Lotus cars on DesperateSeller.co.uk

Britain has a great tradition of small sports car manufacturers and Lotus is the daddy of them all. Adhering strictly to its guiding principle of performance through light weight, the marque has produced some of the most thrilling driver's cars to turn a wheel. Why not let DesperateSeller.co.uk help put you behind the wheel of a Lotus!

Most popular selling Lotus models ranked by popularity


Elise car for sale
23 cars
Elise car for sale

23 available

    From  £15,995       To  £54,115

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Evora car for sale
15 cars
Evora car for sale

15 available

    From  £25,995       To  £100,235

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Exige car for sale
12 cars
Exige car for sale

12 available

    From  £21,695       To  £103,950

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Esprit car for sale
2 cars
Esprit car for sale

2 available

    From  £12,000       To  £69,989

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Elan car for sale
2 cars
Elan car for sale

2 available

    From  £10,000       To  £36,995

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Lotus in stats

Popular models: | Elise (40%) | Evora (26%) | Exige (21%) | Esprit (4%) | Elan (4%)
Popular body styles: | Coupe (54%) | Convertible (40%) | Saloon (4%)
Transmissions: | Automatic (11%) | Manual (89%)
Fuel types: | Petrol (100%)
Engines: | 1600cc (5%) | 1800cc (39%) | 3500cc (37%)
Popular colors: | Purple | Orange | Grey | Green | Blue


A historic view on Lotus

New Lotus models don't come along particularly often and their capability doesn't come cheap but strong residual values make used examples from this brand about as exciting as sensible investments get. The bedrock of the modern Lotus range is the Elise, a compact and somewhat basic roadster that doesn't come with a huge amount of power in basic form but handles beautifully and boasts otherworldly levels of grip. The Series 1 cars were launched in 1996, with Series 2 taking over in 2002. Various versions of both were offered, as were hardcore fixed roof versions badged Exige. As with any Lotus used car, watch out for Exige examples that have been through heavy track use. With its 1.8-litre engine, the lightweight Elise has the pace and poise to humble sportscars costing three times as much. It's also reasonably user-friendly once you've got the technique for getting in and out mastered. Lotus customers seeking a little more by way of refinement and creature comforts might like to buy a used Lotus Europa. It's roomier, less firmly sprung and better equipped but it never quite caught on with new car buyers. If you can find them, used second hand models might be worth seeking out. At the other extreme is the lunatic Lotus 2-Eleven, a track day car with no roof or windscreen. It's not your typical second hand car but pre-owned examples are around and there isn't much that's faster around a race circuit.

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