Lot 168 - 1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

Lot 168 - 1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

Lot 168 - 1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

Lot Number 168
Registration H854 CMR
Chassis Number SCC000019M1064019
Engine Number 30M20114
Odometer reading 17,823 miles
Result Sold - £111,524
  • Very low mileage from new
  • Stunning condition
  • Finest on the market today

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 calipers.

This absolutely stunning low mileage example of this brutish British saloon is probably the one of the finest examples of this model being offered to the marketplace presently. Offered in its original Imperial Green Pearlescent paintwork (as all the models were when produced) and with a black anthracite Connolly leather interior (standard also), both of which are exemplary in their condition. It comes with a very good history including, Lotus book, Certificate of Provenance, old MoT test certificates and a present MoT test certificate which expires in October 2024. The car’s current private registration is being retained by the current owner and an age-related plate will be issued by the DVLA. This is the best example of this model we have ever seen and it is undoubtably one for the collector/investor. Simply unbeatable in every way!

Interested parties should note that the private registration plate shown is to be retained by the vendor and a new, age-related registration issued instead. The correct registration is shown in the catalogue, and we are awaiting receipt of the new V5 registration document from DVLA which may not be present at the time of the auction.

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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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.

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