September Sale 2018

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2001 Lotus Exige S1

Lot No.: 315

Registration: X587 XVF
Chassis Number: SCCCA1117YHC80376
Engine Number: 18K4FN04356359
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1796
Year of Manufacture: 2001
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold


  • Very special, right-hand drive, Series I Exige fitted with 190 BHP Rover K-series 'de-cat' 
  • The Series 1 Exige is not a common sight on UK roads, only around 100 exist today
  • 30,000 miles. 3 owners.Extensive history file. Both keys, all manuals, original radio
  • Subject to much recent expenditure. Bare fibreglass respray. Re-trim in original leather
  • Engine rebuilt to original spec. Chassis cleaned. New brake system all round. Lots more


Despite the fact that it enjoyed critical acclaim, the Series 1 Exige is not a common sight on UK roads. Reportedly 604 were built between 2000-2001 and of those 177 were left-hand drive. Track day attrition and over exuberance have reduced these numbers significantly so it appears that only around 100 exist today. A lot of these cars were modified in certain ways including engine transplants so finding cars that are totally original, has become difficult.

This, very special, right-hand drive, Series I Exige has covered 30,000 miles in the hands of its three owners and is the desirable 190 BHP Rover K-series 'de-cat' version. Accompanying this rare car is an extensive history file along with both keys, all its manuals, and the original radio.

Our vendor has owned this lovely Lotus for the past three years and twelve months ago decided to recommission the car in order to bring it up to his exacting standards. Expenditure lavished on the car included the following:

Bare fibreglass respray in Silver, new factory decals,
New Factory glass engine cover (last one in existence)
Chassis cleaned.
Interior re-trim in original leather
New brake system all round including pipes, discs, pads and master cylinder
New wheel bearings
All suspension shot blasted and powder coated (original components no copies)
All new Nylatron bushes to OE spec
All new ball joints and toe links
New BR racing shock- absorbers (originals with the car), the only non-OE part as OE shocks are considered very poor.
Engine bay retrimmed in original heat shielding
Original wheels refurbed with new tyres
Radiator cleaned and hoses replaced
Engine rebuilt to original spec using OE parts. Built by Mick Thomas of Track Powertrain who have supplied over 100 K series engines to the 'Lotus Cup'
Engine painted and new trim to as new standard
Gearbox blasted painted and rebuild using OE parts by PG transmissions
New light covers
Wiring-loom checked
New Battery

With their purposeful looks and seriously impressive performance, early cars that have remained essentially original have now become very collectable. Series 1 Exige are rare enough and this example, having been subject to so much recent expenditure, is really rather special. We welcome any inspection of this impressive little Lotus.