1992 Vauxhall/Opel Lotus Carlton/Omega
Left-hand drive example originating in Germany.
German plates retained, rare and valuable owner's pack present; recent clean
Of German origin, this smart and rare Lotus Omega
(Carlton) is one fast car, with 377bhp developed from its twin turbo 3.6 six-pot
the turbo rush on boost is something else, urgent even by today’s standards of
very little lag.
The Carlton sits well, looking menacing in its dark Green,
almost black hue sat on correct alloy wheels with black leather interior and
manual ‘box. The odometer indicates just 121,062km (75,224 miles) although there
is little history to back this up, bar the five years of MOTs since import and
first MOT in 2015 and following registration in September 2017 by its sole UK
The car would no doubt benefit from some tidying
cosmetically, as witnessed in the pictures, the car wears the usual marks
commensurate with age and use but suggests it hasn’t been painted and ‘tarted’
which is re-assuring.
These cars go like rockets, handle surprisingly well for a
big saloon and are rare. As such, values have continued to climb steadily with
some of the nicest cars making well over £70,000 at auction over the past two
years – worth considering when looking at the enticing guides of this and the
other example in this sale.
The car was driven some 80 miles to the sale and is
understood to run and drive well, with a current MOT valid until October 2020
with no advisories recorded, but as always, we’d suggest a thorough service and
check over before using in angst as the car has covered little mileage in the
past few years. The history file includes a V5C, selection of invoices
including for a new battery, Reinz headgasket in December 2017 and EBC
yellow stuff pads also from 2017 along with a very rare and valuable Lotus
Carlton owner’s pack and unmarked service book along with copy documents from
its registration with DVLA dated September 2017. In addition, there are copy
German docs including the Fahrzeugbrief, a copy purchase receipt and green
Internationaler Zurlassungsschein booklet.
With some fettling and light cosmetic enhancement this
could be a very interesting and potentially valuable example, particularly given
its low indicated KM and perceived originality.