26th Apr, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 45

1998 Lotus Elise S1
One owner and 22,000 miles from new

Sold for £22,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: S163 TRJ
Chassis No: SCCGA1114WHC34758
MOT: November 2023

  • Warranted 22,000 miles from new
  • One lady owner from new and offered directly from said ownership
  • Highly original, still boasting all its factory paintwork
  • Stamped service book and additional service invoices documenting regular service history
  • Supplied new by Kinsey Jones Ltd Lotus/Maserati of Bury

Introduced at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Lotus Elise was a driver’s car par excellence. A paragon of lightness, agility and responsiveness, the newcomer utilised a bonded extruded aluminium chassis clad with fibreglass body panels. Mid-mounted and allied to the five-speed manual transmission, its 1.8 litre K-Series engine produced a modest 118bhp and 122lbft of torque. However, with a kerb weight of just 725kg the two-seater was capable of 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and over 120mph. Able to glide over a broken British B-road in typical Lotus fashion, the Elise did without power steering, ABS or traction control and was all the better for it. Early models featured Metal Matrix Composite (MMC) brake discs which not only minimised unsprung weight but also provided great feel. Enthusiasts are already seeking out Series 1 cars (especially MMC equipped examples) as representing the purest incarnation of the Elise; a trend which seems bound to continue.

Manufactured in 1998, the Series 1 Elise offered was purchased new by the vendor from Kinsey Jones Ltd Lotus/Maserati of Bury, being registered new 30th of November 1998. Having just one lady owner from new (although registered in her husband’s name), the Lotus has been coveted, covering a minimal 22,000 warranted miles from new. Presented in the handsome colour combination of New Aluminium Silver with Black leather interior upholstery, and a complementing Red hood, the highly original Lotus boasts all of its factory paintwork. Passionate about the Elise, she has had it serviced regularly, with sixteen services documented across the original stamped service book and further invoices in the history file, with ‘S163 TRJ’ only being serviced by Kinsey Jones, Gordon Lamb Lotus and Steve McKie Sports Cars.

Starting readily and running well during our recent photography session, the Elise has benefitted from a cambelt change less than 1,000 miles previous by Steve McKie Sports Cars, with some £776 worth of expenditure at Steve McKie in 2021, including a new stainless steel exhaust silencer. The accompanying history file contains the original bookpack with handbook, dealer directory and the aforementioned service book presented in the Lotus wallet, a large collection of invoices, over twenty MOT certificates including a no advisory MOT until November 2023 and a current V5C document showing no former keepers. Only coming to sale due to health constraints, this low mileage, one-owner Elise S1 has much to recommend it and would be a fantastic addition to a marque collection.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Engine: 'Excellent'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: 'Very Good'
Transmission: 'Excellent'
Interior Trim: 'Very Good'

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Apr, 2023

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