1969 Lotus Europa S2 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Lotus Europa Lotus Europa

Mid-engined, rear driven lightweight in good condition with good history

The Lotus Europa was initially introduced in 1966, and pioneered mid-engined lightweight design for the brand’s road cars.

The car’s design was originally a bid for the contract to design what would ultimately eventuate as the Ford GT40. The contract was awarded to Lola so Colin Chapman took his design and turned them into a Lotus road car.

Production ranged through several series ending in 1975 after 9300 Europas had been manufactured.

Built under Colin Chapman’s "light and simple" design ethos, the car is underpinned by a backbone chassis with four-wheel independent suspension. Atop sits a one-piece fibreglass body with separate doors, boot and bonnet.

The 1969 Lotus Europa S2 on sale here is an Australian-delivered car, sold through Sydney Lotus agent Geoghegans in 1969.

Early history is not known, though extensive records are on hand after an ownership change in 2000, understood to be sold by a very long-term owner.

The car has changed hands a few times since then, passing through NSW and Queensland, whereby the most recent owner kept the car as part of a very interesting collection.

Over the past three years, the car has been driven just 3500kms (total odometer reading is 60,996kms), with the current owner performing regular maintenance at  the counsel of a Lotus specialist. The brakes and driveshafts have been overhauled, smaller carburettors fitted, and various electrical and mechanical gremlins have been addressed.

The car presents well, with just one noticeable small crack present in the fibreglass bodywork – driver’s side front fender above bonnet hinge.

All chromework, lights and emblems are in good condition, as is the original-seeming interior with a few small tears in seat bolsters and worn carpet.

According to the build plaque and individual engine and transmission numbers, the car appears to have had an engine and gearbox swap in its time, now bearing a Renault Type 807-01 1565cc motor mated to a Type 336 gearbox. These are Europa-correct mechanicals however.

The car comes with a detailed history file, parts manual, workshop manual, a copy of the owner’s manual, parts interchange/cross reference guide, original sales brochure, spare keys and tool kit and jack.

The car is based in Queensland and is listed for $35,000.

You can check out the full listing here!

 

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