Lotus 1963-2008: Market Review 2019

By: Cliff Chambers

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Lotus 1963-2008 market review

There has been some interest of late in the James Bond Esprit Turbo that could switch to submarine mode, however not enough to send Esprit values in the same direction as Bond-influenced Aston-Martins.

Early Elans which a decade back looked to be on the move have stalled as well; our top price for a Drophead $75,000 and a decent-looking Plus-2 coupe selling for under $40,000.

Europas with Ford twin-cam engines will make $50,000 overseas but we didn’t see any here.

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Buyers looking for a later model Elise and Exige will find that both hold their values but offer a lot of fun for the money.

Seven 1964-78 $44,950 [2] 

Elan 1963-74 $57,200 [4]

Europa $34,665 [2] 

Esprit Turbo 1982-96 $57,575 [6]

Elise 1998-2005 $40,645 [7] 

Exige 2004-08 $63,935 [8]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2019 European & British Value Guide.


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