Lotus Elise S1 1998 Ruby Red (~150bhp) (1998)




Maintained thoroughly. 295mm AP brakes, GAZ dampers, KR1 head, PH2 cams and more. Many Lotus standard features maintained. Southampton/Tonbridge.
Owned by me since November 2007 and for the first 2 years a daily drive then becoming more of a weekend/track car which it is perfectly suited for. Over the last 4 years it has spent more time inside than I would like only due to other car related projects. I'm not using it enough to justify keeping anymore so I'd like it to be appreciated by someone else.
As I was using this car frequently, traveling into Europe and some track time I have always made sure the car was completely reliable. Pretty much everything that’s likely to wear or cause a problem has been replaced at some point. Mechanically this is a very sound car.  
Engine has always been strong. Always made good power, 135bhp after the head-work. I've not put it on the rollers since fitting cams but it pulls very well, estimate 150. Brakes are awesome.  
Compete disclosure. The paintwork does need attention, it is in need of a repaint. Noise,  the coolant pipe in the N/S sill klonks occasionally. Interior shows some wear. Red soft-top is tired.  
I have a record of just about everything I've done or was given previously.  
I'm (the car is) based in Southampton but I work in Tonbridge so viewings are available there.  
Large diameter throttle body
Hurricane enclosed cotton air filter
Piper 4-2-1 stainless manifold  
2ubular 7" back box.  
Minister Power lightweight flywheel  
Pressure Relief Remote Thermostat 87C (95000mi)
Sabre Heads KR1 port and polish (95000mi)
Newman PH2 cams and vernier pulleys (106000mi)
Alpha 3.5bar fuel pressure regulator
Carbone Lorraine RC5 all-round.
AP 295mm big brakes from Elise Shop (108000mi)
EBC Rear discs (119000mi)
Braided brake lines
Harness bar and eyes for crotch straps
GAZ Gold Pro dampers
Elise Parts rear toe-link kit
Braided clutch line & reinforced slave cylinder bracket
Flat "board" style splitter
160 style spoiler with risers
Short/quick gear lever
All body bolts are stainless
Headlight covers
Cat is currently fitted, de-cat pipe available  
Original seats with discrete hole for 6-point harness strap in the base
Original soft top
Shower cap
Original steering wheel
Original gear knob
Kenwood radio with iPod classic input and remote control
Original AWI wheels currently in gold
Bag style boot (early type)
Clutch master cylinder
Steering UVs
New gear selector cables and linkage at 90000mi
Master cylinder 91000mi
Full suspension refresh at 93000mi
Bottom end engine rebuild (main and b/e bearings, water pump, oil pump inspected, seals and gaskets)  at 95000mi
New hydraulic lifters at 95000mi
Injector refurbish and new fuel filter at 95000mi
New alternator at 95000mi
New spark plugs at 97000mi
New ignition coil at 98000mi
Coolant expansion tank at 98000mi
New mail engine mount at 98000mi
Cambelt (wide type) and tensioner at 99000mi
Front brake calliper seals replaced at 108000mi
New OW HT leads, dizzy cap and rotor arm 109000mi
New heater matrix at 101000mi
Younger (~35k mile) gearbox fitted at 120000 mi
Radiator fan and radiator bleed pipe at 120000mi
New aerial
Heat shielding under boot and engine firewall refreshed and replaced where necessary
Boot tray rivets replaced with new
Last oil/filter service (always Silkolene/Fuchs Pro S 10W50) at 120081mi  
MOT'd September 2016 120857mi – no advisories.  
Hard top will not be included in this sale.
Gauges near the interior light have been removed.

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  • Mileage: 121,000
  • Year: 1998
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red


  • Engine layout: Mid Engined
  • Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
  • Engine size (Litres): 1.8
  • Engine configuration: 4 cylinder
  • Cylinder layout: Inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine power (BHP): 118
  • Torque (lbs/ft): 122
  • Top speed (MPH): 126
  • Acceleration: 0 to 62 in 5.9 seconds
  • Fuel consumption (MPG): 39.4
  • Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive

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