1999 Lotus Elise


  • Offered for sale by its original owner of 24 years
  • Just 39,904 miles from new
  • The vendor assures us that the car has maintained full service history from just two Lotus garages
  • Hardly used since its full service carried out approximately one year ago

The Appeal

If you want to understand what makes a British sports car great, owning a Series 1 Lotus Elise certainly makes things a lot clearer. Weighing in at under 750 kilograms, the svelte and nimble Elise proved the perfect accompaniment to a sinuous B-road and they remain very popular amongst committed driving enthusiasts.

This example was bought new by the vendor back in 1999 and they used it as their daily driver for the best part of a decade. After their daily routine changed, it was stored under a cover until last year when it was treated to a full service and some renovation work in readiness for sale. With just  39,904 miles on the odometer and an MOT until May 2024, this Elise is ready for its second owner.

The History and Paperwork

  • Acquired new by the vendor in 1999
  • V5C present
  • Accompanied by numerous invoices from Bell & Colvill for past servicing
  • Last year’s servicing invoice is dated 13/09/2022 and amounts to £4,194.54
  • Stored under a cover on the vendor’s driveaway for a number of years
  • Reportedly benefits from full service history, all from just two Lotus garages

The Interior

  • Removable Momo wheel - for easy access and also a great security feature
  • Very spartan in order to save weight
  • No carpets and little in the way of soft furnishings
  • Sculpted buckets seats in reasonably good order for their age with a little wear to the upholstery
  • The driver’s side upholstered door sill is quite worn in places
  • No evidence of UV damage to the dashboard or plastics
  • We understand all to be in good working order
  • Tactile polished gear knob
  • Some wear to the aluminium pedals

The Exterior 

  • Elegant Julian Thompson design
  • Handsome silver paint scheme which is now a little worn along the wing tops
  • Canvas roof in good condition, with just a few marks
  • Straight bodywork with no signs of accident damage
  • The underside presents well, with some light surface corrosion to a few components
  • Some stone chips to the front end
  • All the OEM alloys wheels present well, with only light kerbing
  • The stone chip shields have deteriorated somewhat with age

The Mechanics 

  • 1.8-litre Rover K-series four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Last submitted for a major service in September 2022 and seldom used since
  • The engine compartment would benefit from a thorough clean
  • Said to be running and driving impeccably with no faults to report


The Elise is one of Lotus’ greatest hits and early examples such as this are increasingly sought after amongst collectors. This one owner car represents an excellent opportunity to acquire a low mileage example with well documented history. It’s the perfect candidate to enjoy as is or become the basis for some cosmetic improvements.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1999
  • Make Lotus
  • Model Elise
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 39,904 Miles
  • Engine size 1796
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids from 3 bidders
  • AndyGF4•••• £9,500 22/09/23
  • sean-bi•••• £9,300 21/09/23
  • sean-bi•••• £6,700 21/09/23
  • AJDL198•••• £500 21/09/23

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