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

  • Fatima Too much engine noise so good !
  • Fatima so good . thanks
  • Fred @jalop1991 Honda CR-v vs Sport Hybrid $4500 price difference, 13,500 miles per year, $5 gas. Break Even 8.1 years $563 savings in gas/yearIn any case I'll be buying a low mileage used car to get something nicer. I won't say no to a hybrid, but for me the money just isn't there.
  • Aja8888 TRUE STORY!I'm retired and a widower. My next door neighbor (female) is a widow also. She has a well off son (lawyer) who came by yesterday to borrow her car to go to a funeral in Waco, TX. We are in Houston. He came to her house in his $120,000 Mercedes EV (Wow! nice car). He told her he didn't want to drive to Waco in it because he was unsure (or worried) that he wouldn't find a charging station and if he did, he would waste time he doesn't have.His Mom told me she thinks he is a fool to piss away that kind of money on a car he is afraid to take on a trip! His Mom is a smart lady.
  • Kwik_Shift The US auto manufacturers will all die off w/in 10 years. Union demands, employee retirement costs added to each vehicle, underbuilt and over-priced, shareholders greed. The industry is in a death spiral.