The car was ordered new in October 1998 from long established Lotus dealer Bell and Colvill, based in Surrey. This is confirmed with a letter confirming the order on file and the order form itself. Indeed, the original Elise brochure and price/ options list in a Bell and Colvill envelope also accompany the car. A further letter in April 1999 from the dealer confirms that production of the car is close and hence the final specification needed to be confirmed. As we can see the owner chose the lovely optional metallic colour Racing Green with the again optional red leather interior. Further options included the driving lights, alarm system, Momo steering wheel with quick release hub and radio fitting kit. This is all confirmed in the original invoice of the 18th August 1999, also on file.
The new owner took delivery of the car on the 20th August and covered just 280 miles before placing the little Elise in storage where it remained until 2014 when it was inherited by a family member. Following many years in hibernation the car was transported straight back to supplying dealer Bell and Colvill for a full inspection and major service covering all items, the invoice on file details this with C service, all fluids changed, belts, tyres and battery.
Following this work the car was lightly used on the odd dry summer day hence the mileage rose to just 1, 445 miles this year. Within the last 100 miles in December last year the car was sent to highly regarded Lotus specialist Hangar 111 for a further inspection and full service, again the invoice on file details this work which included new cam belt, water pump and fresh brake pads.
This is a chance to buy an effectively brand-new Elise Series with a great specification and lovely history. A really pure drive and great fun on the road, these early cars are becoming increasingly revered and collectible. It comes with the above-mentioned history, letters and invoices, original books in the correct wallet, workshop manual, tools, all keys and roof bag.
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