Lot 190 - 1970 Lotus Europa

Lot 190 - 1970 Lotus Europa

Lot 190 - 1970 Lotus Europa

Lot Number 190
Registration SJA 86H
Chassis Number 542363
Engine Number 6972
Odometer reading 9,926 miles
Result Sold - £15,120
  • Fully restored over the last ten years
  • Fitted with a Renault 807 alloy engine

The Lotus Europa used Lotus founder Colin Chapman's minimalist steel backbone chassis that was first used in the Elan, while also relying on its fibreglass moulded body for structural strength, and was based on a prototype built to compete for Henry Ford II's contract to build a Le Mans racing car 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 Chapman's earlier Formula racing car designs with the handling prompting automotive writers to describe the Europa as the nearest thing to a Formula car for the road. The Series One was announced for sale in 1966 and was fitted with a modified Renault 16, 1470cc, inline-four engine and a four-speed gearbox. The Europa was designed and built to be an embodiment of Chapman's often stated philosophy of automotive design; "simplify, then add lightness."

This lovely 1970 Lotus Europa has had over £34,000 spent on restoration works over the last ten years. This included a new Spyder chassis with the Renault Fuego transaxle conversion. All new wishbones and suspension with coil-over shocks, new bushes, bearings etc. The engine was replaced with the revered Renault 807 Gordini style alloy engine, fitted with twin 40 DCOE Weber carburettors and a four-branch sports exhaust system. Repainted in yellow with the interior restored in black and yellow leather and the dashboard refurbished. The car is fitted with electric windows, central locking with an alarm immobiliser and a period looking digital radio and also the car’s alloy wheels have been refurbished. The Lotus Europa is a classic sports car that was ahead of its time in terms of design and performance. Its lightweight body, powerful engine, and excellent handling make it a beloved car among enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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