*One of fewer than 25 imported
*Less than 500 original miles
*Lowest mileage example known to exist
*Non-street legal; track-day or race only
*The lightest of all the Lotus Elise models
The Lotus Elise is a two-seat, mid-engined roadster initially released in 1996. The Elise has a fiberglass body atop its aluminum chassis that provides a stiff platform for the suspension while keeping weight to a minimum.
The Sport 190 model is a competition-only (not street legal) version imported to the United States in 1998. Fewer than 25 made the trip across the pond. Upgrades to the standard Elise included a roll cage, fire system, racing seats, master electrical switch, quick-release steering wheel, stiffer racing suspension and five-point racing harness, among others. It's powered by a highly-tuned version of the Rover 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing 190 hp at 7,000 rpm. The 1,485 pound Sport 190 hits sixty mph in 4.3 seconds and 100 mph in 10.5 seconds.
This Series 1 Sport 190 model was originally purchased on September 24, 1998 for $55,600. We bought the Lotus in 2014 from the original owner, who lightly tracked the car early in its life.