Lot 400 - 1970 Lotus Europa S2
|Odometer reading||77,160 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
The Lotus Europa is a two door mid-engined GT coupé manufactured from 1966 to 1975. In 2006 Lotus began production of a totally new, Lotus Elise-derived design, a mid-engined GT coupé named Europa S. The original Europa used Lotus founder Colin Chapman's minimalist steel backbone chassis that was first used in the Lotus Elan whilst also relying on fibreglass moulded body for structural strength. The Europa was based on a prototype built to compete for Henry Ford II's contract to build a Le Mans racer in the early 1960's. The four-wheel independent suspension was typical of Chapman's thinking; the rear suspension was a modified Chapman strut as used for his early Formula racing car designs. The forward radius arms were increased in size and rigidity to act as a semi-wishbone. The car's handling prompted automotive writers to describe the Europa as the nearest thing to a Formula car for the road.
Registered on 26th May 1970, this Lotus Europa has only had two owners in its 43 years on the road. The current vendor purchased the car in 1978 and has clearly maintained her well. Subject to a restoration project in the mid 1980's with photographic evidence available, YYP488H is supplied with a very comprehensive history file, a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate(with no advisories) valid until 18th April 2014. This stylish period sports car could prove to be a sound investment.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.