The Carlton lived most of its life in the shadow of its big brother, the Senator. Its greatest moment came when Lotus (owned by General Motors at the time) developed an ultra-high performance version, the Lotus Carlton, powered by a turbocharged 3.6-litre engine. These cars were quickly snapped up by collectors and very few genuine examples (there are clever fakes) ever come onto the used market.
The Carlton range offered buyers a choice of four or six-cylinder power, as well as a borrowed-from-Peugeot diesel engine. The estates were terrific people and load carriers and are as popular now as they were when new. Indeed, the word is spreading about the Carlton's abilities for high-mileage, trouble-free motoring.