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I’m selling my Excel SE as I don’t get chance to use it enough and I’m losing my garage and I couldn’t stand to see it deteriorate, standing in the street so it needs to go to a good home.
It is white with blue leather trim. The headlining is in good condition without any drooping. Bodywork is in good condition although there are paint chips on the nose and the edges of the doors and some delamination of the windscreen. There are some stress cracks here and there so I would describe it as a 10 meter car, i.e. it looks perfect from 10 meters away and certainly gets plenty of admiring looks.
The 180bhp engine starts easily and performs well. The 5-speed Toyota gearbox shifts easily and quietly. Stainless steel exhaust link pipes have recently been fitted to allow it to pass its MOT (valid to July 2022) without any advisories. The new front brake discs help rein in the speed as needed although the excellent roadholding and handling mean the brakes aren’t used as much as on many other cars of its era. It’s rumoured that the Excel could lap Lotus’ test track more quickly than the contemporary Esprit and having owned both, I can believe it. Yet it’s a quiet and comfortable cruiser when you are not pushing it so hard. The best of both worlds. It was probably the first well-built, reliable Lotus model.

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