EN­GINE 1796cc/4-cyl/DOHC POWER 118bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 122lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 126mph 0-60MPH 5.8sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 24-32mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, five-speed man­ual MoT 12 months on sale ODOMETER 33,048 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Classic Car For Sale - Chris Hope


In­sanely good fun! Being so low to the ground, ev­ery­thing is am­pli­fied, even with the hard-top in place. It hits 60mph seem­ingly in the blink of the eye with no grum­bles from the K-se­ries en­gine. Re­as­sur­ingly, the water tem­per­a­ture nee­dle re­mains res­o­lutely in the mid­dle of the gauge. Even mi­nor steer­ing in­puts gar­ner an in­stant re­ac­tion from the road wheels (ex­actly as it should be) and the clutch pedal re­quires only min­i­mal ef­fort, which, com­bined with short throws of the lever, al­lows for sharp, quick changes. The brakes are pow­er­ful and pro­gres­sive with no pulling and the ride is free from wor­ry­ing knocks and clunks.


The Nor­folk Mus­tard paint pos­i­tively gleams in di­rect sun­light – the over­all qual­ity is ex­cep­tional, though there are one or two touched-in stonechips. The de­sir­able match­ing hard-top is sim­i­larly splen­did, let down only slightly by a scuff on the off­side edge where it meets the top of the wind­screen sur­round. Smart 12-spoke black al­loys hide drilled brake discs and beefy calipers. There’s a mix of tyres, with Ad­van Neova 195/50 R15 rub­ber at the front and 225/45 R16 Yoko­hamas at the back, but all have plenty of tread left.


There’s not a lot in here, but what there is, is pris­tine. Scratches to the alu­minium pan­elling are min­i­mal and the dash­board plas­tics are scuff­free. Wear to the leather on the high-set sill ap­pears odd, but re­sults from the driver en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing. The ven­dor says it’s pos­si­ble to re­move the steer­ing wheel but we didn’t have chance to try it out. The leather on the bucket seats looks like it’s barely been sat on. The seats are sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able, too, de­spite the lack of cush­ion­ing and the fact that they’re bolted di­rectly to the floor.


Like the MGF with which this Elise shares its en­gine, ac­cess to the mid-mounted K-se­ries is ex­tremely lim­ited, not least be­cause it fights for space with the boot. There’s not much to see un­der the en­gine lid, then, but a quick poke around re­veals the cor­rect fluid lev­els, no signs of any leaks (a cruical con­sid­er­a­tion with this en­gine) and wiring and hoses that ap­pear to be in good con­di­tion.


This 17-year-old mod­ern clas­sic has be­longed to the same owner for the past 14 years. It has a fully-stamped ser­vice history through the sup­ply­ing dealer – the Lon­don Lo­tus Cen­tre – and Sur­rey Lo­tus spe­cial­ist, Bell and Colvill. The low-mileage is gen­uine and its con­di­tion is such that it im­presses, but not so much that the next owner would have to be pre­cious about how and when it is used.

EX­TE­RIOR Pop­u­lar colour Smart black al­loys IN­TE­RIOR Stereo present Scuffs to the sill leather ME­CHAN­I­CALS Free of clonks Strong per­for­mance PROS Low mileage, hard-top, history CONS Worn sill leather trim, some body flaws


Min­i­mal­ist in­te­rior looks original, with only mi­nor wear.

Ac­cess to the K-se­ries is tight, but it keeps its cool.

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