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New Lotus Certificate of origin program is a treat for owners

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Lotus has decided to join the recent trends of many car manufacturers and to launch its own in-house factory certification program. Okay, program, if you're British. Essentially, the Lotus Certificate of provenance is used to check the provenance or background of your Lotus car. The car that made its debut turned out to be a beautiful 1981 esprit Turbo, certified as the last "corporate car" of Lotus founder Colin Chapman.

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1981 Lotus Turbo esprit

Obtain a Lotus Certificate of provenance

Certificat de provenance: Contenu & Articles

The new certificate of provenance program is open to owners of Lotus cars of all ages; it is not necessarily antiquity. If you want to buy a Lotus Certificate-or buy one for someone as a gift (good idea!)-it comes in a distinctive "for drivers" presentation box.

Inside the box, you'll find a bunch of goodies. First of all, there is the Certificate of provenance itself, which is printed on high-quality paper. The certificate provides a summary of the details of the car, such as wine, colour of paint and specifications.

The certificate also indicates the date on which the car completed production at the Hethel plant and was transmitted. The doors and the Lotus sales team. You will also find a construction specification letter. This displays detailed vehicle information from the Lotus archives and gives a more detailed picture of your Lotus, including its engine, transmission, standard features and options. The third document is a personalized letter signed by Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus cars, thanking you for your purchase.

Le nouveau programme de certificat d'origine Lotus est un régal pour les propriétaires

All three documents are presented in a simple black envelope inside the presentation box, which I must admit you look pretty classy. Underneath this black envelope is a selection of Lotus collector's items: an aluminium plate engraved with the name of the owner and information from the certificate of provenance; a Lotus leather key chain; a carbon fibre bookmark featuring the brand's nine largest motor sport laurels; a four-badge presentation box; and a Lotus ink pen.

1981 Lotus Turbo esprit

Now, about the first car to get a Lotus provenance certificate. The Lotus Turbo esprit 1981 has the British license plate UVF 464X, because the license plates in England remain with the car for the rest of its life. So tracking is a bit of a "big problem" for British gearboxes. (interesting note: the other term for gearboxes here in America is usually motor heads. In England, they use the term oilheads, because "motorhead" refers to amphetamines lovers. Remember that if you find yourself in a polite conversation with one of her Majesty's subjects.)

The esprit Turbo was registered with the company on August 1, 1981, and then awarded to Chapman for its exclusive use.

Sweet journey with Colin! After Chapman's death in 1982, it was sold by Lotus in 1983 and has been in private hands ever since. There's only 11,000 miles on the car, and it's been regularly maintained. This is good news, because if you have ever seen a spirit that has not been regularly nurtured. . . * shake your head sadly *

The car is finished in silver diamond metallized with the very fancy "Turbo esprit" decals. The optional factory-mounted extras include a fully red leather interior, air conditioning and a Panasonic audio system integrated into the pavilion trim. Several features were added to Chapman's request, including power steering-the first spirit to have this technology-as well as a modified and lowered suspension, modified brakes and BBS Mahle alloy alloy rims.

Obtain a Lotus Certificate of provenance

And get this, it costs £170 on the domestic market, or about $250. Prices may vary a little from country to country, but it's still a good deal.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life driving old cars and sports cars. He is the author of bricks & AMP; bones: the ending legacy and Nitty-Gritty phenomenon of the Indy 500, available in pocket or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @ TonyBorroz.

Photo and photo source: Lotus Group.

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