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Lot 388: Lotus Excel SE Coup�

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Technical co-operation with Toyota, which had purchased a stake in Lotus, enabled the latter to introduced an improved and cheaper version of the four-seater Eclat Coup�, which was christened 'Eclat Excel' when launched in 1982. The new model's backbone chassis, all-independent suspension and resulting brilliant handling were already Lotus hallmarks, while the 2.2-litre 16-valve engine was another carry-over from the Eclat. The Excel version switched to a Toyota five-speed gearbox and all-round ventilated disc brakes, replacing the previous Getrag transmission and disc/drum arrangement. The body too came in for revision, both front and rear aspects being tidied and the rear side windows changed in shape, while the rear suspension was up-rated. With 180bhp on tap, the Excel SE was good for 131mph and could reach 60mph in under seven seconds. Last of the front-engined four-seater Lotus Grand Tourers, the Excel ceased production in 1992. This example has had six former keepers and currently displays a total of circa 57,000 miles on the odometer. Benefiting from a galvanised chassis, the Lotus was restored in July of this year, being fully re-sprayed and treated to new decals, while the engine has been fully serviced and tuned. Described as in very good condition mechanically, with excellent bodywork and paint, the car is offered with sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to August 2014 and Swansea V5C.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number388
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£4500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£5175
Year1988
Condition rating2
Registration numberE664 MCP
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCCO89912JHD12620
Engine numberDB912880424818
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors