Last Lotus Elise sports car bought by the woman whose name it bears

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Elisa Artioli is the namesake of the Lotus Elise.

The Last Lotus Elise sports car for sale was delivered to its new owner, Elisa Artioli. Yes, this Elisa. The one whose name is on the car.

The lightweight roadster, which debuted at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show, was named after Artioli by his grandfather Roman, who was then chairman of the British automaker. Lotus has a tradition of naming its vehicles with words beginning with E, such as the Esprit and the Elan.

Roman Artioli named the Elise after his granddaughter, Elisa.

Roman Artioli named the Elise after his granddaughter, Elisa.

Young Artoli even played a part in her reveal, sitting in it as she took off the cover during her presentation when she was just two and a half years old.

“They taught me to say, ‘I’m Elise!'” Eliza said Hagerty“and they put me undercover for a while at home, so I wouldn’t be scared on the day of the presentation.”

She said car magazine that she had contacted Lotus in 2019 when she heard a rumor that the car was going to go out of production and asked if she could buy the last one, which she ordered as a Sport 240 model finished in Championship Gold.

It’s been two that she has in her garage in Italy, because she still owns the silver one her grandfather gave it to her when she was four.


The Elise was sold in the United States from 2005 to 2011 and Lotus produced just over 35,000 during its production from 1996 to 2021. It built one more after that of Artioli which will remain in the company museum.

The automaker plans to replace it with an all-electric model in the coming years.