2005 Lotus Elise – 9K Miles / One California Owner!
Desirable & Rare Nightfall Metallic Blue / Blue Interior
Fully Documented Including Dealer Service Since New
Perhaps Road & Track said it best in their road test of the Lotus Elise when they exclaimed: “Spend a day of hard driving behind the wheel of an Elise and it all but ruins you for nearly every other sports car on earth.” So immediate are its reactions, so effortless its exertions that thinking and doing become one. Every steering, braking and throttle input is met with an instant and exact response. Nothing is lost in translation. There’s no waiting, no wondering, just doing. In comparison, most everything else feels imprecise, heavy and slow.”
This 2005 Lotus Elise was first sold in San Francisco, California by British Motor Cars on 12/24/04 from nearby Boardwalk Lotus (Boardwalk Auto Center, Inc.) and was the only owner/driver until 2/1/07, The Lotus has remained in California its entire life and is being sold only as a result of the dissolution of the owners estate.
The Lotus sold for $50,938.00 or a delivered price (including sales tax, license, registration and the service contract) of $57,205.10. Original delivery documents include the following:
– Original California Bill of Sale
– Service Contract (5 years or 60,000 miles)
– Agreement to Furnish Insurance
– Boardwalk Auto center Delivery Checklist
– Lotus Elise Owner’s Manual
– Blaupunkt LA MP72 Toronto MP73 Radio Manual
– Lotus Supplement to the Owner’ Manual
– Cobra Car Alarm Installation Confirmation Certificate
– Lotus Elise Maintenance Record Booklet
– Delivering Dealers Business Cards
The Elise was optioned with the Touring Package that added $1,350 to the cost of the Elise and included: leather seating and door panels, power windows, upgraded Blaupunkt, additional carpeting and sound deadening, improved top insulation, and an interior cargo net for storage.
Standard equipment for 2005 includes a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, power windows, power locks, alarm, and air conditioning.
The Lotus Elise is powered by a 1.8-liter all aluminum, DOHC, 16-valve, inline-four producing 190 hp @ 7,800 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed manual transaxle and weighing in at 1,975 the Elise has an excellent power to weight ratio with 0-60 mph times in the mid 4 second range, and quarter mile times of mid 13 seconds. However, what the Elise does best is offer a fun to drive experience that is matched by few sports cars. As Car & Driver said “It isn’t until you whirl the wheel of the car to which those numbers are attached that you realize what an incredible machine you’re piloting. It amazes like a Dwyane Wade drive to the hole; nothing should be able to move the way it does. It is, in short, breathtaking.”
The current mileage shows 9,969 miles and the Elise has no history of paint work, damage, and the original Star Shield “Clear Bra” remains in place. Copies of the clean Carfax report can be seen in the extensive photos of the Lotus. The car carries a clear, California title with not encumbrances and a five (5) page inspection by an independent mechanic (attached).
The file documents frequent servicing by the delivering Lotus dealer in the San Francisco Bay area and includes several completed Lotus service recalls. The Elise received a safety inspection and oil service within the past 250 miles and a smog check was completed on 11/15/20 at 9,864 miles. A current smog inspection will be provided to the cars new owner.
The Nightfall Blue Metallic Paint is in excellent condition as the detailed, close up photos indicate. A color coordinated dark blue interior is fitted and also remains in excellent condition. The car is reportedly free from any paintwork, touch up, accident damage, or significant imperfections. The car has its original Star Shield protective coating applied to the front, rear and side panels to protect it from paint damage. . .
The optional Touring Package on this car adds additional “comfort” items including: a padded and insulated black soft top, leather seats and door trim, additional sound deadening, an upgraded stereo system with iPhone connector, an interior stowage net behind the passenger seat, and black carpet floor mats with embroidered Elise logos. The interior on this Elise is in excellent condition with no wear on the seat bolsters and fee from the characteristic scrapes / scratches on the driver’s side door sill and trim.
Mechanically, in the most positive sense…no surprises. The car runs and drives “As-New.” It starts immediately with a push of the button, warms up immediately and shifts smoothly through all of the 6 gears. Braking is phenomenal as a result of the cars 4-wheel disc brakes and light weight. Steering is precise and the car stops and tracks straight and true. The parking brake is properly adjusted. The electrical system is fully functional including the key chain operated immobilizer, and all lighting systems, radio, and MP3 connection. Power windows operate as designed.
Several photographs of the underside can be seen in the gallery below. The original emissions equipment, aluminum under-trays, and suspension system with Bilstein shocks remain in place. The underside is incredibly clean, free from fluids and support that the Lotus has never seen rain.
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