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This car is one of 65 original Motorsport Elises. Originally built as a center steer car and converted to RHD. The car was originally built for the Autobytel race series and later converted for street use. It has only 3832 miles and a very low mile( approx 350 miles from new not rebuilt) 190HP VHPD engine. Extras include factory roll cage and five point racing belts and comes with a set of spare Yokohama tires and a spare gearbox, also included is a new full length duct motorsport roof and matching engine cover. This car was imported as a competition car and is not licensed for the street. The car is for sale for considerably less than other advertised Motorsport Elises because it no longer has a full racing engine and suspension.( not that the VHPD and present suspension aren't very capable!) The car has been converted for track day and limited street use.( I use it occasionally on the street with a trip permit) This is a former race car but it still a true Motorsport Elise with chassis and identity that has been verified by Lotus. The car is unique and I think a historic piece of Lotus Elise history. Documentation and more pictures available Located in Seattle. $25,000 ***SOLD***
 

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Motorsport Elises were the predecessors to the Exige so it may look like an Exige but it's a Motorsport Elise. Rare beast.
 

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It's converted for street use, but not licensed. So is it street legal?
 

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I can vouch that this car is the real deal. I am in a club with John and have seen the car at numerous events. It looks fantastic in person and is a motorsport elise.

For those that don't know the difference, notice the brake ducts aft of the front wheels, the antenna on the roof, and the "vents" on the engine cover.
 

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OK - I have a S1 Exige direct from Lotus, so I do know what I'm talking about. This looks like an Exige with a Motorsport boot cover and decals.

Why does this car have an Exige rear wing?

Why does the car have a radio antenna and Exige roof scoop?

Exige wheels?

Exige front splitter?

190 VHPD vs 205hp variant that actually came in the Motorsport Elise?

So - are you telling me that someone took a Motorsport Elise and stripped off all the body work and put Exige body work on it?

Couple of questions that could help answer this.

1. Does the car have 4-piston calipers up front - my Exige even had the Motorsport brakes fitted at the factory.
2. Does the car have an emergency brake?
3. Does the car have Suspension Dynamics 2-way dampers? My car even has these (as found stock on a Motorsport car).
4. Does the car have a full Stack unit?
5. Whats the VIN?
6. Is it really a full roll cage? or just a roll bar?
 

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The car has been VIN verified by Lotus as a Motorsport car. Most of it's original track equipment was replaced when it was converted for street use.The roll cage is original motorsport. Also included with the car is a long duct motorsport roof and matching engine cover. I'd be happy to send more pics and documentation if you are interested( or just curious), my email is [email protected]
 

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Stunning looking car. Too bad it was changed from the center driving position. I always thought that was cool.

Good luck with your sale.
 

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I enjoy the right hand drive too. The problem with the center steer was that you had to have an assistant open and close the door for you! OK for the track but not so good for the street!

Stunning looking car. Too bad it was changed from the center driving position. I always thought that was cool.

Good luck with your sale.
 

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This pic was posted on lotustalk before too.



We had the same discussion then too, is that a 2001 Motorsport Exige? No, it's a 2000 Motorsport Elise, the Exiges came later and were based of the Motorsport Elise.

Good luck with the sale.
 

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Really?? I can lean over from the drivers seat and pull the passenger door shut. Would be even easier from the center

I enjoy the right hand drive too. The problem with the center steer was that you had to have an assistant open and close the door for you! OK for the track but not so good for the street!
 

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Really?? I can lean over from the drivers seat and pull the passenger door shut. Would be even easier from the center
Maybe he's one of those horse jockey's who are 3ft tall, and weigh 46lbs. power to weight, after all.
 
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