Used Car of the Day: 2005 Lotus Elise

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Want to own a low-mileage Lotus? Now you can. This 2005 Lotus Elise has just 19K miles on the clock.

It has Bemani supercharger, though the supercharger is apparently inoperable at the moment. The car runs and drives, the supercharger is just being bypassed.

There are minor cosmetic flaws and the hardtop is missing the headliner.

Modifications include a harness bar and race harnesses, XXR wheels, carbon-fiber wing, carbon-fiber cooling duct with scoop, upgraded cam, custom titanium intake, custom stainless steel exhaust headers, detachable steering wheel, and more.

The ask is $32,000.

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[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Dec 06, 2023

    So when the toyota 2ZZ engine is mounted in the Fwd Celica GT-S the YAMAHA casting on the head is prominent but it becomes hidden in the MR configuration on the Lotus cars. You have to pull out the passenger's side rear fender liner to see it.

  • Sobro Sobro on Dec 06, 2023

    My guess is it's just a plain scam.

    Very few pictures? Check

    Price too good to be true? Check

    Enough "real car" info to convince the gullible it's a real car? Check

    Weird story as to its provenance and location? Check

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