1971 Lotus Europa



1971 Lotus Europa S2 (Gold Leaf) also known as Lotus Type 46

• High Quality repaint costing over £8,000
• Over £20,000 spent on restoration by the UKs leading Europa specialist
• 5 Speed gearbox, new running gear
• Fully rebuilt 1667 Renault Engine with twin 40’s
• New wheels, New Seats, virtually unused top brand tyres.


Acquired by its last owner Mr Davis in August 1996 for the sum of £5,500.00 he then set about a no expense spared restoration to create a facsimile of a type 47 Golf leaf Europa. All The restoration was carried out over a 15 year period by using the very best Lotus specialists, costing in excess of £40,000 the result is one of the very best Lotus Europa’s available today.
The mileage on the car we believe is correct at 26,488 miles (new Speedo fitted in Sept 2001) however we have no history prior to 1996 to fully substantiate this.

Mileage history from last 18 years of Mot Certificates.
Aug 1996 11,603
Aug 1997 14,158
Sept 1998 16,604
Sept 1999 19,054
Sept 2000 20,427
Sept 2001 21,756 (new electronic Speedo fitted)
Aug 2002 1,207
Sept 2003 2,163
Oct 2004 2,350
Oct 2005 2,432
Oct 2006 2,662
Jan 2009 2,872
Feb 2010 3,040
April 2011 3,932
April 2012 4,401
May 2013 4,517
Jan 2014 4,717
May 2015 4,732

Europa Engineering, Lancashire
Oct 1996 – £328.88 – Europa Door hinges, Thermostat
Dec 1996 – £1,179.23 – Wiring loom, new Dashboard
Mar 1997 – £726.62 – New Callipers, Shoes & pads, wiper assembly, indicator unit.
Aug 1997 – £965.00 – Radiator, New Minilight Wheels, Cooling fan.
Aug 1997 – £79.39 – New front grill, Radiator grill.
April 1998 – £1,519.59 – Clutch kit (3 Piece) full Exhaust, wood steering wheel, Alloy Rocker covers.
Sept 1998 – £2,724.95 – Full Re-build engine to 120 BHP
Feb 1999 – £1,333.45 – Full Service, new wishbones front & rear, front and rear shocks.
Mar 1999 – £68.15 – Rebuild Starter Motor
Sept 1999 – £575.35 – Radio, Speaker kit, Halogen Headlight Conversion
June 2001 – £274.36 – Outboard Drive shaft (Spyder)
June 2001 – £220.43 – Rear Hub
Sept 2001 – £785.22 – Electronic Speedo, engine tune, Oil Gauge
June 2008 – £120.41 – Chrome wheel nuts, Top ball joint
Feb 2009 – £1330.39 – Interior parts
Feb 2009 – £3,024.80 – New interior parts , Transmission rebuild and 5 speed conversion.
April 2009 – £168.29 – Plates & window trim
Aug 2009 – £1,038.80 – New Head Gasket, Elliott Rev counter, Calibrate Speedo.
Other smaller invoices £200

Total spent @ Europa Engineering = £16,713.31

July 2001 Replace Drive flanges, and drive shaft £394.80
Aug 1999 Rear Hub carrier, £340.55

Very sensibly priced at £24,995.00 this car represents very good value for money, it’s a car that can be used and enjoyed for many years to come.
A car that can be admired for its sheer perfection, and would ideally suit an owner who can appreciate its high quality restoration.

Body & Paintwork

A stunning looking car, which grabs attention and admiring looks wherever you take it.

The bodywork is in fantastic order, having benefitted from a full high quality repaint.
The paintwork has been done to a very high standard indeed, and makes this car look as special as it is.

The Gold Leaf colour scheme is one of the best, and really sets this Europa apart.

An absolutely gorgeous car which really must be seen to be appreciated.

Interior & Trim

Within the thousands spent on this vehicle, are many interior trims and parts.
Whilst the Europa never had the best interior finish, this car does tick all the boxes.

Fantastic condition seats & carpets, a lovely looking dashboard with all instruments working as they should do.

The steering wheel is in great condition, along with the matching gear knob.

Unlike many early Lotus cars, this is nicely trimmed and looks beautiful.


The engine runs nicely, with twin 40 weber carburettors fitted.

As with most cars with carbs fitted, it does run much better once warm, and pulls just as it should do.
This car is a lot of fun to drive indeed.

Many invoice and receipts within the history file for works carried out on the engine.

Running Gear

This car drives very nicely, with all the brakes working nicely (new rear brake cylinders).
All the discs and pads have had little use, and show no real signs of wear.

No knocks or noises from the suspension, all is just as it should be.

The gearbox is nice and tight, selecting all gears nicely both on change up & down.