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1967-1971 Lotus Europa S1/S2 specifications

1967-1971 Lotus Europa S1/S2 specifications Classic and Performance Car

The first mid-engined Lotus failed to make an impact when it was new, but makes an interesting classic buy


Colin Chapman’s first mid-engined road car was aimed squarely at the glamorous European market, where Italians were making inroads with the layout. Based around Renault 16 running gear, all S1 Lotus Europas went for export. They also had their glassfibre body bonded to the steel chassis, making repairs a nightmare. Europa S2s were sold in the UK, from 1969, and only differed from the S1 in being bolted to the chassis and having elecric windows. All but US exports came with 1470cc engines, though many larger 1565cc units have since been transplanted in from dead Renaults.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £1,996
  • Price (excellent)
    £25,000
  • Price (good):
    £15,000
  • Price (average):
    £10,000
  • Price (project):
    £6,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.3secs
  • Top speed:
    117.0mph
  • Power:
    78.0bhp
  • Torque:
    76.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    33.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Mid-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    Glassfibre body and backbone chassis
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3975mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2311mm
  • Width:
    1638mm
  • Height:
    1067mm
  • Weight:
    706kgs

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