With the banning of the Lotus 86 and the threat of the same for the Lotus 88, the Lotus 87 was quickly produced to provide an eligable car. However when the Lotus 88B was banned, the Lotus 87 ended up having a longer (and uneventful) life then expected, just like the Lotus 79 and Lotus 81 before it.
The last year of the Essex livery...
FIA Historic Formula 1, Donington Park, May 2007
TGP F1, Silverstone, July 2005
Team Lotus 50th Birthday, Hethel Test Track, August 2004
TGP F1, Donington Park, August 2003
Autosport, Birmingham NEC, January 2003