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Hi, I've been looking to join the lotus community for a while now, and I got this S1 offered which I think can be a nice rebuild project. The car seems to have flipped over, there is lot's of body panel damage (windows, front & rear clambshell, engine cover, driver door, driver sill, diffuser all to be definitely replaced) , chassis looks completely straigth and undamaged apart from a minor a scratch behind the left front wheel, all suspension arms & pickup points look solid and almost like new. Engine's running but not done much as the coolant circuit is empty.

Just some general notes of the car:
  • Lotus elise s1, 25-02-1999 P.D.I
  • 60k miles
  • B21 Lotus racing green (?) with a green interior
  • VIN: SCCGA111XXHC35172

Here some pictures of what I got myself into :)
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Couple of initial questions:
  • I've not seen a similar interior with the large lotus sign on the seats and floor of the car. Anybody know if this is aftermarket or where this comes from?
  • I've got extremely limited information of what happened with the car. I know it was imported from the UK to Germany after 2008, and it changed owners in 2015 to the 3rd and latest owner. Last MOT (german variant) was in halfway 2019 due to this year, so it crashed somewhere in between. What's the best way to try to get any information / history? I've got owner names / license plates, but so far no information found
  • Any tips on rebuild are always appreciated, but I will definitely have some good looks around this forum aswell as I am probably not the first that rebuilds one of these :)

Kind regards, Bart
Hi, I've been looking to join the lotus community for a while now, and I got this S1 offered which I think can be a nice rebuild project. The car seems to have flipped over, there is lot's of body panel damage (windows, front & rear clambshell, engine cover, driver door, driver sill, diffuser all to be definitely replaced) , chassis looks completely straigth and undamaged apart from a minor a scratch behind the left front wheel, all suspension arms & pickup points look solid and almost like new. Engine's running but not done much as the coolant circuit is empty.

Just some general notes of the car:
  • Lotus elise s1, 25-02-1999 P.D.I
  • 60k miles
  • B21 Lotus racing green (?) with a green interior
  • VIN: SCCGA111XXHC35172

Here some pictures of what I got myself into :)
View attachment 1303213

View attachment 1303214

View attachment 1303215

View attachment 1303216

Couple of initial questions:
  • I've not seen a similar interior with the large lotus sign on the seats and floor of the car. Anybody know if this is aftermarket or where this comes from?
  • I've got extremely limited information of what happened with the car. I know it was imported from the UK to Germany after 2008, and it changed owners in 2015 to the 3rd and latest owner. Last MOT (german variant) was in halfway 2019 due to this year, so it crashed somewhere in between. What's the best way to try to get any information / history? I've got owner names / license plates, but so far no information found
  • Any tips on rebuild are always appreciated, but I will definitely have some good looks around this forum aswell as I am probably not the first that rebuilds one of these :)

Kind regards, Bart
Hi, I've been looking to join the lotus community for a while now, and I got this S1 offered which I think can be a nice rebuild project. The car seems to have flipped over, there is lot's of body panel damage (windows, front & rear clambshell, engine cover, driver door, driver sill, diffuser all to be definitely replaced) , chassis looks completely straigth and undamaged apart from a minor a scratch behind the left front wheel, all suspension arms & pickup points look solid and almost like new. Engine's running but not done much as the coolant circuit is empty.

Just some general notes of the car:
  • Lotus elise s1, 25-02-1999 P.D.I
  • 60k miles
  • B21 Lotus racing green (?) with a green interior
  • VIN: SCCGA111XXHC35172

Here some pictures of what I got myself into :)
View attachment 1303213

View attachment 1303214

View attachment 1303215

View attachment 1303216

Couple of initial questions:
  • I've not seen a similar interior with the large lotus sign on the seats and floor of the car. Anybody know if this is aftermarket or where this comes from?
  • I've got extremely limited information of what happened with the car. I know it was imported from the UK to Germany after 2008, and it changed owners in 2015 to the 3rd and latest owner. Last MOT (german variant) was in halfway 2019 due to this year, so it crashed somewhere in between. What's the best way to try to get any information / history? I've got owner names / license plates, but so far no information found
  • Any tips on rebuild are always appreciated, but I will definitely have some good looks around this forum aswell as I am probably not the first that rebuilds one of these :)

Kind regards, Bart

great that you have taken this on Bart, I've rebuilt an S1 Elise,
going from this:

to this:
...i promise you it is the same car!
They are not really complex cars to work on, clams are easily removeable, but you may experience spinning rivnuts holding clams in place.

see here for my build thread if interested: https://www.scottishelises.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=43531

Your most likely to need to access the UK for the parts you will need to rebuild as S1's are only just becoming legal for road use in US. SELOC is a good place for parts. Dominic Hughes is a good place for body panels, Junks is also recommended on there.

good luck with your project. Let me know if you would like any more info regarding your re-build or part suppliers etc.
 
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