1971 Lotus Europa S2

$34,000

Year
1971
Make
Lotus
Model
Europa S2
Stock
2929
Vin
0838xx
Miles
17,324
Engine Size
4 CYL
Transmission Type
4 SPEED MANUAL
Drivetrain
RWD

1971 LOTUS EUROPA

The Lotus Europa name is used on two distinct mid-engine GT cars built by British automobile manufacturer Lotus Cars. The original Europa and its variants comprise the Lotus Types 46, 47, 54, 65 and 74, and were produced between 1966 and 1975.

The name was later revived in the Type 121 Europa S, a sports car based on the Lotus Elise produced from 2006 to 2010.

Europa (1966–1975)

By the mid-1960s, the mid-engine vehicle configuration was well-established as the optimal design for Grand Prix cars, however almost no road vehicles yet used this arrangement. Lotus planned the Europa to be a volume-produced, two-seater mid-engine 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 add lightness". To this end, a number of ingenious design approaches were made by Lotus to allow it to economically overcome the many challenges presented by the novel mid-engine arrangement.

Production of the original Lotus Europa ceased in 1975, with a total of 9,230 cars of all models having been built.

Series 2

The Europa Series 2, or Lotus Type 54, was introduced in April 1968 (approximately chassis number 0645 onwards). The S2 used the same 1,470 cc Renault engine and mechanical components as the earlier Series 1, but added a number of key refinements including opening electric windows, adjustable seats, a new fully carpeted interior and a polished wooden fascia panel for the dashboard. The most significant change was the switch from fully bonded construction to the use of bolt fasteners to attach the fibreglass body to the backbone steel frame. While reducing the torsional and flexural stiffness somewhat, the use of a separable body was welcomed by the automotive insurance industry as it greatly reduced the complexity and cost of making repairs to the vehicle.

Early examples of the S2 were externally almost identical to the S1 with the exception of the new windows. From early 1969, secondary front indicator lamp nacelles were added between the headlights, and larger door handles were used in place of the S1's push-button items. During 1968 a number of Europas (and Elans) were produced bearing black-and-silver Lotus badges on the nose and steering wheel in place of the customary yellow-and-green ones. The official Lotus Cars website states these "black-badge" vehicles were to commemorate the death earlier in 1968 of Jim Clark, Lotus's champion Formula One driver, however this is debated by other sources.

Contemporary road tests for the Europa S2 recorded a top speed around 120 mph (195 km/h), 0-60 mph acceleration times of 9.3 seconds, standing 1/4 mile times of around 16.7 seconds, and an overall economy of around 30 mpg (9.4 L/100 km).

CLEAN TITLE IN HAND
4-CYL. 1565 CC ENGINE
4 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
SHIFTS GREAT THROUGH ALL THE GEARS
WEBER 45D COE WITH CUSTOM HEADER
GREAT OIL PRESSURE, NEVER OVERHEATS, DOES NOT BURN OR LEAK OIL
GREAT CLUTCH AND BRAKES
CARB HAS BEEN REBUILT AND THE GAS TANK HAS BEEN CLEANED AND SEALED
NEW BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER
NEW TIRES
NEW CARPETS, DOOR PANELS
NEWLY CHROMED BUMPERS

RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT

Engine

Engine Type
Engine Size
4 CYL
Fuel Specification

Body

Body Color
BLUE
Body Style
Coupe
Doors
2
Paint Type

Basic

Year
1971
Make
Lotus
Model
Europa S2
Miles
17,324

Interior

Interior Color
Black
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
No

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