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Lotus Elite 504 for sale £19,995

In red with a black leather interior.

With only three owners since new and having covered just 32,500 miles, this rare Elite 504 is in superb, original order throughout.

The original Sales Invoice tells us that the Lotus was purchased from Sports Motors in Manchester by a Mrs. Hayhurst who, apparently, used it for shopping once a week. 504 Elites were the top of the tree and came with a three speed automatic gearbox and power steering and Mrs Hayhurst added leather seats to the high specifcation. The original order form shows the purchase price as £15,077 on the 20th August 1979.

The comprehensive history file shows that the car was serviced every year or two and Esprit Cars, a Lotus specialist in Stockport, took over the maintenance in 1990. We are told that Mr. Moore the proprietor, was the mechanic that initially PDI'd the Eilte, and who continued to look after it throughout its life, eventually purchasing it in 2003, by which time he was running his own Lotus specialist garage. He looked after the car through his workshop during his fourteen year ownership, eventually selling it to the last owner in 2017. 

They have continued the fantastic care of this rare car, recently having the gearbox fully rebuilt, the carburettors fettled and the 2.0 litre 907 engine has had its cambelt replaced, this all part of a thorough re-commissioning programme.

As well as numerous invoices for ongoing care, there are MOT certificates in the file going back to 1982.

The Lotus drives beautifully with crisp gear changes, very good road manners having had work to the suspension and brakes, and the engine behaves properly, idling nicely at traffic lights and keeping the correct temperature.

The bodywork is excellent and has never been painted, and the original interior is fantastic with the wonderful fabric dashboard, and leather seats which have minimal wear. The chassis has never been welded and the car still has its original dealer number plates, tax disc holder and toolkit.

A rare and interesting car in fine condition having been meticulously cared for since new.

 

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