What do you suppose the result would be if you were to hand a go-kart over to some performance minded Brits from Lotus Cars (Norfolkers? Hehe, I think I just blushed saying that) who basically just want to go very fast and eat their Stiffkey Cockles out of the rain? Wonder no more.
While the 2005 Lotus Elise isn’t a go-kart, it’s size, weight, and handling are just about as close to one as you will get while at the same time keeping your undies dry and protected from the drizzle that blesses the English countryside…continually.
This Ardent Red over cream and black interior, one-owner example has only 12,830 miles on it, and has a 1.8 liter Toyota engine and drivetrain. Toyota reliability installed in an eccentric British pocket rocket? Now there’s a combination. It’s this combination that I suspect is behind the nearly non-existent depreciation for Elise’s in general.
I wish I had bought one in 2005, driven it for 14 years, and sold it for the same price I bought it for…or nearly so. Okay, okay, there’s the loss of the value of the dollar due to…ahem…“quantitative easing” but that’s totally worth the price of doing business for the fun you would have had in this speed buggy for all that time. (Even if it did cost you a turbo, a clutch, some injectors and some other bits and bobs, as noted below.)
To make your blast-off a bit quicker, this example has been professionally fitted with a Forcedfed turbo tuned for 8-10 lbs of boost, making the total output about 275 HP. An aftermarket clutch, a 265 lph fuel pump and 550cc injectors were also installed so as to properly accommodate the boost.
Consider this for a moment: This Elise weighs approximately 1000 pounds LESS than the Porsche Boxster of the same year, which had a flat-6 putting out about 280 HP. Do you think this car is quick. Um-yeah-uh.
This tiny but mighty spitfire has brand new Continental Extreme Contact Sport tires, which are wrapped around Rota Slipstream wheels. Also included in the sale is a removable black soft top and red hard top.
The seller states that the paint is perfect and has no body damage, and that everything on the car works, and has been recently serviced (oil change). The asking price on this well-maintained, clean-title-in-hand example is $36,900 and it is about as close to new as you are going to find in a used Lotus.
To contact the seller, click HERE to take you to the listing on craigslist.