BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

This post was originally published on this site

This 2005 Lotus Elise is finished in Bordeaux Red Pearl over Biscuit upholstery and shows 45,866 miles. The car was purchased new from Lotus of Denver, and the seller acquired it in May 2017. Power comes from a Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter VVTi inline-four paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. Factory options include the Sports and Touring Packs plus Star Shield paint film, and modifications consist of Mishimoto HID headlamp bulbs, an aftermarket head-unit, Focal speakers, and a welded radiator for better cooling. 81 pages of maintenance records document service history from new. This Lotus is now being offered with its window sticker, factory promotional materials, a clear Carfax, and a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.

Bordeaux Red Pearl was only offered on the US-spec Elise for the 2005 model year. According to the seller, 205 examples were produced and 95 had a Biscuit interior. In August 2006 the left quarter panel was scraped in a parking lot. The damage was professionally repaired, and the left-rear wheel was replaced for cosmetic reasons at the same time.

BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

In May 2011 the original owner had the Star Shield on the rocker panels replaced and the front lower lip refinished. Current exterior flaws include a few scrapes on the front lower lip, a scratch on the right-hand side of the rear bumper, rock chips on the nose, a light scrape on the passenger-side of the windshield, and road rash on the rear rocker panels as shown below. The seller states that the rockers could use new paint protection film as well.

BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

The factory Sports Pack includes twin front-mounted oil coolers, a stiffer suspension system, stickier tires, and lightweight split-spoke forged aluminum wheels. A new right-front oil cooler grille was recently fitted. New Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tires were installed on April 24, 2018, and each corner is highlighted in the photo gallery below.

BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

This Lotus features Biscuit upholstery and the Touring Pack, which includes electric windows, additional sound insulation, perforated leather on the seats and shift boot, a full carpet set, and an interior stowage net. The aftermarket stereo head unit and Focal speakers are shown in the gallery.

BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

Per the seller, the driver’s seat belt is missing its upper-hinge cover. 7,693 miles have been added since May 2017, and the digital odometer currently shows 45,866 miles.

BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

The Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter VVTi inline-four produced 190 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 133 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm when new. Prior to purchasing the vehicle, the seller had an inspection performed at Concours Cars of Colorado, and a few minor mechanical items were addressed. In December 2017 the ECU was re-programmed to correct fault codes, which have not returned. 81 pages of service records are included and show the car being serviced by Lotus of Denver through 38k miles.

A cold-start video can be viewed above.

BaT Auction: 2005 Lotus Elise

The accident-free Carfax reports two owners with registration in Colorado and Texas. A driving video including engagement of the high-rev camshaft is shown below:

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: