First unveiled in 1989, the Lotus Carlton became one of the Vauxhall’s most iconic models. This year the super-saloon celebrates 25 years since it was discontinued in 1992. Production of the Lotus Carlton (and its Lotus Omega sister car, sold on the continent) was originally set for 1,200 units, but the early ‘90s financial crisis stifled demand, and led to the target being missed by 150 cars.
Only 275 right-hand drive Lotus Carltons were sold in Britain, each at the eye-watering cost of £48,000. Produced exclusively in Imperial Green, it appeared to be black in anything but direct light.