The serial numbers "reset" each year (the 10th digit indicates the year). The number is worldwide - for example, all the Elises for all the markets for that year.Not sure, as i've seen 07 exige 's with 3000 + serial numbers, it could be worldwide numbers, or all exige's, all elise's. or just one for every car per year.
I suggest you stick with the chart from Lotus .HI all....
I checked my VIN with the chart and all seems well, but when I put it thru the VIN decoder you guys posted on here, it tells me it does not conform to Lotus format.
here is my VIN SCCPC11185HL31449