Steal or no steal | Mid-engined maestros

Steal or no steal | Mid-engined maestros

Lotus Elise S1, 1998, 61k miles, £16,500 With all the talk of the new Emira, we felt we had to start our mid-mounted showcase with the last real ground-breaker for Lotus. The car that saved the company (again), no less. The Elise S1. It’s a very different kind of car, of course. Where the Emira is pushing towards the grown-up end of the market and trying to steal sales from the likes of Porsche, you had to be a maverick to settle for the no-nonsense Elise. As we know, there are no frills here. Of course not. You couldn’t have frills if you still wanted thrills from 120hp. But Lotus …
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