1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton - JUST 4,500 MILES! SOLD
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|We are pleased to offer for sale this immaculate Lotus Carlton only 4500 miles from new! |
The Lotus Carlton is a legend and the kind of car that comes along once in a generation. At a time when really fast four-door saloons were the preserve of BMW and Mercedes, this Vauxhall (Opel) derived super saloon arrived on the scene demolishing the opposition. Oddly, it wasn't its huge performance or masculine good looks that created the most fuss but the fact that the Daily Mail was so outraged by its stated top speed of 176mph, that it declared it too fast for British roads. Of course, the Lotus Carlton - or Type 104 to Lotus aficionados - was nothing of the sort, and although it shared its major components with a mainstream executive car, its level of development across every aspect of automotive dynamics had resulted in a truly special performance car.
It was powered by a twin-turbo version of the venerable straight-six used in the Senator, which developed a remarkable 377bhp. To achieve that figure, Lotus had put a lot of work into the 3.6-litre power unit, uprating and strengthening the bottom end, porting the 24-valve cylinder head (from the Carlton GSI), and fitting forged 'slipper pistons' made by Mahle atop new Lotus-designed connecting rods tied to a counterweighted, forged steel crankshaft. The gearbox was the same six-speeder used in the Corvette ZR-1, the only transmission in GM's parts bin, capable of handling the car's monster torque. AP Group-C derived brakes - four-pot calipers with 330mm ventilated discs at the front and two-pot at the rear – sat behind specially developed Goodyear tyres.
Performance was brisk, to say the least. 0-60mph came up in 5.0 seconds, 0-100 was dispatched in 11.1 seconds, and in 1992 Autocar Magazine recorded a time of 17.0 seconds for their 0-100-0 challenge, 2nd best behind an F40, however, it's the car's maximum speed of 176mph that will always be quoted by its fans.
Based on a civilised modern saloon car, the Lotus Carlton was tractable, light and well-mannered in town traffic,
Supplied new by Moorland Motors of Blackpool in August 1991 and finished in the obligatory Imperial Green, this immaculate Lotus Carlton is car Number 28 out of a limited production of 284 UK, right-hand drive models.
As you would imagine with the current odometer reading of just 4,500 miles, this car has spent a large percentage of its life in dry storage - only recently re-appearing and being subject to a re-commissioning at a marque specialist. It presents exactly as you would expect, virtually immaculate inside and out.
It is complete with its original book pack and the numbered Lotus Carlton book that was presented to each owner at the time of sale. Almost certainly the finest example anywhere and still very fast even by today's standards. This is surely a great investment and sure to appreciate over the coming years.
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