• This Lotus Exige S1 is an excellent example of the iconic lightweight sports car that has benefited from comprehensive maintenance and a series of subtle modifications.
  • Under the bonnet is a 190bhp 1.8-litre VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) K-series engine, connected to a five-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.
  • The car’s original engine was replaced at around 66,000 miles, and the replacement unit has covered a total of 20,000 miles.
  • The current owner acquired the car in 2002, and is only the second keeper. It has been featured in several publications, copies of which are included in the sale, including Classic & Sports Car when driven by renowned motoring writer Steve Sutcliffe.


  • The exterior is finished in New Aluminium silver, with a light grey Alcantara and black leather trimmed interior, and with four-point harnesses.
  • The car sits on original black Rimstock 17-inch alloy wheels, with Toyo 888R tyres.
  • A new Lotus OEM Perspex rear engine cover has recently been fitted.
  • Mechanical modifications include a Janspeed stainless steel exhaust, de-cat pipe, Proalloy radiator and a stainless steel tow assembly. The engine also has an ‘Exige’ motif cam cover and a carbon-fibre air intake, and is fitted with Piper Vernier cam pulleys.
  • Chassis upgrades include Nitron adjustable suspension, upgraded rear tie rods, Eliseparts Lightweight Aluminium Belled drilled and grooved brake discs, Pagid brake pads and braided stainless steel brake lines.
  • Accompanying the car are the original handbooks and service book, the original dealer documentation and an array of service history documents including original MOT’s. Two ignition keys are also present, along with two spare keys.
  • The original VHPD K-series engine that was removed is available by separate negotiation.


  • No known bodywork damage.
  • The paintwork is believed to be almost all original and is in good condition, with stone chip damage on the nose and front splitter, and a few minor scuffs. Small areas of both the front and rear nearside wheel arches have been retouched due to minor scuff damage, and the front oversills have been repainted.
  • There is a small amount of paint bubbling where the passenger door meets the lower sill.
  • Inside, the interior trim is in good condition, although there is slight wear on the dash trim adjacent to the switches and on the offside sill trim piece.
  • The bare metal floor of the car is showing various marks commensurate with the mileage.
  • No mechanical or electrical faults are known, and there are no warning lights on the dashboard.
  • This Exige passed its most recent MOT on 5 August 2020 at 78,150 miles with no advisories.


  • The last service was carried by the owner prior to the most recent MOT test, when an oil change was completed.
  • The owner has serviced the car annually throughout their tenure, with regular oil and filter changes.
  • The cambelt and tensioner have been changed every three years, with the last renewal completed in 2019.


The Lotus Exige S1 is now a sought-after modern classic, and this example has benefited from regular maintenance and a unique combination of upgraded parts. The strong performance of the K-series VHPD engine gives this lightweight sports car impressive pace, with this Exige S1 offering a wonderfully direct driving experience that would be ideal for track days or weekend use.

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Car Overview

  • 78,151 miles
  • manual
  • RHD
  • New Aluminium
  • White
  • 1.8L
  • VINSCCGA1118YHC80256

Lot Overview

  • Lot #04854
  • private Sale
  • Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom


  • Exige

Exterior  (84)

Interior  (40)

Mechanical  (22)

Documents  (18)

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