Earlier S1 Elise supplied new to Jersey; removable factory
hard-top (and standard soft-top); just 31,773 miles - huge fun in a small,
Supplied new by St. Helier Garages Ltd of Jersey, Channel Islands in July 1998 this neat Lotus Elise Series 1 is finished in Grey with black soft-top and desirable removable factory hard-top too and sits on its original five-spoke 15” alloy wheels shod with Toyo Proxes tyres.
Under the rear deck we find a small boot area with the loose soft-top and the beating heart of this lightweight star, the 1.8 litre Rover K-Series four-cylinder engine which develops 118bhp driving the rear wheels via five-speed manual transmission. Performance was astounding given the car weighs just 725Kg with a low centre of gravity, lightweight GRP construction and superb handling making it a firm favourite for many.
Inside, we find the typically spartan interior with slim, black leather sports seats, manual windows and not even a stereo. The roof bar is pictured in the footwell – easily removed and a necessary removal for fitment of the hard-top.
The car, as we mentioned was supplied new to Jersey and remained there until purchase, import and registration to the UK in November 2022 since when its seen limited use by our vendor. The car presents well although there are some localised areas of micro-blistering to the hard-top and passenger door as pictured (which is not uncommon with this model and fibreglass cars).
Given the car lived in Jersey until last year, its no surprise the car has covered a lower mileage – the car shows 20,954 miles but had a documented speedo replacement in 2001 at 10,819 miles by the supplying Lotus dealer making the total mileage just 31,773.
The history file includes the V5C showing just one UK owner (our vendor), the owner’s pack with manual and service history booklet which shows seven stamps inc. PDI, the last in 2005 at 11,696 miles (22,515 miles).
In addition, we also find supporting documentation for the speedo change and an array of bills for parts and maintenance including purchase of a Piper manifold and intake in 2008, HMRC confirmation post import, Cobra alarm certificate, current MOT valid until October 2023 recording one minor advisory for damage to a mirror and also a Dyno run print-out from Jersey showing the car made 123.6bhp in 2008.
Ready to be enjoyed, perhaps improved a little (the localised micro-blistering), or tucked away as an investment – low mileage Elise S1’s don’t come around that often anymore.
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