- Private or Trade: Private seller
- Mileage: 71,250
- Town/City: Alfreton
- Post Code/Zip: DE55 6EW
- Country: United Kingdom
- Phone: 07800 888601
- Listed: January 7, 2017 12:55 pm
- Expires: 76 days, 1 hour
For sale is my beloved Type 49 S1 Elise. After 13 years of ownership I feel the time has finally come for me to let it go and be pampered by another enthusiast. For quite some time now I have had a niggling desire to own an Evora and whilst I would love to run both practicalities dictate otherwise. From a purely financial aspect I ought to keep it as prices for the S1 really seem to be on the up now, more so than an Evora that’s for sure but that niggling desire now needs to be addressed.
The car was first registered on 11th November 1999 and was a 2-owner car when I purchased it in Dec 2003. It had 4 Lotus and 1 independent dealer stamps, the last being by Bell and Colvill at 30,184 miles on 21st Feb 2003. From that point on I have personally serviced and fastidiously maintained and upgraded it, with 4 cam belt changes along the way, most recently in April 2016. I have a lever arch file full of receipts for all the work I have done myself or had done including rolling road printouts and every MOT. Much of this work is well documented on the MLOC forum.
The car has currently done just over 71,200 miles. During the course of my ownership I have removed both front and rear clams and I have found no evidence of accident damage, either to the chassis or fibreglass and I believe the paintwork to be entirely original with the exception of my touching in of any stone chips. There is chipping to the paintwork on the lower part of the sills, primarily on the passenger side, but I have always opted to maintain the originality rather than have it resprayed since unless you are on your hands and knees it is barely noticeable.
Some of the many improvements I have made during my ownership, in approximate time order, are as follows:-
An alloy 48mm throttle body, replacement of the original Konis with Bilstein S2 suspension, braided brake hoses and a replacement heater matrix. I fitted a short shifter and gear linkage kit, an Elise Parts rear toe link kit, a VVC inlet manifold and an extended rear diffuser and spacer kit.
I performed a full suspension refresh at 58,900 miles – wishbones were re-plated and painted black with POR-15, new balljoints and OE bushes installed, new drop links and anti-roll bar bushes plus a new replacement Titan steering rack.
The original seats have been swapped out for 340R style motorsport seats supplied new by Le Mans Sports Cars (LMSC.info) and a set of Willans 6 point harnesses fitted.
The original alcantara steering wheel was retrimmed in leather by the Lotus factory as per their recommendation and I subsequently retrimmed the wheel centre and door panels in grey alcantara.
It has had Pagid RS42 pads fitted all round at 62500 miles.
Following traces of oil appearing in the expansion tank in 2012/2013 I replaced the head gasket and made a number of performance modifications comprising a KR1 ported cylinder head with Newman Phase 2 cams, vernier pulleys and an Emerald K6 ECU, all supplied by the well-renowned ‘Kiwi Rog’ of Sabre Heads. The car has been recently mapped at 170BHP running on Shell V-Power. An Elise Parts PRRT was also fitted.
The car has a virtually new stainless exhaust system: A Larini Sports exhaust with extra silencing fitted in Feb 2014 and a Piper 4-2-1 small bore manifold fitted just a couple of hundred miles ago.
In Dec 2014 I removed the front clam and performed a front end refresh, fitting a new Elise Parts alloy radiator and silicon hoses, a new Bosch battery and overhauled the heater fan assembly.
The car has also had a new AP clutch fitted in August 2016 by independent Lotus specialist – Unit 4 vehicle services.
There are loads of other little mods made along the way but hopefully I’ve captured the most significant ones.
It has Yokohama Advan Neova tyres fitted all round, the fronts have loads of life having been fitted at 62,900 miles. The rears were fitted at 58,000 miles so will require replacement in the not too distant future.
The car has just been serviced, using 15w50 Fuchs Titan Pro R fully synthetic oil as recommended by Kiwi Rog and was MOT’d on 10th November 2016 with no advisories.
The satin black headlight bezels are done in vinyl wrap so could be reverted back to the OE red should the new owner prefer.
In addition, there’s a whole host of spare and replaced parts and accessories I’ve accumulated, including the original Type 49 seats, seat belts and rear diffuser, plus a Specialised indoor car cover which are available by separate negotiation.
The recent Practical Classics publication – ‘The Complete Guide to the Best of Lotus’ has a buying guide on the S1 Elise and quotes a price range for a mint example of £14,000-£20,000 and rising so this could be the ideal chance for someone to grab a well-cared for and rare Type 49 at a realistic price.
More photos are available on request or can be found in the MLOC classifieds
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