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Lotus Elise Mk1 & Mk2: Buying guide and review (1996-present)

Lotus Elise Mk1 & Mk2: Buying guide and review (1996-present) Classic and Performance Car
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The Lotus Elise was a return to form for Lotus, harking back to the days of the original Elan, which had been built with Colin Chapman’s lightness above all else philosophy. The new Elise stuck to its driver-focussed ideals without catering for a broader market, offering comfort and practicality over driving purity. The Elise doesn’t pretend to be anything but a distilled tool for those who enjoy driving at its purest. Lightness, excellent steering feel and a communicative chassis are its main attributes, and the Elise has stayed true to this basic formula right up to today’s models. 
 
Introduced in 1996, the Series 1 Lotus Elise was enthusiastically received by the motoring world. Lotus initially planned to produce just a few thousand cars, with production ending in 2000, but the strong demand has seen production of the continually evolving model continue to this very day.
 
As the years have gone by, weight has slowly increased due to increased safety regulations and creature comforts, however they all still offer a level of driver involvement that is absent from most other cars on the road.
 
Which one to buy?
 
The Elise has been in production since 1996 and to see which one is right for you it is worth taking a look at the differences between the various versions that have been produced.
 
Early Series 1 cars were fitted with the Rover K-series engine, and their basic specifications make them the purists’ choice. No power assistance or driver aids of any kind were offered, but what you did get was one of the best handling and most responsive cars available. 
 
The 111S and 340R with increased power and a stronger track focus were also introduced. Initial plans to produce 2500 units turned into almost 9000 by the time the Series 2 was introduced in 2000. 
 
It featured a number of changes to make it compliant with ever more stringent emissions and safety regulations. Initially offered with the same basic K-series engine as the Series 1, the powertrain was changed to Toyota-sourced engines in 2005. The addition of ABS, air conditioning and electric windows in some models meant a weight penalty, however the increased power outputs meant that performance did not suffer. 

The 111S was reintroduced with Rover K-series power, but this only lasted until 2005 with the change to Toyota engines. Other track-focussed cars introduced were the 135R and Sport 190, with more power and handling upgrades. 
 
Lotus continues with Toyota powertrains to this day, although the Elise has put on a few kilos in intervening years thanks to safety equipment and additional specification. They are more sophisticated and better equipped than the original Elise, and are more useable as everyday transport than the early cars, however some of the original’s purity has arguably been lost.
 
Performance and specs
 
Lotus Elise Series 1
Engine 1796cc 16valve DOHC I4 
Power 118bhp @ 5500 rpm 
Torque 122lb. ft torque @ 3000rpm
Top speed 124mph 
0-60mph 5.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 39.8mpg 
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2300mm
Length 3726mm
Width 1701mm
Height 1148mm
Weight 755kg
 
Common problems
 
• Parts are widely available from specialists, which generally offers a decent saving compared to going to Lotus. Running costs are reasonable and generally the Elise is a reliable vehicle.

• The Rover K-Series engine found in Series 1 and early Series 2 cars is generally robust, but radiator hoses can work loose and the head gasket can blow if they overheat. Over revving can cause cracked cylinder liners, identified by an excessively smoking exhaust. Cam belts need changing every six years, and it’s worth doing earlier if regular track driving is planned. 

• Toyota engines have cam chains, and are generally trouble free.

• Fuel Injection pump fuses were uprated from 1998-on, and are worth retrofitting to older cars.

• Transmissions are robust, although the shift action can loosen with age, requiring cable replacements. Earlier cars had unbraided rubber hoses to the clutch making it function erratically, but braided items can be retro-fitted and newer cars should have them installed from the factory.

• The body is constructed of aluminium panels glued to the chassis, so rust is not an issue. Corrosion to the foot well floor was common in Series 1 and early Series 2 cars though.

• Sports Exhausts tend to wear out quickly, while the standard items are much more reliable

• Window winder mechanisms tend to give various problems, but and can be repaired by specialists to save on costs

• A number of recalls were carried out over the years, so check whether your specific model had them carried out to avoid future issues
 
Model history

1996: Lotus Elise Series 1 goes on sale with 118bhp 1.8l engine
1998: Sport 135 with 145bhp released
1999: 111S introduced with power up to 143bhp and closer ratio gearbox
2000: Track focused 180bhp 340R introduced in limited numbers – track pack option increased power to 190bhp. Sport 160 introduced with 160bhp and Sport 190 introduced with 190bhp.
2001: Lotus Elise Series 2 introduced. New 111S model introduced, now with 160bhp. 135R (known as Sport111) and Sport 190 continue track-biased offerings
2005: Toyota powertrains adopted across the range. Rover powered 111S model discontinued and replaced by 111R with 190bhp Toyota engine
2006: Minor updates to ECU and the introduction of LED rear lights
2007: New Base Elise S released with 134bhp retaining five-speed gearbox. 111R renamed Elise R
2008: 218bhp Supercharged Elise SC introduced with six-speed gearbox
2010: Series 2 Face Lift introduced. Base model now with 1.6-litre engine producing the same 134bhp as outgoing 1.8-litre motor. S and S cup models come fitted with supercharged 1.8-litre engine
2011: Final year of sale for street legal Elise in US
2015: Elise available from factory in base, S and S Cup variants. Comfort Pack adds central locking and soundproofing. The Exige is the hardtop equivalent and there were numerous Special Edition models built throughout production
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.lotuscars.com/elise-sport
• www.clublotus.co.uk
• elise-faq.info 
 
Summary and prices
 
Thanks to such a long production run, an Elise can be found to suit most budgets. Series 1 and early Series 2 cars tend to range between £11,000 and £15,000. Facelifted Series 2s and more powerful variants are around £22,000 while brand new cars start at £29,900. 

A number of limited edition models, engine variations and transmission options means that you are spoilt for choice when choosing your Elise. Entry level models are great for a weekend blast, although you may want to look at the more powerful versions if you intend to do frequent track days. 

On that note, as long as you watch out for overly abused cars, and stay away from modified vehicles, you should end up with a fantastic sports car that will bring a smile to your face on any journey. Except perhaps a long one.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 11th Dec 2015
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  • Lotus Elise

    £33,995 £33,995

    Variant name:S ,Derivative:MK2 FL ,Variant: S 20th Anniversary The Lotus Elise 20th Anniversary Special Edition celebrates the unveiling of the iconic sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1995. 20 years ago, the Lotus Elise revolutionised the sports car world, setting the benchmark for handling, purity of the driving experience, lightweight and efficiency. Its pioneering and advanced bonded aluminium chassis was a market-leading technological innovation at the time and over the years has improved and evolved and remains core to the Elise’s exceptional performance today. Weighing just 914 kg, 10 kg less than the Elise S, the Elise 20th Anniversary is the sports car that both enthusiasts and newcomers to the brand will desire. Lightweight, efficient and totally pure in its driving experience, its benchmark in handling remains the envy of the sports car scene. Additional equipment compared to the Elise S comes as standard and is designed to reduce weight, including lightweight matt black forged wheels, lightweight centre console in body colour and lightweight sports seats in leather or Alcantara with colour coded stitching. A sport mode is also included which increases throttle response and alters the traction slip thresholds allowing the driver enhanced control before intervention. Our car is one owner from new and is finished in Matallic Grey, it is fitted with Air Conditioning.

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 3400 mi
    • Engine size: 1.8
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  • Lotus Elise 1.6 Sport

    £31,950 £31,950

    Launched in 1996, the Lotus Elise was the ultimate handling, rear wheel drive, mid engined roadster. The Elise has been continually developed throughout its life. In 2001 the S2 was launched, with engines being switched from rover to Toyota in 04. In 2011 the S3 Elise was launched, with a further improved chassis as well as a facelifted exterior. At just 866kgs the super light Elise Sport is the essence of the original Elise S1. Its timelessly stylish, lightweight composite body attached to an equally light aluminum alloy chassis-tub forms the basis of all the Lotus models. The lightweight chassis design includes a passenger safety zone and is supplemented by an advanced braking system, LED lighting and twin airbags making the Elise one of the safest cars in its class. Powered by a 1.6-litre engine delivering 134bhp giving 0-60 mph of just 5.5 secs and onto a top speed of 127mph yet still returning a combined fuel economy of 44.8 mpg. The new 2016 model Lotus Elise 1.6 Sport offered at Hofmanns is finished in White metallic with Black and Red Alcantara interior. Over and above the standard specification our car benefits from the following options: NVH –Full carpeting including CD p

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  • Lotus Elise Sport

    £31,950 £31,950

    Launched in 1996, the Lotus Elise was the ultimate handling, rear wheel drive, mid engined roadster. The Elise has been continually developed throughout its life. In 2001 the S2 was launched, with engines being switched from rover to Toyota in 04. In 2011 the S3 Elise was launched, with a further improved chassis as well as a facelifted exterior. At just 866kgs the super light Elise Sport is the essence of the original Elise S1. Its timelessly stylish, lightweight composite body attached to an equally light aluminum alloy chassis-tub forms the basis of all the Lotus models. The lightweight chassis design includes a passenger safety zone and is supplemented by an advanced braking system, LED lighting and twin airbags making the Elise one of the safest cars in its class. Powered by a 1.6-litre engine delivering 134bhp giving 0-60 mph of just 5.5 secs and onto a top speed of 127mph yet still returning a combined fuel economy of 44.8 mpg. The new 2016 model Lotus Elise 1.6 Sport offered at Hofmanns is finished in Grey with Red Leather interior. Over and above the standard specification our car benefits from the following options: NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness material), Full carpe

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  • Lotus Elise S Cup

    £36,950 £36,950

    Responding to its customers’ demands is a Lotus duty. The Elise S Cup is a prime example of taking a more track focused model, in this case, the Elise Cup R, and toning it back enough to make it suitable for road use. The sheer flexibility of this approach is helped by the weight conscious nature of the Elise lightweight chassis and composite body. The Elise S Cup is what results. Despite boasting the same power as the Elise S, the overall kerbweight of the Elise S Cup increases by only 42lbs (19kgs) over the R version. As a result, its power to weight ratio is an enchanting 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1,000kg). The result is high performance that is guaranteed to thrill and excite. The driving quality is as pure as the driven snow. With the 1.8-litre engine, its induction supplemented by an Eaton supercharger, it means that the power is at an outstanding 217bhp (220PS). Select the first of the Elise S Cup six, close-ratio gears and the forward’s motion is simply wonderful. Its 235bhp/tonne (238PS/1000kgs) enables a V-max of 140mph (225kph), yet its Combined fuel economy is given as 37.5mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO 2 emissions are only 175g/km. Lotus proves that sportscar ownership can remain b

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  • Lotus Elise 250 Cup

    £49,950 £49,950

    Proving that less is more, Lotus’ high performance Cup version of the famous Elise has shed 21 kg and gained 26 hp. Weighing in at 931 kg and capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest ever road-going Lotus Elise. 
Delivered to the marque’s now famous ‘Lightweight Laboratory’, it emerged with a range of features, including a Lithium-ion battery, which slashes 10 kg of the weight, carbon fibre seats, reducing the weight by 6 kg, and ultra-lightweight forged alloy wheels, saving a further 1.5 kg. Designed to suit all sports car fans, the Lotus Elise Cup 250 is available for the first time as a roadster as standard, with a hard top available as an option. Powered by a new higher-output version of the supercharged, 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, the Elise Cup 250 boasts 243 hp (246 PS) at 7200 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 3500 rpm and 5500 rpm. Lotus Dynamic Performance Management (DPM) provides a ‘Sport’ mode, increasing throttle response, lowering traction slip thresholds and removing under steer recognition, allowing enhanced control before the system intervenes. The Elise Cup 250 carries over the motorsport-derived suspension and braking components from

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  • Lotus Elise Sport 220

    £37,950 £37,950

    20 years ago the Lotus Elise revolutionised the sports car world, setting the benchmark for handling, purity of the driving experience, lightweight and efficiency. It’s pioneering and advanced bonded aluminum chassis was a market-leading technological innovation at the time and over the years despite improvements and evolutions to the design remains core to the Elise’s exceptional performance today. With a power to weight ratio of 237bhp/ton (241PS/1,000kg), the new Lotus Elise Sport 220 has the performance to match the looks. Its supercharged 1.8l engine enables 0-60 in 4.2 seconds onto a V-max of 145mph (234kph). However due to its low weight and 6 speed gearbox its combined fuel economy is a fantastic 37.7mpg (7.5l/100km) and CO 2 emissions are only 173g/km. Aside from the mechanicals underpinning every Elise Sport 220 is the strongest, most efficient, and lowest weight extruded and bonded chassis-tub ever produced for the Elise, giving the car un-paralled road holding ability as well as creating the vital safety structure for its occupants. The 2016 model Lotus Elise Sport 220 offered at Hofmanns is our current demonstrator finished in Metallic Grey with Red leather interior. O

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  • Lotus Elise S2 Type R

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 2000cc Transmission: Manual Mileage: 34 154 BHP: 220 First registered in 2001 and having covered just 34,154 miles from new this Lotus Elise S2 has been the subject of a very expensive conversion by BLiNK Motorsport based around a Honda Civic Type R engine. This work was all done within the last 6,000 miles. The spec also includes the latest Link-Up kit which was installed around 1500 miles ago with all the latest Link-Up components including remapped ECU and exhaust manifold giving 220 BHP. In addition to this the car features Nitron suspension, ally-belled disks, Pagid RS14 pads, Eliseparts exhaust system and an ACES shift light system. A removable hardtop is also included. The car was also repainted gunmetal grey from its original blue. A superb lightweight car boasting 220 BHP in a very lightweight package the car is ideal for fast road or track use. A lovely service history is present; 13/06/01 at 1021 miles, Nick Whale Sports Cars 21/05/02 at 4771 miles, Nick Whale Sports Cars 01/04/03 at 15000 miles, Ragtop Roadsters Lotus Service Centre 01/05/05 at 25000 miles, BLiNK Motorsport 01/05/07 at 30000 miles, BLiNK Motorsport 17/10/08, No Milea

    • Year: 2000
    • Mileage: 34154 mi
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  • Lotus ELISE S Sport, Touring & Black

    £29,000 £29,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Elise S (220hp) finished in Chrome Orange with Full Ebony Black Leather Touring Interior with Elise Embroidered Footmats, Noise Insulation Panelling, Auxiliary Driving Lights, USB Connection and Cruise Control. Sports Pack includes Bilstein Sports Dampers, DPM Sports Setting, Ebony Black Leather Sports Seats and Forged Sports Wheels. Black Pack includes Black Rear Diffuser and the Sports Wheels Finished in Satin Black. Plus, Air Conditioning and 2Bular Sports Exhaust.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 12500 mi
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  • LOTUS ELISE

    £35,450 £35,450

    Air Conditioning, Touring Package, Leather Trim, Auxiliary Driving Lights, CD Stereo with USB Connection and sound insulation, Black Alloys, Metallic Paint. Please contact our sales team for further information.

    • Year: 1970
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  • Lotus Elise Sport 190

    £23,950 £23,950

    As featured in Evo Magazine…. The Sport 190 was conceived as an Elise race car for the road. Described by EVO magazine as: “The trick – and it’s a very neat one – that Lotus has pulled off with the Sport 190 is to create as near-as-dammit a race car that doesn’t bully or intimidate the inexperienced or hesitant driver, but flatters their abilities. In the hands of talented helmsmen it should be pretty much uncatchable on your average track day.” Finished in Quartz Silver paint and a matching hardtop. This exceptionally rare and very special Lotus Elise Sport 190 is number 009 of only 33 built & has only ever been looked after by Lotus Motorsport themselves at Hethel – full history from new & only 1 owner. This is a very quick car indeed that has had many thousands of pounds lavished up on it. Specification includes; body coloured hard top carbon fibre undertray and composite front splitter carbon fibre big GT airbox on bespoke spacer plates with ITG race filter Oil catch tank Fully adjustable anti roll bars FIA tow eyes (front and rear) 4 way remote adjustable Ohlins fitted at 36k miles in 2008 AP Cross drilled brakes fitted 2009 at a cost of £1600 340R seats Plumbed in extinguishe

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 43000 mi
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  • Lotus Elise S1

    £13,950 £13,950

    Lotus Elise S1 presented in Metallic Racing Green with Magnolia Leather and Black interior, Upgrades include:- Gaz-Tec shocks and springs. Brodie Britten stainless silencer system, K&N induction, Head gasket upgrade, new radiator with fan over ride switch, rare optional removable seat inserts, rear aluminium engine cover. Originally supplied new by Haydon Daytune, Lotus Main dealer of Cambridge. Last owner (ex Lotus employee) since 2003, and 58,000 miles with full service history. Just serviced with an MOT until April 2016. Will be supplied with a 6 month warranty. *Viewing By Appointment Only*

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 58000 mi
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  • Lotus Elise 111S

    £15,950 £15,950

    This Lotus Elise 111S was first registered on the 1st March 2005. Painted in a very attractive Metallic Black, with black leather seats and door cards. The car has done 75,000 miles and has a full service history accompanying it. The service history shows a head gasket replacement together with a head skim and cam-belt replacement. Additional servicing history is also available along with and alarm/immobiliser and an MOT certificate which expires on the 31/03/2016. **Viewing by appointment only please**

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 75000 mi
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  • 2008 LOTUS ELISE

    $29,500(£24,110.35) $29,500(£24,110.35)

    --Storm Titanium with Black leather interior, 6-speed manual gearbox, 107,272-One owner miles from new, Never tracked! Factory Options Include: Hard Top, Metallic Paint, Sport Pack, Touring Pack and Star Shield. The Elise is powered by a 190 hp @ 7,800 rpm 1.8 Liter, Mid-Mounted 4-cylinder with DOHC & Variable Valve Timing. It will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 150 mph. This Elise has been well known to Autosport Designs having been serviced by us. It comes with its original owner’s manual, tools and extra keys. This Elise is exceptional in every way having been incredibly well maintained by its one Doctor owner. It is in well-serviced condition and ready for immediate use. Please note, this Elise does have a Carfax due to its having been backed into in a parking lot and thus having an insurance claim paid. The damage was minimal, please see photo below documenting extremely light damage to the front of the car. Although higher mileage, this Elise is super and well-cared for in every respect, all services are up to date, it can be used and enjoyed easily as is or could be the basis for a track car. **Please note the last photo will show the minor dama

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 107272 mi
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  • Lotus ELISE Sport 220

    £37,000 £37,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Elise Sport 220 finished in Signature Elise Grey with Black Alcantara Trim Upgrade consisting of Alcantara Trimmed Centre Console, Alcantara and Leather Trimmed Seats and Padded Alcantara Door Panels. Plus - Stereo, USB Connection, Full Carpeted Interior, Sound Insulation, Auxiliary Driving Lights, Cruise Control and Satin Black Forged Sport Wheels. 

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2000 mi
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  • Lotus ELISE 1.6 Touring & Black

    £29,000 £29,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Elise (135hp) finished in Metallic Yellow with Ebony Black Leather Interior boasts Touring Pack with Full Leather Interior, Black Carpet Mats with Embroidered Elise Logo, Noise Insulation Panelling, Auxiliary Driving Lights, USB Connection for Various iPod Models, MP3 Players, Memory Sticks and Cruise Control. Black Pack with Black Lightweight Cast Alloy Wheels and Black Rear Diffuser. Plus Air Conditioning, 

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2000 mi
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  • 240 - 1998 Fiat Barchetta

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    The Fiat type 176 Barchetta was Fiat's re-entry to the convertible or spider car market and a challenge to the popular Mazda MX5 from Japan. With distinctive styling that can be traced back to the 1949 Ferrari 166MM, production began at the Maggiora plant close to Turin in 1995 and, due to the lack of a spray shop, were painted at Bertone's plant and then returned for final assembly. Built on the Fiat Punto floor pan and fitted with the 1,747cc twin over-head cam engine with Fiat's variable valve timing, these engines are very reliable as well as lively and responsive. With a firm chassis and very good panel fit, these hand assembled sports cars are great fun to drive and have what must be the easiest and quickest hood to put up or down. Production ceased at the Maggiora factory in 2002 and production was moved to Fiats Mirafiori plant, where a face lift model or phase II was built until 2005. The vehicle on offer today is showing just over 155,000km (approximately 96,350 miles) and is finished in Grigio Steel and comes with the comfort pack of electric mirrors, leather interior, electric aerial, central locking and passenger air bag. With excellent paint work complemented by green

    • Year: 2016
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  • 305 - 1998 Bentley Continental T

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    The Bentley Continental R was launched at the Geneva motor show in 1991 and the styling of the handsome new coupé harked back to elegant lines of the S -Series Continental coupés produced by Bentley Motors throughout the 50's and 60's. The turbocharged 6.75 litre, V8 engine was utilised and internally the car was similar to the Turbo R saloon. Introduced in 1989, the Bentley Continental T brought sportier handling and higher power to the Continental range. It has a four inch shorter wheelbase than a Continental R, has flared wheel arches accommodating the 18" five spoke alloy wheels and a more powerful 420bhp, V8 power unit. To be expected, performance was very impressive with the big Bentley reaching 60mph in under six seconds and a top speed of almost 170mph. This delightful Continental T presents in excellent order and has been very well cared for by the current vendor. The black emerald paintwork is virtually unmarked as is the sumptuous leather trim. The highly figured walnut dashboard and oceans of dials/gauges are a simple reminder of everything synonymous with such a prestige marque. Driving a Bentley Continental T is one of life's memorable experiences, listening to the no

    • Year: 2016
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  • 225 - 1998 Bentley Arnage Green Label

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    The Bentley Arnage was launched in 1998, a large luxury saloon car that replaced the previous Bentley Turbo saloon. Built by Bentley Motors in Crewe from 1998 to 2009, the Arnage and its Rolls-Royce sibling the Silver Seraph, were introduced in the Spring of 1998 and were the first entirely new designs for the two marques since 1980 when the Silver Spirit and Mulsanne models were introduced. The Arnage Green Label was to be powered by a powerful BMW V8 engine with Cosworth-engineered twin-turbo chargers. First registered on the 4th September 1998, this car is supplied with service history carried out by renowned specialists P&A Wood up to 57,000 miles and more recently, this beautiful example has been subjected to a £4,000 service including a new sunroof. The car has been with the current registered keeper since the 3rd January 2000 with the previous keeper recorded as P&A Wood. It is supplied with a V5 document and MoT test certificate with no advisories showing until the 4th March 2017. Available at a fraction of the cost when new and regarded as offering exceptional value given the level of comfort and luxury the car has to offer.

    • Year: 2016
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  • 206 - 1998 Ferrari F355 F1 Berlinetta

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    The Ferrari F355 was built from May 1994 to 1999 and was an evolution of the Ferrari 348. It is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive, V8-powered two-seat coupé. At launch, two models were available; the coupé Berlinetta and the Targa topped GTS. The Spider (convertible) version was introduced in 1995. One major difference between the longitudinal V8 in the 348 and that in the 355, apart from the displacement increase from 3.4 to 3.5 litres, is that the F355 features a five valve per cylinder head that is considerably more powerful, producing 375bhp. The nomenclature does not follow the formula from the previous decades, i.e. engine capacity plus cylinder number for example, the Ferrari 308 name comes from three litres plus eight cylinders, with the same for the 328, 348, 512 etc. This time, Ferrari used engine capacity plus number of valves per cylinder; proud to boast about this technological advancement, with the name 355 coming from 3.5 litres engine capacity and five valves per cylinder. The F355 has become the most popular model so far with over 11,273 cars produced. From a driver's perspective, the Berlinetta will always prove the more popular, the chassis possesses more rigidity

    • Year: 2016
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  • 220 - 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello *WITHDRAWN*

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    The Ferrari 550 Maranello is a two-seat grand tourer manufactured from 1996 and is powered by a front-engined V12. It shared its platform and 5,474cc engine with the 456 but was positioned as the company's high-end model. It featured a luxurious and spacious interior and, unusually for a Ferrari, the boot could accommodate a set of golf clubs. The 550 has a tubular steel frame chassis with light aluminium bodywork. Power steering is variable assist and, to be expected of a car with this performance, disc brakes are fitted all round. Acceleration is an impressive 4.2 seconds 0 to 60mph and top speed a reported 199mph. In total, 3,083 Ferrari 550's were produced. This lovely example, finished in Tour de France blue, has covered a mere 29,000 miles and benefitted from a £2,000 service with Ferrari specialists Autofficina in September 2016. Described as in stunning condition, this example was originally imported to Japan by Cornes who continued to service the car; the original Ferrari manual and tools are present as is the service booklet. The coachwork is in very good order as is the contrasting tan leather interior and we are pleased to advise this 550 Maranello drives with no known

    • Year: 2016
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  • 224 - 1998 Land Rover Wolf 90 Soft-Top

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    Built specifically for the Ministry of Defence, it is understood that only approximately 8,000 Defender Wolf's were made and a large number of those would have been hard tops and/or the 110 variety or lefthand drive. This righthand drive soft top or full tilt example is particularly rare. Sources suggest the upgrades to the standard defender put the Wolf price to the MoD at around £40,000 in 1997-1998. Upgrades included a 2" ride height increase due to heavy duty suspension design whilst the chassis on this Heavy Duty is said to be eight times stronger than standard and fitted with a heavy duty roll cage, prop-shaft protection between chassis and hub and heavy duty bumpers. The vehicle also features sealed headlights with breather pipes to top of windscreen, 113bhp, 300TDi engine with no electronics except fuel pump solenoid, rust proofed chassis from new, gearbox cooling system, reinforced front bulkhead, rails and sills, reinforced Salisbury rear axle and standard reinforced front axle and uprated diffs, 80 litre reinforced fuel tank, very tough and heavy duty Wolf wheels, convoy light system with a light illuminating the white painted rear differential, NATO towing hitch, 24v el

    • Year: 2016
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  • 241 - 1998 Fiat Barchetta ' 2.0 conversion'

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    The Fiat type 176 Barchetta was Fiat's re-entry to the convertible or spider car market and a challenge to the popular Mazda MX5 from Japan. With distinctive styling that can be traced back to the 1949 Ferrari 166MM, production began at the Maggiora plant close to Turin in 1995 and, due to the lack of a spray shop, were painted at Bertone's plant and then returned for final assembly. Built on the Fiat Punto floor pan and fitted with the 1,747cc twin over-head cam engine with Fiat's variable valve timing, these engines are very reliable as well as lively and responsive. With a firm chassis and very good panel fit, these hand assembled sports cars are great fun to drive and have what must be the easiest and quickest hood to put up or down. Production ceased at the Maggiora factory in 2002 and production was moved to Fiats Mirafiori plant, where a face lift model or phase II was built until 2005. In 2008, this stunning Rosso red Barchetta was involved in an accident to the front wing and although repairable, it was classified as Category C. The owner decided to purchase the car from the insurance company and it was converted to righthand drive with a 2.0 Twin Spark, Alfa Romeo engine

    • Year: 2016
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  • Lotus ELISE 1.6 Touring & Black *SOLD*

    £36,000 £36,000

    Additional Details: Lotus Elise (135hp) finished in Signature Elise Grey with Ebony Black Leather Interior boasts Touring Pack – Full Leather Interior, Black Carpet Mats with Embroidered Elise Logo, Noise Insulation Panelling, Auxiliary Driving Lights, USB Connection for Various iPod Models, MP3 Players, Memory Sticks and Cruise Control. Black Pack – Black Lightweight Cast Alloy Wheels and Black Rear Diffuser. Plus – Air Conditioning, 0% APR 50/50 Finance Available, Pay £18,000 now and £18,000 in 2 years’ time.

    • Year: 2015
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  • Lotus Elise 111R 16V SPORTS RACER

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111R SPORTS RACER 2006(06) ALWAYS LOOKING FOR STOCK - PLEASE RING OR EMAIL LIMITED EDITION NO: 77/100 CHASSIS SCCPA11196HC31841 OWNERSHIP: 2 owners and 10069 miles from new. Full main dealer service history with 6 stamps in the book plus invoice documentation. Last serviced 23/06/2014 at 9741 miles. 2 sets of keys, All handbooks. TAX 31/12/2014. MOT 07/07/2015. HISTORY: Supplied new by Christopher Neil’s to a gentlemen from St Helens who kept the car for 16 months. The 2nd keeper from Hertfordshire garaged the car in his 6 year care and drove just 4500 miles on sunny summer days only. His disposal was entirely due to the imminent arrival of a new Lotus which undoubtably will receive the same care and attention as this car. EXTERIOR: Using the previous owners words he was of the view that this was probably ‘The best condition Sports Racer available’. Certainly the fully lacquered Ardent Red paintwork with Triple Monaco white stripes is apart from one chip in pretty much as it would have been when new. The paint protection film at the front looks equally unmarked. When viewed the appearance is simply outstanding, immediately drawing the fullest admirat

    • Year: 2006
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  • Lotus Elise 1.8

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE SI 1999(S) NOW SOLD - ALWAYS LOOKING FOR LOTUS STOCK - PLEASE RING OR EMAIL. Registered 01/01/1999 Chassis: SCCGA111OXHC35021 SUPERB and TOTALY ORIGINAL OWNERSHIP: 2 owners and 13880 miles from new. Fully documented service history by main agent and YEARLY by ALDON Automotive since purchase in 2000. All handbooks. 2 keys. TAX November 2014. MOT October 2014. CAM BELT / BRAKE FLUID REPLACED within the last 30 miles. HISTORY: Sold new by Ryland Birmingham the original owner drove the car for the following 18 months. The 2nd owner bought in June 2000 and since purchased the car has lived in a garage under cover and been on trickle charge all its life. The car has never been out in the rain since then and comes complete with a fully documented history. EXTERIOR: Finished in New Lotus Yellow Pearlescent the paintwork is all original with no stress marks to the fiberglass bodywork. As befits a car that has been under cover for the last 14 years this has responded very well to a detailed valet exhibiting a lovely unfaded look and well polished lustre with just a small amount of chipping which would reasonably be expected. These have mostly been touched and

    • Year: 1999
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  • Lotus Elise 111S

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111S 2005(05) NOW SOLD - ALWAYS LOOKING FOR LOTUS STOCK - PLEASE CONTACT GILES. Registered 24/06/2005 169 BHP PIPER CAM CONVERSION HISTORY: 3 owners. 47500 miles. 13 stamps in the book + Full Documentation. Last serviced April 2016. 2 keys. MOT 13/04/2017. SERVICE HISTORY: 22/06/05 PDI 10/05/05 1030 27/06/06 2522 19/06/07 8508 10/06/08 17823 13/06/09 26887 09/04/10 33498 13/04/11 36866 13/03/12 39613 22/03/13 43048 12/04/14 44260 14/04/15 46137 11/04/16 47248 ENGINE @ 38968 miles Reset Cylinder liner heights Machine face of cylinder block Machine liner face recess Total: £2215 ENGINE @ 43848 miles PIPER 285 CAM CONVERSION KIT MLS HEAD GASKET Total: £5034 EXTERIOR: The Ardent Red paintwork is overall in very good order, unfaded with few chips to betray the age. There is a small amount of cosmetic rectification required mainly to the nose section which once completed would uplift the exterior condition to the highest standard. INTERIOR: Black perforated Leather seats and door panels. Full carpeting with grey piping to the front. Electric windows, radio/stereo. Not abused and well maintained with few signs of wear apart from some scuffing to the black

    • Year: 2005
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  • Lotus Elise 111R 16V TOURING

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111R SUPER TOURING 2006(06) NOW SOLD: ALWAYS LOOKING TO REPLACE LOTUS STOCK. PLEASE CONTACT GILES FOR A CHAT Chassis SCCPC11106HN31906 2006 Model Year HISTORY: 4 owners, 18835 miles from new. FULL SERVICE HISTORY with 8 entries in the book c/w invoice documentation. MOT 25/07/2015. 2sets of keys. Complete hand book pack. OWNERSHIP: Delivered new by Dick Lovett in Wiltshire to a local owner. One year later the car is resold to the next keeper from Hampshire who retains for the following 18 months. The 3rd owner motors on for just 9 months prior to the last purchasing via Stratstone in January 2010. A recent p/x with myself for a newer example completes the picture. SERVICE DETAILS: 10/07/2006 Dick Lovett. PDI 29/08/2006 Dick Lovett 1423 miles 18/10/2007 Dick Lovett 3092 24/10/2009. JCT 600 6854 20/01/2010 Stratstone 8665 23/03/2011 Castle Lotus 11971 06/07/2011 Castle Lotus 14694 26/07/2013 Castle Lotus 16648 (updated ECU) 25/07/2014 Castle Lotus 18244 ( 2 new rear Bilstein dampers) EXTERIOR: Looking simply beautiful in pearl SOLAR yellow the bodywork carries no damage of any sort with the original paintwork in very well polished condition with no scr

    • Year: 2006
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  • Lotus Elise 111S

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    Vehicle Information LOTUS ELISE 111S TOURING 2003(53) Registered 25/10/2003 Chassis: SCCJA11174HC70706 HISTORY: 2 owners. 44655 miles from new. FULL SERVICE HISTORY. 9 stamps in the book with the last a cam belt change performed less than 25 miles ago. Service documentation. MOT 02/2016 + history. 2 keys. Full book pack. OWNERSHIP: Sold new by Wilson’s Lotus to a gentleman from Norwich. 7 months later the second owner a lady from Ashford was bought the car as a wedding anniversary present and she kept the car for just under 11 years with her very recent sale as a result of non usage. EXTERIOR: Finished in ARDENT RED the paintwork is in fine condition with just a small amount of light chipping to the nose. No other marks are apparent to the bodywork which retains a very good original look together with a well polished finish. INTERIOR: The black leather perforated seats, door panels, door sill covers and alloy floor components are all in super clean non scuffed condition showing careful usage by the previous owners. As with the exterior the whole has been carefully looked after having been garaged for at least the last 11 years which when viewed is very evident. Lastly the insulat

    • Year: 2003
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