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2002 Lotus Elise Series 2 111S


  • Low mileage example
  • Properly garaged over the years
  • Complete original condition
  • Original book pack with two sets of keys 

The Appeal

A step into the 21st century had been a bit traumatic for the original no-fills automaker, however Lotus stated that out-and-out performance was no longer enough for buyers looking for an Elise, it had to be dragged a little upmarket to keep appealing to the masses and not just the die-hard fans of the agile two-seater. These new luxuries allowed people to comfortably use their Elise on a daily basis (well, as comfortable as can be in an Elise). 
Thankfully these new additions would not spoil the excellent driving experience that the Elise would grant in its basic form, the reduction in noise from stones hitting the underside gave you a feeling you were in something a little more substantial. Handling remained unsurpassed and the steering remained precise, and it has levelled the playing field between it and the rival Vauxhall VX220 Turbo.
This particular 111S remained in its previous ownership for the last 15 years, and had been stored properly in a garage when not in use resulting in fabulous condition today. The car also carries with it the original booklets as well as a full service history and the original two keys - a no expense spared lifestyle with loving owners.

The History and Paperwork

  • Originally registered on the 5th of June 2002
  • Original booklets 
  • Complete service history
  • Matching numbers example
  • Previous owner kept the car for over 15 years
  • New cam belt fitted in June of 2022
  • MOT passed with no advisories, valid until March 2023
  • Desirable A/C model
  • Current custodian only selling the vehicle to fund a rare dream car of his
  • V5C present and in the current owners name  

The Interior

  • Black leather / grey fabric bucket seats in good condition
  • Leather and alcantara steering wheel in nice condition with no blemishes
  • Dashboard alcantara well maintained and in lovely shape
  • Door card plastics well kept
  • Original metal gear shifter with some gentle signs of wear
  • Some light shoe markings on the sill trims 
  • Carpets all remain in place in excellent condition
  • Gentle scratching on the passenger side foot rest as to be expected
  • Desirable air conditioning model with controls in the centre console
  • Alpine head unit
  • Overall very well maintained, the 111S additions make this one of the more upmarket Elise’s to be in 

The Exterior 

  • Cobalt Blue Metallic paint
  • All original specification
  • Original detachable soft top in lovely shape
  • Headlights free from damage and water ingress
  • Paintwork appears to be in well maintained condition with just some small stone chips up front
  • Original 111S decals on the front wings
  • Wheels all in stunning order with no curb markings, shod in Advan Neova AD07 tyres
  • Protective rear arch film still in great condition
  • Rear lights free from any damage
  • Lotus badging present on the rear bumper
  • 111S designation present on the rear window
  • Engine cover in fantastic shape
  • Bodywork all appears straight and true
  • Panel gaps are that of factory fitment

The Mechanics 

  • 1.8 litre VVC MG rover K-Series engine
  • Mid-engine layout
  • Rear wheel-drive configuration
  • Manual transmission
  • 158bhp power output
  • 772kg unladen weight providing outstanding power to weight performance
  • Complete service history with specialist garages
  • Excellently maintained throughout its ownerships
  • Completely original with no modifications
  • Outstanding mechanical performance with an unrivalled driving experience
  • Cam belt changed as of June 2022


It’s rare you find a well looked after, early Series 2 pop up, never mind a 111S model with all the bells and whistles to make your driving experience that bit more enjoyable. The added sound dampening, air conditioning, and general niceties certainly did not dampen the character of the Elise, it just makes you want to drive it every single day.
This low mileage example has been put on the market with a heavy heart, however the owner must see it gone due to chasing his dream vehicle which has been offered. It will make an absolutely fantastic roadster for anyone in the market - we certainly wouldn’t mind it.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2002
  • Make Lotus
  • Colour Cobalt Blue
  • Odometer 34,700 Miles
  • Engine size 1796
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Leatherhead
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom

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