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1967 Early series 1 one of 300 For Sale

The Lotus Type 46 Europa (Europe) was designed by genius engineer Colin Chapman in 1966.

Lotus won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1963 and 1965, and Indianapolis in 1965.
Inspired by mid-engine Lotus race cars, the revolutionnary Europa made it possible to drive a "road-legal prototype", one of the very first GTs with mid-engine structure, contemporary to the Lamborghini Miura.

The conception of the Europe Type 46 Series 1 (glassfibre monocoque integrating a steel chassis, ultra-low profile, 600 kg racing-like construction) was far ahead of its time.
The racing version Type 47 won its very first Race at Brands Hatch in Dec. 1966.

The radical style of the Europa, by John Frayling (who had designed the Lola GT MKIV) and Colin Chapman, is a timeless beauty, sleek and elegant.

To save weight and cost, Series 1 Europa have non-opening side windows, as in aircrafts (!).

Of course, Series 1 are not to be confused with more common Series 2 cars, less elegant, heavier, and abundantly available on the market.

On the contrary, out of the 300 first Europe S-1, only a few still exist in orignal conditon - maybe less than 50 ; almost all survivors have been sadly altered with incorrect engine or gearbox, "tuning", modified bodywork and interior, etc.

Our Lotus Eruope S1 (one of the first 300 ever built) was sold new in France in November 1967 by the then importer Royal Elysée. The importer's plate is still in place in the front boot. Then she had two owners, the last one since 1971 to 2014 (more than 40 years in the same hands !), from whom we bought it.

This car was Cirrus White when new (see the period picture of our car, when she as still white). Everything is original except that the electrical system has been redone (Lotus fans know why...). Brakes are new, water radiator and other areas have recently been refurbished.

It is exceptionnally preserved and orignal, a true piece of History and the very first mid-engine Lotus for the road.

Early Lotus are gaining value ; the Type 14 Elite, once below 30.000 €, is now in the 80-100.000 € range.
Our example of the highly sought-after and most rare Series 1 (only 300 made) is a legacy of genius engineer Colin Chapman, and a very good investment for the future.
Price : 40,000 €

Please visit http://www.autodrome.fr for more rare Classics for sale.
Price £35000 POA
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Lotus
Model Europa
  Europa early Series 1
Year 1967
Country France
Region International
Telephone +33 630096491
Status Trade
Date 02-Jan-2019
Ref C705908

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