer on Long Island, which included the Type 25 wooden gear knob, rear window cap, hard top, and yellow highlights on the rear wing painted by Chuck Reiser in 2005 Lotus yellow. The owner also had the correct black Type 25 wheels fitted that currently wear brand-new Yokohama Advan tires. The original Blaupunkt radio was also changed for a similar Blaupunkt model with Bluetooth capability. Any and all of the parts that were swapped out during this transformation were kept and are included in the sale of the car.
The Elise continued to be serviced at Manhattan Motor Cars and the Lotus dealer on Long Island until 2015, when it began being kept in highly professional storage in upstate New York. As it sits, this is a well-maintained, one-owner Lotus Elise with less than 5,000 miles on the odometer and unique Type 25 factory upgrades to help it stand out from the rest at your local British-only car show. Those looking to partake in the car that gave Lotus its modern reputation for lightweight, driver-focused cars would fall in love with what this Elise offers, especially with the Type 25 supercharger under the hood.
Upon purchase, the new owner will receive the original owners literature, purchase documents, window sticker, and service records on file. The car also comes with its original rims bearing an unused set of correct Bridgestone tires, the original Blaupunkt radio, the original unpainted engine covers, soft-top, hard-top, original seats, all the original pieces that were replaced for the 2006 spec update, door cards, lotus branded car cover, original steering wheel, and more.
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