Lot 206 - 1970 12978 Europa S2
|Odometer reading||81,370 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 a 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 and the car's handling prompted automotive writers to describe the Europa as the nearest thing to a Formula car for the road.
An iconic car from the 1960's, this Lotus Europa is finished in yellow with a contrasting black/white interior. Described by the vendor as driving well, DOY92J would possibly benefit from a little time and investment. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate (with no advisories) valid until 30th August 2014, it represents one of the few cars that looks better today than when it was built 43 years ago and is sure to attract attention wherever she goes. Very realistically estimated, it is increasingly hard to find such a striking sportscar.
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.