I agree with you that the 05 will be the desired year. The 05 has the iconic pedals. These are the Al extrusions that were used on the S1 Elise but discontinued starting in 2006. For this reason, it will become more desirable in the future.
Along a similar vein, AR is a color that is neither unique nor rare. If rarity is what is driving you then I have a CO '05 that is a base car with wind-up windows for sale: HERE
AR is a cool color so I can't fault your choice!
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