More important than the production figures - to us, at least - are the performance ones. The Lotus Carlton producing 382hp from its twin-turbo 3.6-litre straight-six engine, propelling it, according to most sources, from 0-62mph in just over five seconds and on to a top speed which saw it crowned the world's fastest production saloon.
It's highly desirable then, and, as with most things that cause outrage amongst the establishment, it's become incredibly cool; but £50,000 for a 27 year-old Vauxhall with almost 40,000 miles on the clock will always seem steep. Time to bring the full force of our Man Maths to bear.
In 1991, this Lotus Carlton would have cost £48,000 - an E34 M5 was £43,500 - instantly making that £50,000 figure appear rather less offensive; it's pretty much just its value. Then there's inflation though, which, through its magic, makes that £48,000 RRP the equivalent of around £105,000 in today's money. All of which means that, at this price, you'd essentially be getting a Lotus Carlton for less than half price, thanks to nothing more than the passage of time and it being nicely run in. Sounds like reason enough to us!
SPECIFICATION - LOTUS CARLTON
Engine: 3,615cc, 6-cyl twin-turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 382@5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 415@4,200rpm
First registered: 1991
Price new: £48,000
Price now: £49,995
See the original advert here.