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2004 Lotus Elise 111S

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  • Mileage~21,500
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine1.8-litre
  • LocationCambridge


2004 Lotus Elise 111S

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Andrew Taylor
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Owners loved their early Elises, so much so that there was demand for a version that kept the raw agility of the original, but added some concessions to daily use - enter the 111S.

The Lotus Elise very quickly become synonymous with raw agility based on low weight and moderate power in the best traditions of the "add lightness" Champman ethos. The original models were almost entirely devoid of refinements that drivers of even the mid 1990's had become accustomed to. Consequently when the Series 2 Elise arrived in 2000, plans were already afoot to address this untapped potential in the Lotus range.

The Elise 111S was Lotus's answer. Still adhering very closely to the track car DNA of the Elise, the 111S added refinements such as carpets, additional sound deadening, central locking and sun visors to the recipe. Air conditioning was even available as an option for goodness sake!

Diehards were still well catered for, however - the venerable VVC K-Series 1.8L powerplant behind the driver's head was good for 156bhp and 0-60mph in a whisker over 5 seconds.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Andrew after meeting Dinan the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

We were looking for a Lotus Esprit but this 10 month old Elise 111S turned our heads instead and seventeen years later, we are delighted with the decision we made.

Dinan and his wife have enjoyed their Elise 111S to the max and made some life-long memories in the process. A spirited trip to the Ardennes Forest to watch the Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps being chief among them. Over the years the car has become very much one of the family and used regularly during the summer months. It is only the arrival of a classic transaxle Porsche that has prompted the sale of this beautifully maintained Elise.

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It is easy to see that this Elise has spent its life garaged and regularly cleaned and polished - it positively glows in the sunlight.

Wheels and Tyres

The 16 inch, eight spoke Lotus alloy wheels appear in pristine condition and have been the subject of a recent refurbishment. It shows. Some of the centre caps have lost their logo definition a little, but this is a very easy fix.

The Bridgestone Portenza 175/55 tyres all exhibit good tread levels and we estimate they are at around half way through their life or less.


The bodywork appears unmarked and devoid of scrapes, bumps or dents. Doors close positively and panel gaps are tight and even.

Please avail yourselves of our extensive photographic package to satisfy yourselves as to the presentation of this car.


The metallic silver paintwork isn't unmarked but it is very good indeed for a 2004 car that rides so low to the ground. There are a few small stone chips to the nose and a small pea sized chip to the driver's side rear arch. However, they need seeking out and the general impression of the paint is a very positive one as seen in the photograph and videos.

The media gallery is available for you below to see the condition of the paint for yourselves.

Glass and Trim

Glass and trim all appears unchipped, clear and devoid of delamination, contamination or any other issues.


The handful of refinements offered by the 111S are very effective - this cabin is an object lesson in being sports orientated with some useful nods towards comfort.

Seats and Carpets

The leather seats look in great condition, entirely in-keeping with the low mileage of the car. The carpets are similarly well presented and make a surprisingly big impact on the more refined ambiance of the 111S. We invite you review the interior media gallery to appreciate the condition of the interior.


On our short drive all gauges, switches and controls appeared to work as expected. This is a very well maintained car with a diligent owner, so that comes as no surprise. Please have a look at 'on the road video' to see the controls in action.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

An appealingly chunky sports steering wheel with a perforated leather boss dominates a quite basic instrument binnacle.

All contact-points within the cabin appear to be in excellent condition.


Nearly 160bhp in less than 900KG of Lotus never fails to leave a lasting impression.

Engine and Gearbox

A combination of less than 22,000 miles and annual servicing by Lotus specialists makes for a very mechanically sound package. As you will see from the cold start video, and it was a cold morning, the car leaps into life without a trace of smoke.

The gears appeared to be slick and progressive during our short trip in the car and the owner attests to the car being very mechanically sound.

Suspension and Brakes

The car pulls up square and true under braking and the suspension feels firm and devoid of unwanted knocks.

The Drive

The essence of the Elise experience is agility and speed in a compact and analogue package. This Elise is a perfect exponent of that ethos and its turn of speed and engaging character is not soon forgotten.

Electrics and Other

Elises tend to be mostly devoid of complex electrical systems. The 111S does, however, have electric windows and central locking both of which work effectively. The car also features a Blaupunkt Lausanne CD player which the owner says works very well.

History and Paperwork

As you can see there is an extensive archive of paperwork to accompany this car - this attests to the car being, surely, one of the best maintained examples available today.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
25.01.21 Service + Brake Fluid 21,356
13.01.21 MOT 21,356
31.01.20 Service 21,202
30.01.20 MOT 21,213
28.01.19 MOT 21,107
31.01.19 Service + Belts 21,099
25.01.18 MOT 20,937
15.01.18 Service 20,937
11.01.17 MOT 20,656
10.01.17 Service 20,647
02.02.16 MOT 20,283
01.02.16 Service 20,278
14.01.15 MOT 20,046
14.01.15 Service 20,042
07.01.14 MOT 19,623
07.01.14 Service 19,623
25.01.13 Service 19,241
24.01.13 MOT 19,241
12.01.12 Service 19,086
10.01.12 MOT 19,086
08.02.11 Service 18,668
27.01.11 MOT 18,668
30.01.10 Service 18,461
22.01.10 MOT 18,461
16.01.09 Service 16,969
14.01.09 MOT 16,972
22.02.08 MOT 14,347
11.01.08 Service 14,314
22.02.07 MOT 12,679
10.10.06 Service 12,369
11.10.05 Service 10,748
07.10.04 Service 6,820
11.02.04 Service 1,132
Key Details
  • ModelElise 111S
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. DateJanuary 2004
  • CC1796cc
  • Mileage~21,500
  • HistoryExcellent
  • ColourMetallic Silver
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather and Alcantara
  • Chassis #SCCJA11174HN71148
  • Engine #18K4KP44123032
  • Matching #sYes
  • Last Service2021
  • RestoredNo
  • Engine RebuildNo
  • MOTYes Exp. 01.02.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers1
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandBridgestone
  • Security SysImmobiliser
  • # of KeysTwo
  • Brake LifeGood
  • BrakesGood
  • CO2 (g/km)163
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned17 years
  • Key FeatureExcellent maintenance record

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£20,500 bid by paul4 18.11.2021 @ 19:21:25
£20,000 bid by BESCLotus 18.11.2021 @ 19:21:12
£19,500 bid by paul4 18.11.2021 @ 19:20:48
£19,000 bid by BESCLotus 18.11.2021 @ 19:20:30
£18,500 bid by amj 18.11.2021 @ 19:19:58
£18,000 bid by paul4 18.11.2021 @ 19:05:02
£17,500 bid by amj 18.11.2021 @ 18:57:32
£17,000 bid by paul4 18.11.2021 @ 18:46:53
£16,500 bid by Motorkev 18.11.2021 @ 18:46:14
£16,000 bid by paul4 18.11.2021 @ 17:55:10
£15,000 bid by amj 18.11.2021 @ 13:43:42
£11,500 bid by Motorkev 18.11.2021 @ 13:37:28
£11,000 bid by amj 18.11.2021 @ 13:35:23

Hi there,

A few questions about your Elise:
1. Is there a hardtop roof for the car?
2. Any reactions or blistering in the paintwork? By the look of things, the nose cone in particular needs a respray.
3. How does the car drive?
4. Any faults on the car at all?

If there is any further information you can provide it would be very much appreciated.


No hard top included in the sale (though available separately) – no other issues that I’m aware of that you mention but please review the photos and videos to come to own view

£10,000 bid by elf63 12.11.2021 @ 20:23:25

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