Autotrader Find: 2006 Lotus Elise With 96,000 Miles

Here’s something you probably won’t see again anytime soon: a 2006 Lotus Elise with the odometer nearing 100,000 miles. This wouldn’t be an impressive feat for most 2006 vehicles, but then the Elise isn’t most 2006 vehicles: it’s incredibly confining, low to the ground, and challenging to drive — but that didn’t stop the previous owners of this one.

This 2006 Elise is offered by Selective Motor Cars in Orange County, California, south of Los Angeles, and it’s listed for $29,888, proving that an Elise — no matter how far it’s traveled — is generally always worth $30,000. This particular Elise have traveled quite far, though, and its 96,000-mile odometer reading makes it the highest-mileage Lotus currently listed for sale on Autotrader.

So how do you drive an Elise 96,000 miles in 12 years? According to the Carfax report, two owners did it, though the first owner had it the majority of the time — from March 2006, when it was purchased new, until May 2016. The second owner had it for the last two years, but barely added any miles, meaning it was primarily driven by one owner. The first owner registered the car in Studio City, California, in the Los Angeles area, where it was presumably used as a daily driver.

Assuming this Elise was well maintained, it could still have a lot of life left, given that it used a reliable Toyota powertrain. This Elise is finished in an unusual color combination — British Racing Green with a black interior — and both the interior and exterior look surprisingly nice, given the vehicle’s age and mileage.

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