S1 Elise – Interior Detail

Car interiors seem to never get cleaned properly I guess it’s partly down to the fact they’re always a pain to clean and there’s usually loads of places you can’t reach without removing stuff. Well the Elise interior has been superficially well looked after by previous owners but it still needed a deep clean. Some […]

S1 Elise – Clean and Wax

After a few days and a good few miles covered on our trip to the Lotus factory and around Norfolk the Elise looked OK from a distance as the weather had been good for the whole trip. But it was pretty grubby plus I wanted to get some wax on it so time for another […]

S1 Elise – A Quick Polish and Detail Before a Road Trip

We planned a little road trip for the Elise but first it would need a little cosmetic preparation. Some no nonsense Autoglym Super Resin to give the paint a light freshen up and a little protection. Clearly removing a little bit of grime built up on the paint. Super Resin applied. Buffed off to a […]

S1 Elise – Cleaning and Refitting the Undertray and Diffuser

While I had both front and rear undertrays and the diffuser off I thought I’d give them a quick clean. The rear undertray was pretty filthy! The Union Flag decals, fitted by a previous owner, were looking pretty untidy now too so I got rid. I have something different to go in their place. Mid […]

S1 Elise – Removing and Refitting Headlamp Covers

The headlamp covers had been fitted with the usual sticky black butyl type adhesive so removing them wasn’t a big problem fortunately. It just requires a little bit of heat to soften it then once I had an edge lifted with my fingers the covers peeled off quite easily. Most of the adhesive was left […]

S1 Elise – Cleaning the Tub and Inner Arches

With all the suspension components out of the way for the suspension refresh I took the opportunity to clean everything I could get to. A few years worth of grime had built up. Cleaner, warm water and various cleaning tools. After some wiping and rinsing, being careful to clean gently as I didn’t want to […]

S1 Elise – Finding and Buying my Series 1 Lotus Elise

Finding and Buying my Series 1 Lotus Elise After finishing the MX5 and enjoying the increase in power for a good while it was time for a change. So after selling it I did the usual scan through the web to see what interesting cars were available out there with particular interest in two cars. […]