1970 LOTUS EUROPA S2
The Lotus Europa started life in an interesting way, designed by the then Lotus engineer, Ron Hickman as part of Lotus’s bid to win the contract to build the GT40 for Ford. That contract eventually went to Lola, so Colin Chapman used Hickman’s design and created the Europa. Lightweight design and mid-engine configuration are shared by both GT40 and Europa, just the engine size was different.
The boxed steel chassis has a fibreglass moulded body bonded to it to create structural stiffness and the road/track stability essential for all Lotus cars.
The engine first chosen by Lotus was the Renault 16 1470cc unit. It was modified by Lotus to drive the rear wheels in the Europa and also given a higher compression ratio for more lively performance. Induction was by a single carburetor, however this particular example has had an altered inlet manifold with twin 40mm Weber units fitted to further enhance performance.
The example we have on offer is a Euro-spec – this car has always been a right hand drive.
It is powered by a Renault 16TS cross-flow engine, features a mild cam, 10.5:1 compression, has balanced pistons, a ported head, larger valves and Weber carburettors. The rear end features adjustable upper links with Alfa drive shafts and BMW rear stub axles to prevent the premature wear of the CV joints.
Capable of 120mph/195kph and a standing quarter mile time of 16.7 secs, this is a very lively and exciting classic sports car to own and enjoy.
Available to view in our new showroom in Adelaide.
We can arrange door to door transport Australia-wide.