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 €
At auction there this Lotus Year 1971 mission known for the Lotus was in 2015 restored extremely complex and with attention to detail.
There some tags have been implemented around the built-in motor to the fullest to can.It was installed an Audi BAM 1781 cm3 engine. With Turbo 320 hp and 400 Nm of .....
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VERY RARE "LOTUS EUROPA" S1B (46Mk1) 1968
The most beautiful and elegant of the "LOTUS EUROPA"!
Exotic sports car, from the modern and unique concept of his style.
British manufacture of 102 units (from February 1968 to April .....
Lotus Europa Special Big Valve 5 Speed c/w correct brand Lotus Alloys ***SOLD***SOLD***SOLD***
Original colour, rare in this colour, Oatmeal trim. Subject of a full restoration many years ago including new Lotus chassis, now out from Lotus collection and subject to a new service and MOT ready to be .....
Lotus planned the Europa to be a volume-produced, two-seater mid engined sports coupe built to reasonable cost, quite an ambitious goal for the time. Like all Lotus vehicles of the era, the Europa was designed and built following Chapman's oft-stated philosophy of automotive design: "Simplify, then .....
Just finished an 18 month restoration on a new Lotus chassis. Body stripped of all paint, repaired as necessary and beautifully finished. New dashboard, wiring, radiator, all pipework, brakes, clutch, door handles and all locks, all lighting, chromework, springs, dampers, wheels, tyres, windscreen, .....
Lotus Europa Twin-Cam Big Valve, 1972. Stunning restoration in Team Lotus red/white colours. Total restoration from bare chassis upwards and in beautiful condition throughout. Trimmed in soft magnolia leather interior. Original alloy wheels. New chrome bumpers front and rear. Fantastic .....
A very solid original 1974 Lotus Twin Cam to restore, the engine has been overhauled. Car is complete but lacks the luggage box in the back. Has the original "big valve" Twin Cam engine. Car has no rust coming from the USA from Texas. Car has been imported into the EU, all costs have been paid for. .....
I have for sale my 1971 Lotus Europa Twincam.
I have owned this vehicle for 13 years and prior to that was owned by a friend of mine for 4 years and it is with great regret that I am now selling. I will start off at the very beginning of this advert by saying it has an insurance claim against it .....
Lotus Europa Type 54 S2 but is an S1 1/2 1968.***SOLD***SOLD***SOLD
Very early car with S1/47 Bodyshell. This gives the car the very clean lines on the front of the car (no Naccelle indicators or side lights) with the benefit of detachable chassis but with the Type 46 S1 47 look. Small number of .....