Used Car of the Day: 1997 Lotus Elise

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 1997 lotus elise

A bit late with UCOTD today, as I had other duties in the morning, but I'm making up for it with this unique choice: A 1997 Lotus Elise.


An S1 in Azure Blue, this baby has just 80K miles on the clock despite being a quarter-century old. It's been legally imported and has all the proper docs, including the U.K. title.

There's not much more to say, other than the price is $30K.

Oh, and it's right-hand drive. Go check it out.

[Images: Seller]

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Dec 01, 2022

    This chassis might make a good starting point for an electric roadster.

    • Azfelix Azfelix on Dec 02, 2022

      Include some red underwear and a built in flamethrower system and I would buy one.



  • Fred Fred on Dec 02, 2022

    I thought about trading my Elan for an Elise. I set a price of $25,000 but they never quite made it that low, except for some wrecked cars. I'm still happily driving the Elan

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Dec 05, 2022

      The S2000 defies all known laws of finance.


  • ToolGuy Cool.(ToolGuy supports technology advancement, as well as third-person references)
  • MaintenanceCosts Oddly enough, I bought a metal-roof convertible for a bit less than $20k last year. But it's not on your list; it's an E93 335i, manual, Sport package. Really really nice car to drive, and (while it's been a short time) it's been flawless so far.
  • FreedMike IS350 all the way. The Benz and the BMW are going to be money pits.
  • Zipper69 Make the cat an integral part of the underbody, that the exhaust system leads into and out of, keeping it away from the Sawzall.
  • Vap65689119 Buy the SC430
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