British-based boutique car manufacturer Lotus has launched a new certificate of provenance program for owners, wherever they are in the world.
Those who pay £170 for the privilege will receive a certificate of provenance which outlines their car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), paint colour, and details on its exact manufacture date as per factory records.
On top of that, the package also includes a more in-depth build specification letter which outlines the exact configuration of the car, a personalised note from Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus Cars, as well as a selection of Lotus collectibles.
In order to inaugurate the program, Lotus has honoured Colin Chapman's last company car, a 1981 Lotus Turbo Esprit, as its first recipient.
The brand recently acquired the car from a private seller, and plans to restore it before housing it in its private collection.
Finished in dark silver and still wearing the same UK registration plate from new, UVF 464X, this particular first example was first registered by Lotus on August 1 1981, and was then allocated to Chapman. It would become his final company car, as Chapman passed a year later in 1982.
It was equipped with unique options at the request of Chapman, including power steering, a modified suspension and brake package and BBS Mahle alloy wheels.
The car has a colourful history. It was once driven by previous UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, during a visit to Norfolk.
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