1991 Lotus Excel "Hethel" Celebration


  • Very good condition throughout
  • Enthusiast owned
  • One of only 40 Hethel Celebration models built
  • Thoroughly renovated in 2016
  • Recent MOT

The Appeal

A Lotus Excel is a true driver’s car, lightweight body, excellent galvanised chassis and an engine designed to rev and deliver high performance. 

They look good too, and unlike many others of Colin Chapman’s cars, driver comfort has also been considered in the stylish and sharp looking Excel.

Totally renovated in 2016 to a very high standard this is a car that is guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes, looking superb and being a fairly rare sight on the road these days, especially as there were only 40 of these special celebration models to leave the factory.

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The History and Paperwork

  • First registered in 1991
  • Full toolkit and spare wheel
  • V5c present 
  • 2 sets of keys
  • MOT expires June 2023
  • Comprehensive, 3'' thick folder of history

Purchased by the current Lotus enthusiast owner back in 2007 the car underwent a total renovation by Lotus specialists back in 2016, with a complete engine out re-spray and many new parts.

A change in circumstances has now brought this very nice example to auction, which is sure to get the attention of both Lotus and motoring enthusiasts alike.

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The Interior

  • Nice original tan leather interior
  • Air conditioning
  • New carpets
  • New headlining
  • Renovated seats

The interior of this Lotus has been nicely renovated during 2016, with new carpets, headlining and a thorough reconnalising of all the leather seats and surfaces.

The steering wheel and seats have a nicely aged patina to them with the rest of the interior being comfortable with good supportive seats. There’s also some wear evident on the wooden gear lever and the seat handles and the odd place in the cabin, but overall it presents very well and everything is reported to work as it should do.

The wood facia and dashboard are in very nice condition with no cracks or damage anywhere to be seen.

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The Exterior

  • Very nice overall condition
  • Good condition wheels with good tyres
  • Finished in its original colour of dark green metallic.

Fully stripped down and prepared for a full body re-spray in its original colour the paintwork presents very well indeed with only a few inevitable stone-chips at the front detracting from its overall excellent finish and presentation.

All the tyres are good, and the nice Lotus 15” alloy wheels need a bit of work in places and there’s certainly no cracking fibreglass or damage to the bodywork anywhere to be found. Eagle-eyed bidders will note that a wheel cap is missing from the rear nearside alloy - this has since been replace since the time of photography.

The pop-up headlights are a great feature of the car and happily they open and close without issue and all rubber window and door seals also all seem to be in great condition too.

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The Mechanics

  • Major mechanical re-build with countless new parts
  • New Stainless steel exhaust system
  • New clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder
  • New cambelt and tensioner
  • Rebuilt carburettors
  • New radiator, cooling fans and engine bay coolant hoses
  • Last C Service 2019 with few miles covered since
  • 4 new tyres

A very thorough overhaul of the car’s mechanics and running gear was undertaken during its comprehensive restoration in 2016 with many new parts being fitted as required to bring the car up to its present day condition.

Since its renovation there have been very few miles put on the car, which on an earlier MOT had a mileage recorded of over 93,000, so it has been assumed that the mileage shown on the odometer should be more like 136,000, rather than just 36,000.

The car is reported to drive very nicely with a considerable turn of speed and the exquisite handling and balance that you would expect from a Lotus.


A very nicely sorted and ready to go rare edition of the Lotus Excel, one of the great British sports cars, with the benefit of a recent comprehensive professional restoration and a very relevant private number plate.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1991
  • Make Lotus
  • Model Excel "Hethel" Celebration
  • Colour Green
  • Odometer 136,810 Miles
  • Engine size 2174
  • Town Woolwich
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
17 bids
  • hunter1•••• £14,000 07/07/22
  • sasha.p•••• £13,500 07/07/22
  • oliver-•••• £13,250 07/07/22
  • sasha.p•••• £13,000 06/07/22
  • Sunset1•••• £12,250 06/07/22
  • sasha.p•••• £12,000 05/07/22
  • tsmith0•••• £11,500 05/07/22
  • Sunset1•••• £10,250 05/07/22
  • tsmith0•••• £10,000 05/07/22
  • Sunset1•••• £9,700 04/07/22

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