It appears as if the time has come to find a new caretaker for my beloved 2005 Elise. I have owned it since new, having acquired it from Hunting Ridge Motors (Mark Starr) on 3/14/06. It has served, exceedingly well, as my faithful track car for almost ten years, including eighty-five track days, from 4/21/06 to 11/1/15. Yes, it has been driven hard, the way God and Sir Chapman intended. No, it was never "put away wet." It has been rigorously maintained over the years by Ferrari of Denver, T.J. Waszak, BOE Fabrication, Suspension Performance, InoKinetic and myself. It is heavily modified, with Phil and Andrew at BOE working their magic with the majority of the changes. As a result, it has served me exceedingly well as a purpose built tool for track days.
I'm aware that street cars modified for track use aren't popular with the general population (e.g. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2005-lotus-elise-22/
) and I know that if I want to maximize value that I should return it to as close to stock as practicable so as to appeal to as broad an addressable market as possible. While I have recently reverted a few items, including re-installing the original Sport Pack springs & shocks (that were originally removed in 2011 at 18k miles) and removing most of the vinyl graphics, I am, nevertheless, curious as to LT's opinion as to the vehicle's value as currently configured?
2005 Lotus Elise
Graphite Grey Lifestyle Paint, Hard Top, Sport Pack, Touring Pack, Star Shield
REV 300 TVS Lotus Supercharger https://www.boefab.com/collections/s...ant=4989928451
Phil posted my dyno charts in this thread after he tuned the car in 2013 https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/2576682-post74.html
DMC Ultimate 2ZZ Exhaust Header (black ceramic coated), ARP Exhaust Studs, BOE Silent Touch muffler, BOE Catch Can, GPAN2 Baffled Oil Pan, Circuit Worx Oil Pump Gears, Pro Alloy OE Replacement Radiator, Spal 9” Pulller Fan, BOE Pressurized Swirl Header Tank, BOE rear mounted oil cooler (original front oil coolers deleted), Canton Racing Products spin-on oil filter, Innovative front and rear engine mounts, Pro Alloy fourteen gallon fuel cell, Walbro GSS 341 Fuel Pump.
Original, open differential, transmission, ACT HDSS clutch, LETSLA precision shifter linkage (set to stock throw), Suspension Performance shift tower support, updated shift cables.
Wheels, Tires, Suspension
Original early black Sport Pack wheels (refinished), Toyo Proxes R888 195/50-16 & 225/45-17, Original sport package suspension with 18k miles, InoKinetic MONOball wishbone spherical bearings front and rear, Inokinetic Bullet Nose wheel stud kit, InoKinetic V2ARMS, front suspension uprights machined 0.100” (the combination of which allow up to approx -3.0° camber), Lotus Super Sport adjustable anti-roll bar and aluminum mounts, InoKinetic V2LINX adjustable anti-roll bar end links, Full Race BOELinks toe links.
InoKinetic Ultradiscs front & rear, BOE 2 Pot Caliper mod, Carbotech XP12 front and XP10 rear pads, BOE Stainless Steel Vented Race Caliper Pistons, stainless steel braided brake lines, Castrol SRF brake fluid.
Reverie Mulsanne C carbon fiber seats, InoKinetic Tallrails driver’s seat mount, Schroth Hybrid II 6-Point HANS harnesses (pull up lap belts), OE Lotus harness bar and mounting hardware, Reverie carbon fiber door panels, Works Bell Rapfix II quick release steering wheel hub, OMP Trecento Alcantara steering wheel, passenger side airbag delete, HVAC delete (windshield defrost functionality retained via 4” bilge blower), Battery kill switch with alternator protection, Braille B2015 front battery relocate (under fusebox), Halon handheld fire extinguisher and mount, TraqMate, InoKinetic Micro Mirror (black), BWR Unikey.
APR Performance carbon fiber front splutter, APR Performance carbon fiber canards, windshield wiper vertically clocked, carbon fiber Exige side scoops, BOE Tilting Clamhinge Kit, BOE Street Diffuser and diffuser brace / panel delete, HKFever Carbon Fiber Exige 2010+ carbon fiber wing element and OE uprights, InoKinetic RACESILLS (IMRP Side Sills), InoKinetic folding front tow hook, BBhook rear tow hook, vinyl side graphics, Stealth front turn signal bulbs.
From the Lotus Cars Certificate of Provenance:
The original body colour was Graphite Grey metallic, Lotus paint code B108. The interior was trimmed with black leather. Factory optional extras were: Lifestyle paint, hard top, sport pack and touring pack. The car also had the distributor optional Star shield installed at the port in the US. The car was signed from production on the 20th August 2005. The car was imported into the USA by Lotus Cars USA Inc. who would retain any further history. Their records show the selling dealer was Hunting Ridge Motor Sports in Port Chester, New York who sold the car to you in March 2006. The Elise was launched into the US market at the start of the 2005 model year, with the first 2 cars being used for engineering. The following is based on serial number sequence and data available to date for the USA market 2005 model year Elise only, of which there were 3323 cars in total; Your car is the 148th out of 151 cars in Graphite Grey, Your car is the 73rd out of 74 cars in Graphite Grey with black leather trim, Your car is the last out of 26 cars in Graphite Grey with black leather and the same factory options, if we include the distributor optional Star shield this reduces your car down to the last out of 15 cars. Graphite Grey was the 7th rarest colour out of the 16 colours available for the US 2005 Elise. The total US Elise production from 2005 to 2011 was 5206 cars with 4938 of them being normally aspirated.
Pics of some of the work available here:
So, please let me know your thoughts regarding valuation.
First pic below is the vehicle as currently configured. The other pics show the car with the previously installed graphics.