Lot 401 - 1992 Lotus Carlton by Lotus
|Odometer reading||115,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £9,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,200|
The Lotus Carlton was a Vauxhall Carlton upgraded by Lotus Cars to be a 177mph sports saloon with acceleration to equal contemporary supercars. When released, it was the fastest four-door saloon car in the world. The external differences were minimal with the addition of a rear spoiler, air intakes on the bonnet, Lotus badges on the front wings and bootlid, a bodykit and considerably wider wheel arches. The car was only sold in one colour, a shade of British Racing Green called Imperial Green, a very dark green that in anything but direct light appears black.
Lotus re-worked the 2969cc, 24V straight six used in the Carlton GSi and bored it out to 3615cc. In addition, twin Garrett T25 turbochargers were attached resulting in 377bhp and torque at 419lb/ft. Power was transmitted through a six speed ZF manual gearbox and power was driven to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential. The brakes were supplied by AP with 330mm ventilated discs all round and racing callipers.
This represents a rare opportunity to acquire a two-owner from new example of this much appreciated modern classic. Boasting every service in the book to its current 114,000 miles, this increasingly rare righthand drive Lotus Carlton has been regularly maintained by its only keeper to the tune of some £39,000 in service and maintenance cost alone. Included in the history file is the original bill of sale at a whopping £49,750 which, by today's standards, is perhaps more super car than super saloon.
Cosmetically, the car is sold in standard condition with no unnecessary upgrades or amendments from original specification. You will find the interior in an honest condition, appropriate to the car's age and mileage. The alloy wheels have been freshly refurbished and the bodywork and paint are in average condition. The cherished license plate 'J20 JJH' remains with the car.
This is one of just 320 Lotus Carlton's in righthand drive configuration and is sold with an MoT test certificate valid until November this year, a comprehensive service history file and V5C registration certificate.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.