Part of the deal between Lotus and Toyota included the use of many Toyota mechanical components in Lotus’ cars. The original Excel (aka the Type 89 Eclat Excel) used the W58 manual transmission, driveshafts, rear differential, 14×7 in alloy wheels, and door handles from the Supra Mk II, which was made from 1982 to 1986. The engine was the familiar all-aluminium, DOHC 2.2 L Lotus 912 slant-four engine also used in the Lotus Esprit S3.
The Excel is also known for its good cornering and excellent handling thanks to 50:50 weight distribution.
Offered here is the first Type 89 prototype of the Excel model which has been carefully restored some ten years ago and having covered less than 500 miles since. During the restoration, evidence to support the cars provenance was found and documented with photographs along with the refurbishment. A very unique and interesting piece of motoring and Lotus heritage that is certainly worth close attention.