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New car, 1996 Elise S1 - S3 Elise gone to B&C

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Picked up a one owner S1 Elise in LRG with B&C 160 upgrade from Jamie at B&C on Friday and traded my 2012 Elise S3 220hp

 

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Pics please :D


88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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S1 sounds lovely but it would be interesting to know more about why you made the switch and also your impressions of how the two compare. I second the motion for some pics!

 

Cheers!

 

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Good looking car, nice and low miles too :)


88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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Just need to put a few miles on before I take it to France next month. Chalk and cheese compared with the S3, scalpel sharp turn in and characterful K series makes some nice noises - though 60 bhp shy of the Toyota lump so won't have that sledge hammer punch in 3rd and 4th. Rather than endlessley compare with S3 I think I'll just enjoy it for what it is.

PO had not skimped on servicing and upgrades with old bills from either B&C or Lakeside totting up to £11k in under 18000 miles. Besides the 160 Minister head also has S2 Bilsteins, Raceline stainless exhaust, (and the headers look like specials too) braided clutch line, disc stoneguards, etc.

Along with MMC's other early Elise features include shorter throw gearbox, boot bag, alloy engine cover and charcoal leather

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Featherlight telepathic steering, unassisted brakes, no sound deadening, throttle cable not drive-by-wire, the more I drive it the more I like it - I know it's not as quick as the S3 s/c but it offers plenty by way of compensation.

The design details are superb from door scoops and bonnet vents to 6" concave Cibies if ever a car was right first time it was the S1

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A lovely thing - one to cherish.

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I was never a real fan of the styling of the S1 originally but the older I get the more I seem to get it, that really does look gorgeous, nice buy :)


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