Used Car of the Day: 2008 Lotus Elise California SC

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

It's so cold outside that I've started Zillowing homes in Florida. And with certain exceptions, I don't much like Florida. Well, I can at least look at convertibles and dream of warmer weather. Such as this 2008 Lotus Elise.

For $47,500, this Elise has an upgraded suspension, brakes, and rotors. It also has some minor cosmetic blemishes and is on its third owner. The Vermont-based seller calls it a 7/8 out of 10.

I call it a nice reminder that summer does exist.

[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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  • Vap65689119 Vap65689119 on Dec 25, 2022

    Buy an SC430 for less than 1/3

    • VoGhost VoGhost on Dec 26, 2022

      Or buy an SC430 and also a manual SC300, and still save $.

  • JMII JMII on Dec 27, 2022

    I got my C7 Z51 for less then this and I guarantee its more comfortable and usable while still be quicker around a track.

    And living in FL I can assure you a Lotus is NOT the car you want down here because our roads here are flat and straight thus you would never really get to enjoy it.

  • Lou_BC Maybe if I ever buy a new car or CUV
  • Lou_BC How about telling China and Mexico, we'll accept 1 EV for every illegal you take off our hands ;)
  • Analoggrotto Level 50 Trolling at it's finest. Well done.
  • Lorenzo The unspoken killer is that batteries can't be repaired after a fender-bender and the cars are totaled by insurance companies. Very quickly, insurance premiums will be bigger than the the monthly payment, killing all sales. People will be snapping up all the clunkers Tim Healey can find.
  • Lorenzo Massachusetts - with the start/finish line at the tip of Cape Cod.