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 MOT.
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 owner. 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.
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