The dealer went to extreme lengths to preserve the car's condition.
With the Lotus Evora being discontinued this year to pave the way for a new generation of lightweight sports cars, dealers will want to ship any leftover stock. Some cars end up sitting on dealer lots longer than others, which explains how Dodge is still selling brand new Vipers several years after production ended. This Lotus Evora S took a lot longer than most, however - it took seven years for this sports car to find a new owner.
According to Car and Driver, the 2014 Lotus Evora S was recently sold to a buyer in Long Island, New York, who also owns a Lotus Elise for around $70,000 at a $20,000 discount.
This was around the same price Evoras were selling for back in 2014. Unofficially, that makes it the oldest new car sold in the US. While other dealers were heavily discounting the Evora to ship stock, the Connecticut-based dealer Secor Lotus felt it was "hurting the brand" and refused to slash the price. "It was a protest to some schemes of the pricing people had," said the dealers general manager, Steve Plona. "I think it's an undervalued brand."
To preserve the sports car's condition, Plona explained how he plugged in a trickle charger, overfilled the tires to avoid rot, and changed all the fluids except for the synthetic oil.
The car was kept in climate-controlled storage and was started up every so often to let it run. Despite its age, the "new" Evora has clocked up less than 100 miles on the odometer.
While the dealer has done an admirable job maintaining the sports car, there are a few caveats. The factory warranty has expired and the car still rides on its original seven-year old tires. The battery will also need to be replaced. Currently, the dealer still has seven examples of the Lotus Evora GT in stock, including a 2018 Evora 400 in custom Red Velvet paint. Let's hope it doesn't take as long for it to find a new owner.