Less than 2,000 miles since new! Celebrity provenance!
The Lotus Elise was introduced to the world in 1996 by British manufacturer Lotus Cars. Named for Elisa Artioli, the granddaughter of Lotus and Bugatti chairman Romano Artioli, this mid-engined rear-wheel-drive two seat roadster featured a fiberglass body over a chassis made of bonded extruded aluminum which created an extremely rigid platform while at the same time keeping weight and production costs to a minimum.
Power came via a naturally aspirated 1.8L engine displacing 120 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission provided power to the rear wheels. The Series I Elise, produced from 1996 through 1999, was well-received in European markets. Capable of a top speed of 150 mph and a 0-60 mph time clocked at 5.8 seconds thanks to a curb weight of just under 1,600 pounds, the Elise was also a nimble machine in corners thanks to a low center of gravity.
Lotus faced a significant challenge at the new millennium approached with the Elise, as the Series I failed to meet new European safety standards due to be implemented in 2001 and the company lacked the necessary capital to fund the redesign costs. Asa a result, the company entered into a partnership with General Motors who provided the needed funding in exchange for the rights to sell a rebadged and GM-powered version for their European brands Opel and Vauxhall.
The Lotus Elise Series II rode on a modified version of the Series I aluminum chassis that met the new safety requirements and was powered by the same naturally aspirated 1.8L powerplant from the Series I. The body was the first vehicle in the Lotus line to be designed on a computer. It was introduced to the public in October of 2000.
Lotus exported the Series II Elise to many countries but the car was not available to customers in North America until the introduction of the Federal Elise in the summer of 2004 as a 2005 model. While the car did not fully meet the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration bumper and headlight regulations, the NHTSA granted Lotus a three-year waiver to bring the car into compliance.
Power for the US version came from a 190 HP 1.8L DOHC Toyota engine with a Yamaha-designed two cam head featuring variable timing on both the intake and exhaust sides. A Toyota six-speed manual transmission was used to transfer power to the rear wheels. The new drivetrain combination dropped 0-60 time by almost a second over the Series I cars.
Production of the US model Elise came to a close in the 2011 model year when waivers allowing the car to be sold in the country expired and were not renewed. A total of 6,325 units of the US version were sold between the 2005 and 2011 model years with the first year (2005) accounting for just over half that number (3,321 units).
Evergreen Digital Showroom offers this excellent example of a 2005 Federal Elise for sale. This car is one of the lowest-mileage 2005 Elise models available for sale in the United States with just under 1,800 miles showing on the odometer. Additionally, this vehicle has significant celebrity provenance as it was originally purchased by famed Branson (MO) entertainer Shoji Tabuchi, one of the pioneers in developing the Ozarks entertainment mecca who has performed before millions of people over the past four decades.
This absolutely stunning car, one of 277 sold in Arctic Silver, is in showroom condition. The black leather interior provides a crisp contrast to the bright silver livery. The driveline features the 1.8L naturally aspirated DOHC engine and six-speed manual transmission. The vehicle has been a part of the present owner’s portfolio for eight years and has been stored during that time in a humidity-controlled environment.
Offered at $52,500, this is undoubtedly one of the lowest mileage examples of a US legal Elise available anywhere! Do not miss out on this opportunity to put this rare 2005 Lotus Elise in your collection! For additional information, contact Evergreen Digital Showroom sales manager Steve Russell at 417-532-8000.
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