1993 Lotus Carlton
1993 Lotus Carlton
The mac daddy of the lesser-spotted British super saloon, this Lotus Carlton is a genuine UK right hand drive example finished in this factory colour specification of Imperial Green Pearlescent with Anthracite Connolly Leather, as confirmed by the car’s Lotus Certificate of Vehicle Provenance.
The first registered owner on 5thOctober 1993 was Rick Parry, CEO of the Premier League, who bought the car just before the first ever season. From here the car passed to a Metropolitan Police officer, who laid the car up at his house in Hemel Hempstead where it was spotted by classic car collector Barry France in a sad state.
Mr France rescued the car in 2008 and immediately set about having the car completely restored by Carlton experts Beechgrove Engineering. Over the course of 21 months, the car was thoroughly rebuilt with a complete clutch replacement (improving upgrade to stronger later bellhousing), both turbos rebuilt alongside new timing gears, camshaft chain and oil pump replaced to round out a full engine refresh at 97,308 miles.
The tired old oil coolers were replaced, no small feat as they were out of production, with Mr France actually bank rolling a small production run of new coolers from PACE. Bespoke pipework to exacting original specifications was made by Pirtek, while a custom made copper and brass engine radiator with enlarged core was also fitted to improve cooling by some 20% whilst remaining totally OEM in appearance.
The bodywork was then restored with NOS inner and outer sills sourced from Germany alongside many other panels, and once finished with a new braking system the car was back on the road on 10thApril 2010. As Mr France owned a second Carlton, this car was used sparingly.
The car was then purchased by Mr David White in 2017, who had followed the car closely and finally managed to broker a deal. Mr White then set about further bodywork to keep the car in absolute showroom condition, replacing both rear quarter panels with genuine items sourced from Germany alongside fitting new doors, exterior lights and carrying out various minor repairs before having the car completely resprayed. A new immobiliser and tracker were also fitted at this point. The interior underwent a gentle restoration to keep it as fresh as the exterior whilst preserving its originality.
The results of these two restorations and devoted previous ownership speak for themselves – the car is immaculate. Mr White showed the car at the Ace Café Concours in 2019, which the car won, and as the photos show the car is in superb condition today.
With an absolutely stacked history file and having been restored not once but twice, this Carlton wants for nothing and is a very special example indeed.