20th Oct, 2022 15:00

The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 303

2005 Lotus Elise 111R

Sold for £19,688

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: DK55 ETA
Chassis No: SCCPA11175HC34896
MOT: February 2023

  • Current (third) registered keeper since 2009
  • Desirable Toyota 1.8 litre VVTi engined variant with scintillating performance (claimed 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds and 150mph)
  • Specified from new with the optional Touring Pack for greater usability
  • Original book pack and service book to confirm recorded mileage of 54,700

‘The marriage of Toyota's VVTi engine to the Lotus's chassis is a fine one. With 190bhp and a slick gearbox, it's the best Elise yet’ (Auto Express, February 2004)

Notable as the first Lotus Elise to be sold in America, the 111R was launched at the 2004 Los Angeles Auto Show and powered by a more emissions compliant Toyota 1.8 litre engine allied to six-speed manual transmission. Housed in a bespoke subframe, the incoming powerplant featured a Yamaha-designed DOHC cylinder head, variable valve timing and a carefully remapped ECU. Credited with developing 189bhp and 138lbft of torque, the 111R was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and 150mph. Equipped with servo-assisted ABS brakes as standard, customers could pay £1,995 extra for a Touring Pack that transformed the car’s usability courtesy of better sound insulation, carpet, electric windows, uprated stereo and full leather or Alcantara upholstery.

Finished in the striking combination of Saffron Yellow with Black leather upholstery, this particular example was supplied new by Christopher Neil Ltd of Northwich complete with the desirable Touring Pack. Serviced at 1,210, 8,125, 17,300, 20,336, 26,984, 29,928, 37,975, 44,519 and 52,796 miles, ‘DK55 ETA’ currently shows a warranted 54,700 miles to its odometer. Acquired by its last (third) registered keeper during March 2009, the Elise proved a reliable companion. Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the two-seater provides a notably engaging driving experience. Indeed, it still feels capable – in the best Lotus tradition – of showing a clean pair of heels to far more exotic machinery on the right road. The soft-top is in good order and the presence of factory stickers within the rear boot compartment reassuring. Interestingly, it appears that the DVLA’s listing for the Lotus Elise 111R (Touring) amounts to just 317 cars. Offered for sale with original book pack, V5C Registration Document, two keys and assorted paperwork.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: The Fast Road Sale @ Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

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