Claim U.S.-Legal First-Gen Lotus Elise

Own an Original Lotus Elise with Integra Type R Power

Lotus was unsuccessful in getting the Series 1 Elise to hit the American market, yet Sun International, an independent firm, achieved this feat. To make sure the outstanding four-cylinder car met US standards, Sun International supplanted its initial the Rover K-Series powerplant with a notable 1.8 liters unit taken from the Acura Integra Type R. While there are but a few cars like this one, an example is presently on sale at Cars and Bids.

Specifically, this 1999 Elise 111S, with its silver painted five-spoke Rota wheels, is rather appealing in left-hand drive. According to the advertisement, the B18C engine and Honda gearbox were added in 2003 after the vehicle was imported into the U.S. in 2002. Lastly, it was lawfully registered in 2005 as a 2001 Sun International RS Spider.

The Honda motor is quite possibly a refinement over the fundamental Rover unit. That four-chamber motor was light and eager to rev, yet they’re slanted to consume gasket issues and extra parts are inconceivable to get in the U.S. Be that as it may, the B18C is dependable, much in the same vein as other Hondas, and with its 8400-rpm redline and VTEC cylinder head, a faultless counterpart for the blond Elise.

The original Series 1 Elise, smaller and lighter compared to the S2 which made its way to the United States in the year 2005, weighs under 1600 pounds. To my own view, it is more attractive as well. Though the putting in of the engine of the Integra does eat into the restricted trunk space that came with this Elise, you will probably not be buying a car of this type to carry out your day-to-day errands.

As a whole, the automobile exudes an excellent impression, with its sole recognizable defect being some shredding of the hard top’s fiberglass. (Additionally, a soft top is supplied.) It sits on coil suspension, and it is furthermore accompanied by a plethora of documented recent repairs.

Of course, with the initial examples being constructed in 1997, the S1 Elise is permitted to be imported into the United States at present. Yet it is highly implausible you’ll discover one abroad equipped with this impressive engine situated in the back. The public sale closes on January 11th, and we are very inquisitive to determine what it will go for.

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