29 March 1999,
Price realised GBP 8,050
GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
To be sold by the order of the Sheriff's Officer of Bedfordshire
1992 LOTUS ECLAT EXCEL COUPE
Registration No.: J487 CWF
Chassis No.: SCC 0899122 MHD 13080
Engine No.: DN912910127720
British Racing Green with light tan leather interior
Engine: four cylinders twin overhead camshaft, 2714cc, 180 bhp at 6500rpm; Gearbox: manual five-speed with synchromesh; Suspension: fully independent front and rear; Brakes: servo-assisted ventilated disc. Right hand drive.
The Excel arrived in 1985 as the last of Lotus's long line of front-engined high performance luxury coupes. This generation began with the Elite of 1974, representing a determined move up into a more luxurious market sector with a full four-seater, using the company's by now well-developed backbone frame and the usual glassfibre body. In due course it was supplanted by the Eclat, virtually a rather lighter, fastback two-plus-two seater version of the Elite with revised styling from the doors back.
When introduced the Excel was first presented as merely an Eclat variant, enabling the costly process of Type Approval to be avoided. But it was rather more than that. Styling was updated and made a little more aggressive, the interior, with plenty of good leather, plus some quality wood finish around the instruments, was clearly aimed at the hedonist. Under the skin the suspension was improved and ventilated disc brakes fitted. These, in common with much else in the drive-train, came from the Toyota Supra Coupe, on which Lotus had worked as
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Please note that the engine cc is 2174 and not 2714 as stated in the catalogue. Please also note there is no current MoT.
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