Not making any claims of wrongdoing, but do want any potential buyers to be aware of my findings on this car...
This car is currently on EBay for sale in Chicago. Lotus Elise | eBay
I exchanged messages with the owner who referred to the car as "him" because "he's part of the family" and is sad to have to sell. The fact is, it must have been love at first sight, since the car has the same mileage as it did when originally crashed in 2014.
If you do some research you'll find the car on eBay before, in CA, when it shows some minor damage. To save you time - here's the link : 2006 Lotus Elise 2DR Coupe | eBay
The current owner told me the rebuild was due to some small front end damage, and from the LA eBay post this all ties up, and so I was seriously thinking about a bid. Starting offer was $18,999 and no bids - a bargain if not too good to be true..
However, I've since confirmed that the car did originally have much more significant damage from the crash, including drivers door, front and rear clamshell, with possible frame dent amidships. The CA eBay posting seems to have taken the list of mods from the posting above on this thread, and you could suspect it was made to support a later "small front end damage" story. ( Why else would the car have been partially fixed ? It can't have been in a second accident as the car has covered no miles. )
I have no idea if the current owner knows the full history or not, hence I'm not claiming any wrongdoing. Just didn't want anyone here to get caught out...
Anyway, I'm out. I'll find another.. Never was sold on that fancy throttle by wire stuff anyway, so back to 2005...
Thanks to this forum for this thread which pointed me to the history..