• An early example of the classic British sports car, which has been driven sparingly in recent years.
  • Under the bonnet is the 2.2-litre ‘Lotus 912’ inline-four, coupled to the five-speed Toyota W58 manual transmission.
  • It has benefited from a comprehensive recent service, being kept as part of a classic collection since 2016.


  • The Excel featured a 50:50 weight distribution, with a fibreglass body and a galvanised steel chassis.
  • From 1984, the Eclat Excel was known only as the Excel, and the model was fitted with body-coloured bumpers, a louvred bonnet, and a boot spoiler.
  • This example, first registered in November 1984, is thought to be one of the first Excel’s with flared wheel arches, which were officially introduced for the 1985 model year.
  • It is fitted with the optional 15-inch wheels.
  • A large folder of documents will be included that detail the car’s history.


  • The offside front corner is slightly scuffed, but its red paintwork is in generally good condition. A few other blemishes can be seen around the front bumper, mesh grille and sidelight lenses. There is also a large crack in the nearside plastic wing mirror cap.
  • Some stone chipping can be seen in front of the boot spoiler, which the vendor reports is slightly faded, and the fuel filler cap is slightly chipped.
  • Inside, its beige cloth upholstery is in good shape, with just some light discoloration to the driver’s seat and carpets.
  • The vendor has reported a few surface marks to the dashboard and door cards, which have now developed an aged but not heavily worn appearance.
  • Some surface wear can be seen on the three-spoke steering wheel and wooden gear knob.
  • No electrical faults have been detected.
  • The most recent MOT test was on 22 September 2020 at 76,761 miles, which was a first-time pass with no advisories or defects.


  • In 2020, the engine oil and filter were changed, before the car was fitted with new brake callipers, discs and pads all round, along with a new fuel pump and cam belt. 


One of the first examples to be fitted with flared wheel arches, this Lotus Excel has been very well-preserved and is now presented in good order throughout. It would make a smart addition to an assembly of British classics, and is a great value sports car for weekend fun or longer road trips.

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Car Overview

  • 76,790 miles
  • manual
  • RHD
  • Red
  • Beige
  • 2.2L
  • VINSCC089912FHD11684

Lot Overview

  • Lot #04278
  • private Sale
  • Isle of Wight, United Kingdom


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