2022 Shannons Autumn Timed Online Auction

1972 Lotus Europa 'Twin Cam' Coupe





Engine In-line 4-cylinder, 1557cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Body Work Coupe
Colour Red
Interior Black Houndstooth
Trim Leather
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs

Notice (Form 11)


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Introduced in 1966, the Europa was Lotus’ first mid-engined road car.  Powered by an uprated Renault 16 engine and transaxle, Lotus essentially rotated the mechanicals to fit the new model.  The Europa followed the Lotus practice of using a steel backbone chassis with fibreglass panels and was agile, lightweight and fragile in equal measure.  The earliest Europas had the bodywork bonded to the chassis and ran four-wheel independent suspension with the infamous 'Chapman Strut' rear layout.  The Series 1 Europa was considered an 'export-market' car and was not sold new in the UK.  Later versions, known as Series 1A and 1B, incorporated several improvements that were continued into the Series 2.  For the Series 2 Europa of 1968 further details were improved – for example the body was attached via bolts to make accident repair far less daunting.  It also scored some extra equipment including electric windows and adjustable seats and the S2 was also made available in its home market by 1969.  There was also an enlarged Federal version designed for the US market with an engine of 1565cc capacity; some S2s were converted to right-hand drive with this engine. 1971 introduced the Europa Twin Cam, Lotus returning to the well-known Ford DOHC 'four' as its primary engine choice.   The usual Renault four-speed remained until 1972 when a newer box (still made by Renault) replaced it.  Finally, the Europa 'Special' ran the Big Valve version of the Ford engine as seen in the Elan and made 94kW with Dell'Orto carburettors and there was also the option of a five-speed Renault 'box for the first time.  Although the Series 1 is the rarest with only 638 built (split between S1: 296, S1A/B: 342), the later cars (4294 Series 2 and 4950 Twin Cams) are the preferred choice of drivers for their extra refinements.