You Need This: 2005 Lotus Elise

David S.
By David S. Wallens
May 23, 2017 | Lotus

Like so many other English sports cars, the Lotus Elise looks so right in British Racing Green. Wire Wheel is offering this 2005 Lotus Elise for $27,900. While it does have a rebuilt title, Wire Wheel knows these cars well enough to separate the good ones from the bad ones.

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LuxInterior
LuxInterior HalfDork
5/23/17 11:24 a.m.

I'll have two please. Red - me. Green - mrs lux

cmcgregor
cmcgregor Dork
5/23/17 11:26 a.m.

You're right. I do need that. Wanna talk my wife into it for me?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/23/17 11:29 a.m.

But I could buy a Z06 for that much!

Huckleberry
Huckleberry MegaDork
5/23/17 11:30 a.m.

Is that an advertisement? Because when I click the "Read the rest of the story" link... there is no more story. Just the same text saying "you should buy this rebuilt title Elise for $27.5k because this company knows stuff about profiting from wrecked Elises"! (paraphrased)

Huckleberry
Huckleberry MegaDork
5/23/17 11:42 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: But I could buy a Z06 for that much!

I know right? Or... if you stretch the budget a little you can squeeze into a 17 year old Miata with a V8 swap!

markwemple
markwemple UltraDork
5/23/17 11:54 a.m.

Turbo 996 is getting there too.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/23/17 12:22 p.m.

And yet somehow, this is not the same car as a Corvette or a 996 Turbo or a custom-built V8 Miata or a Toyota minivan. It's like they're all valid options. Weird.

LuxInterior
LuxInterior HalfDork
5/23/17 12:25 p.m.

I'm pretty sure this is going to be a lot more fun in the corners than a Z06.

calteg
calteg Dork
5/23/17 12:30 p.m.

Needed it. Bought it. I regret nothing.

RevRico
RevRico GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/23/17 12:32 p.m.

There's a yellow and black one that autocrossas locally. The driver is my size and maybe twice my age, I have no idea how he gets in and out.

Way prettier in British racing green, but really what isn't?

It's fast, it's noisy, at least when he's driving it has a pretty hard understeer issue. Looks like tons of fun though.

I think the best part is seeing it show up with a tire trailer on the back.

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