It is estimated that nearly half the 1,000 Lotus Elites built during the mouthwatering model’s six years of production still survive, but few, if any, are as beautifully restored, preserved and maintained as the example on offer during RM Auctions‘ upcoming Monterey sale.

Expected to fetch up to $150,000, it’s finished in orange with black leather interior and gray carpets ,with painted wire wheels, Pirelli tires, and three binders full of shop manuals, parts books and other reference materials available to the successful bidder.

Elites are drivers’ cars of the highest order: quick, nimble and almost unbearably enjoyable to maneuver around corners.

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